Thoughts: The trailer made the movie look like a suspense movie but it isn't, it is an extremely boring movie was almost nothing happens. You are waiting the whole movie for something to happen but it doesn't. There isn't a moment of suspense in the movie. Contagion had an all star cast of actors but their performances were stiff. It also ends abruptly and leaves a lot of loose ends, which really isn't a bad since the movie is so terrible. The best part of the movie was the credits because it was finally over.
Directed by:Steven Soderbergh
Genre: Drama, Fake Documentary
Release Date: September 9, 2011
Running Time: 106 minutes
The Bad: Extremely slow and boring, Awful pacing, Stiff performances by an All-Star cast of actors,
Plot: The following plot summery is copied from Wikipedia.com.
The film follows several interacting plotlines, with no single protagonist, over the course of several weeks from the initial outbreak and attempts to contain it, to panic and decay of social order, and, finally, to the introduction of a vaccine.
After a business trip to Hong Kong, businesswoman Beth Emhoff (Paltrow) stops in Chicago for a dalliance with an old boyfriend before returning to her husband and family in suburban Minneapolis. At first she appears to have contracted a cold during her trip. Her son, Clark, also becomes symptomatic and is sent home from school. Beth's condition worsens and two days later she collapses with severe seizures in her home. Beth's husband, Mitch (Damon), rushes her to the hospital, but she continues to seize and dies of an unknown virus. Because it affects the brain and central nervous system, pathologists attribute it to a meningoencephalitis virus. Mitch returns home and finds that Clark has also died from a similar infection. Mitch is put in isolation but turns out to be genetically immune to the disease. He and his daughter attempt to flee the city, but a military quarantine has been imposed, and they are forced to return to their home to face decaying social order and rampant looting of stores and homes. Not knowing whether his daughter inherited his immunity, Mitch struggles to balance his teenage daughter's frustration with quarantine with his desire to protect her, while trying to come to terms with his own loss.
In Atlanta, representatives from the Department of Homeland Security meet with Dr. Ellis Cheever (Fishburne) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and express fears that the disease is a bioweapon intended to cause terror over the Thanksgiving weekend. Cheever sends Dr. Erin Mears (Winslet), an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer, to Minneapolis to begin the investigation. In addition to tracing the outbreak back to Beth, Dr. Mears has to negotiate with local bureaucrats reluctant to commit resources. She later becomes infected with the disease after being in contact with contaminated fomites while staying at her hotel. The Minnesota National Guard arrives to quarantine the city, and a badly deteriorating Dr. Mears is moved to the field medical station she helped set up. Watch the movie to what happens but I highly recommend against it.
Plot: 3.3/10- The whole perish for the movie could have worked but the bad acting, painfully slow plot progression, poor character development and made an uneventful plot, were you don't care about the characters.
Acting: 4.6/10- Despite the great cast of famous actors the acting was actually bad.
Special effects: N/A
Soundtrack: 5.0/10- Nothing memorable.
Comedy: N/A- I can't even remember laughing once during the movie or even smiling.
Overall: 3.3/10- Overall Contagion is probably the slowest movie of the year and the plot cannot even save it from being a bad movie.
Closing comments: I know the movie has gotten some positive reviews but I do not know why.
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