Contagion [Blu-ray] [2011]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (52 out of 57)

Synopsis


Contagion
Steven Soderbergh presents this look at what happens when an infectious disease threatens humanity through varied viewpoints from an ensemble cast, including Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, and Kate Winslet. The Informant's Scott Z. Burns provides the script. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Marion Cotillard
    Marion Cotillard - Dr. Leonora Orantes
  • Matt Damon
    Matt Damon - Mitch Emhoff
  • Laurence Fishburne
    Laurence Fishburne - Dr. Ellis Cheever
  • Jude Law
    Jude Law - Alan Krumwiede
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
    Gwyneth Paltrow - Beth Emhoff



Overall customer rating

4.3
92%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pandemic on film

    Posted
    Treydle
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    What if the weapon that does in modern civilization is one so small that it can only be seen under a microscope? And worse yet, what if it can’t be stopped? If even hearing those questions causes you to panic, you want to skip this film. Beth Emhoff (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) returns home from a business trip to Hong Kong with symptoms of what appears to be a minor illness until her husband Mitch (played by Matt Damon) finds her on the kitchen floor having a seizure. The doctors are dumbfounded as the disease manages to spread not only in the Emhoffs’ hometown of Minneapolis but also in other communities across the U.S. and the globe. The resulting fears are then stoked by a conspiracy-minded blogger named Alan Krunweide (played by Jude Law) who sees the disease as an attempt to further trim the civil liberties of ordinary citizens while drug companies and medical professionals rake in untold profits. All while actual medical professionals (played by Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard and others) continue to work tirelessly and gain little, if any, advantage in the fight. As already mentioned, this is a very impressive cast. The individual stories tug at the sympathies of every viewer while the overall narrative is chilling to both germaphobes and those with anti-government leanings. And the eventual explanation montage ties all the events off very nicely. Easily worth the trip.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

    Posted
    Paulta
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    It's not a bad film but it certainly is no thriller. It's exactly what it says. A film about disease and the spreading of said disease. There's no real connection with any of the characters or any of the stars of the cast. They try with Damon and Fishburne's characters but they spend large chunks of this film absent from the story. It's a messy grab bag of a film that splinters and runs off in many directions for no reason at all. Also, the impact of this global disaster wasn't even depicted to the level one would expect. It certainly takes a shortcut through just what an economic disaster this would create. No "evil" liberal blogger would be able to profit and everyone would be economically devastated as much as anything.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Such a disappointment.

    Posted
    Bigfootstheman
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    I went in to this movie expecting something interesting and intriguing. I was so very let down. The movie is packed with great actors and actresses, but that doesn't compensate for the speed at with the movie moves. The rate at which the story moved could be compared to the rate at which a turtle crawls. Everything seemed very vague and uninteresting. And the way it ends, it made it feel like M. Night Shyamalan wrote it. 'What a twist!' Almost as though throwing a twist in at the end makes up for the fact that every character is boring and doesn't really have a backstory. It's not that I was looking for action either. Just something a little more engaging. There are far better movies out there to watch. Especially with Laurence Fishburne in them.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Its about the disease, not the cast.

    Posted
    JZWPB

    Overall, I thought the movie was pretty good. I'm not sure why folks thought it was slowed paced. The scenes take you from place to place rather quickly, to follow the disease, not the characters. This is not the movie that dives deep into the background of the characters. Again, it's about the disease, not the cast. I would say that Jude Law has the most screen time, and Gwyneth Paltrow has the least. I don't want to leave any spoilers behind, so I will finish up with this. China must hate this movie. I liked it quite a bit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    virus kills

    Posted
    PETMARS
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    As far as it goes in the virus kills humanity genre, this movie was different. It showed the human side rather then just the last minute cure. It gives a look into the lives and friendships of those closest to the virus and what they go through to find and treat the disease. I found it very enjoyable to watch. It was different. No zombies this time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wash Your Hands!!!

    Posted
    Anonymous
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    Any one who works in the healthcare industry, learns early to wash your hands, and don't keep touching your face. With people being so global today, this is bound to happen in our lifetime. This was a great story, good acting, and gives you something to really think about. Our health is really a gift, and very fragile in the path of an epidemic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A sit up and take notice movie...

    Posted
    Gilsbebe
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    Hollywood plot showing what has happened on smaller scales around the world and the possibility of what could happen. If you only take away the awareness of hygiene and contamination, you are a little more informed. It is truly amazing how one little thing can become a huge disaster. We just never know..........

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    THIS IS ONE THAT COULD BE REAL

    Posted
    JOHN
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    I REALLY LIKED THIS FLICK. DIDNT LIKE PALTROW IN IT AND MATT DAMON FELT FLAT AT TIMES, BUT WHAT A INTERESTING AND INTRIGUING CHAIN OF EVENTS THAT MIGHT ACTUALLY BE CARRIED OUT. I PICKED THIS UP AT BEST BUY WITH A SLIPCOVER FOR 5.99 AND ITS WELL WORTH IT AT THAT PRICE.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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