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Contagion (2011)

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Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a pandemic as the CDC works to find a cure.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writer:

Scott Z. Burns
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Beth Emhoff
Tien You Chui ... Li Fai (as Chui Tien You)
Josie Ho ... Li Fai's Sister
Daria Strokous ... Irina
Matt Damon ... Mitch Emhoff
Griffin Kane ... Clark Morrow
Yoshiaki Kobayashi ... Japanese Bus Man
Laurence Fishburne ... Dr. Ellis Cheever
John Hawkes ... Roger
Jude Law ... Alan Krumwiede
Monique Gabriela Curnen ... Lorraine Vasquez
Teri McEvoy Teri McEvoy ... School Nurse
Sue Redman ... ER Nurse #1
Teri Campbell Teri Campbell ... ER Nurse #2
Stef Tovar ... Dr. Arrington
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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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Nothing spreads like fear See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Marion Cotillard, Chin Han, and Monique Gabriela Curnen have all appeared in "The Dark Knight Trilogy." Chin Han played Lau and Monique Gabriela Curnen played Anna Ramirez in "The Dark Knight (2008)," while Marion Cotillard played Miranda Tate in "The Dark Knight Rises (2012)." See more »

Goofs

When Alan Krumwiede is detained he is told that they found no viral antibodies in his body and therefore he never had MEV-1 and thus forsythia's benefits he was promoting on the blog are a lie. In fact, as mentioned earlier in the movie, people with no natural immunity (like Mr Emhoff) fail to mount an immune response to the virus. It is, therefore, possible that Krumwiede had the virus and that it was cleared by forsythia without him having a detectable antibody response. See more »

Quotes

Jory Emhoff: [Rhetorically] Why can't they invent a shot that keeps time from passing?
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Connections

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Soundtracks

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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Go and wash your hands...NOW!
26 October 2011 | by alan-chan-158-451491See all my reviews

Now go and wash your hands! That's what you'll be doing after you see this film. Contagion is a frightening realistic procedural thriller about the spread of an airborne pandemic virus, its impact on an ensemble cast of characters played by a veritable 'Who's Who' of Hollywood and the subsequent race to find a cure.

Like his earlier work 'Traffic', Soderbergh skilfully interweaves the various story lines into a bigger picture that breathlessly tracks and encircles the globe. The cast do not let him down. It's impossible to see a bad performance from Matt Damon and once again his role as a grieving father is sensitively and painfully played. We really feel his sense of sudden and unexpected loss as he struggles to internalise the news of his wife's death, disbelieving, dazed and confused. Marion Cotillard adds an international hue to her role as a World Health Organisation investigator whilst Jude Law plays the role of an insidious Australian blogger, who dangerously undermines the medical establishment's attempts to find a cure for his own conspiratorial and financial gains, to perfection. I could go on; Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Ehle and John Hawkes all provide solid support in a starry cast.

What makes this film so compelling is the way Soderbergh is able to show how unhygienic human beings are and how easy it is to create a pandemic. In hundreds of different absent minded ways we touch our faces on a daily basis and in doing so, transfer and spread dangerous viruses amongst ourselves. Next time you're in the supermarket look out for the number of people who pick their noses, wipe their mouths and cough, sneeze and splutter their way past you without any attempts to cover their mouths. They're picking up (and putting back) the fruit and vegetables, handling groceries and even touching your hand when supermarket staff are giving back your card or change! Worse still, a recent survey showed that although 95% of people say they wash their hands, only 12% actually do so and consequently 1 in 6 mobile phones have faecal bacterial on them and 30% of all handbags. I could go on.

Despite a slightly preposterous storyline when Cotillard is kidnapped in Hong Kong, Soderbergh does portray the breakdown of society in an uncomfortably truthful way when people are suddenly and unexpectedly faced with their own extinction and the instincts of self preservation take over. This could have been explored a little further around the world although at all times the story is grounded in reality. Even the death toll of 27 million worldwide in four months has the ring of truth about it and this is due in no small part to the film's chief scientific adviser, Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, the John Snow Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University. The televised national lottery in the film is something that I could see happening in the interests of fairness and impartiality when the supply of vaccines is unable to keep up with demand when life and death is only one injection away.

At the film's closing credits one thing stands out and that is the unheralded and heroic work of the thousands of doctors, microbiologists, virologists and vaccine researchers around the world who labour night and day to minimise the effects of such a pandemic occurring which might wipe out the human race. If you're a pessimist like me in this age of global warming, massive deforestation, the depletion of the earth's natural resources, the extinction of wildlife habitats, overpopulation and overcrowding, go figure...a pandemic like the one portrayed in Contagion is inevitable (and long overdue according to the scientific world). The only question that remains is how many people will it kill? Anyway, go and see the film – it's a thought provoking and scary chiller that taps into the current zeitgeist.


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Release Date:

9 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,403,596, 11 September 2011

Gross USA:

$75,658,097

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,515,867
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