Rent Contagion (2011)

3.2 of 5 from 374 ratings
1h 42min
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Synopsis:
When a lethal airborne virus with the power to wipe out humanity is unleashed, the worldwide medical community races to find a vaccine and stop the panic from spreading. This edge-of-your-seat thriller follows the deadly path of a virus that is beyond containment. Researchers for disease control, the military, the World Health Organisation and ordinary civilians mobilise to try and find a cure and the cause before it's too late.
Actors:
, , , , Tien You Chui, , Daria Strokous, , Yoshiaki Kobayashi, , , , , , Teri Campbell, , , , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Gregory Jacobs, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Steven Soderbergh
Voiced By:
Steven Soderbergh
Writers:
Scott Z. Burns
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/03/2012
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
English, French, Italian
Subtitles:
Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Contagion: How a Virus Changes The World
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/03/2012
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
Cantonese, Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Castillian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Contagion: How a Virus Changes The World

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Reviews (2) of Contagion

Prophetic, and rivetting - Contagion review by Martyn

Spoiler Alert
02/04/2020

Topical amid coronavirus, this tells of a flu pandemic originating in China with a virus passing from bats to humans. Naturally, for dramatic effect the virus in the story is far more deadly than the one we face.

The science is real and well-explained. The film avoids the Hollywood stereotype of the maverick scientist up against the 'government'. Instead, the CDC get to work, risking themselves, unpicking the mystery and managing the spread. The charismatic YouTube influencer with 12 million followers is part of the problem, advocating his own quack treatment and preaching against the real vaccine, when it finally arrives.

The film depicts first panic buying, then looting and a partial breakdown of society, and a realistic depiction of human nature - selfishness, mistrust, excessive fear. Significant subplots take place in China, most the story is set in the US.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Desperately dull - Contagion review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
19/03/2012

This should have been a tense, dramatic thriller and it started off well enough with the scenes with Damon and Paltrow. But after that it descended into a boring and slow-moving film; watching a culture grow would have been more interesting.

0 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Contagion review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

From award winning director Steven Soderbergh comes a cast full of even more Oscar winners and nominees in this scarily realistic thriller about a deadly virus.

After all the threats of swine and bird flu, it is no wonder such a movie has got audiences all riled up; where narratives of this nature are normally held together by thinly veiled moral lessons or blatantly obvious horror clichés Soderbergh and his co-writer Scott Z. Burns have filled Contagion with a disturbingly accurate dose of gritty realism.

The cast of this piece is almost unbelievable including Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Matt Damon, all of whom contribute excellent performances to this study of humanity and society. On a few levels the movie raises some really interesting points and shows, with a good helping of drama, the way fear can tear civilization down. Unfortunately these aren’t really explored to their full potential in the movie and it simply leaves you watching a germ riddled but average action movie.

Although the premise of the movie is most intriguing the movie quickly spirals downward after the first quarter, when blind panic ensues and the movie becomes just another disaster movie but with a nasty cold rather than an alien attack.

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