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Contagion (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 9 September 2011 (USA)
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Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure.

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Soon after her return from a business trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what is a flu or some other type of infection. Her young son dies later the same day. Her husband Mitch however seems immune. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. For doctors and administrators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, several days pass before anyone realizes the extent or gravity of this new infection. They must first identify the type of virus in question and then find a means of combating it, a process that will likely take several months. As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic. Written by garykmcd

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing content and some language | See all certifications »

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9 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Contagion: The IMAX Experience  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,403,596 (USA) (9 September 2011)

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$75,638,743 (USA) (9 December 2011)
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Steven Soderbergh and Scott Z. Burns were planning to follow up The Informant! (2009) with a biopic about controversial German director Leni Riefenstahl, but Soderbergh decided to abandon that project because it would have a very limited potential audience. The two men then came up with an idea for a suspense and drama look at a worldwide medical crisis, which they fine-tuned into this film. See more »

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Even though Mitch Emhoff is demonstrated as being naturally immune to the disease, no efforts are made to use him in the search for a cure. In fact, no efforts are made to protect him, his family or his identity or even provide him with food or shelter. See more »

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Jory Emhoff: [Rhetorically] Why can't they invent a shot that keeps time from passing?
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References Rock Band (2007) See more »

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All I Want Is You
Lyrics by Bono
Music by U2
Performed by U2
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd. under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Effective, thought provoking, and mis-marketed.
11 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not much to say that hasn't been already… the critics are right, it is an effective slick movie that may be a bit slight as far as character development but doesn't suffer too badly for it. This is a movie far more about ideas than people and that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Excellent direction from Soderbergh, masterful cinematography, and while there are a few logical mis-steps, the writing more than makes up for that by confounding expectations more than once in truly creative and credible ways.

Unfortunately trailers have many seeking an action thrill-ride, when what it delivers for the most part is a slow boiling suspenseful drama. When will Hollywood learn that setting expectations that don't match the product may sell a few extra tickets in the beginning, but hurts word of mouth and user reviews which are needed for the success of a film beyond the opening weekend.


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