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Review: Contagion (2011)

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It’s a zombie movie minus the zombies. It’s Jude Law with screwed up teeth. It’s Gwyneth Paltrow looking like death. However you want to describe it, it’s Contagion.

Contagion is not for the germaphobe or the hypochondriac. It follows the spread of a deadly virus, and the race to create a vaccine to stop it. Several stories are pieced together, each taking on a different aspect of the affect the virus is having on the world. Matt Damon and his family make it personal, Jude Law tries make a conspiracy theory, Kate Winslet and Lawrence Fishburne try to find out how it all started.

While Contagion takes a look at some of the behind the scenes stuff that were to possibly happen if something of this scale were to break out, it also takes a look at how the population would react. It’s not quite a horror movie, but it makes it worse, knowing that something like this is not too far out of our imagination. Soderbergh uses close ups of phones and handrails to show off how easily something can spread, taking our everyday lives and throwing some danger in it. You can’t complain about the acting with the caliber of those involved. Even comedian Demetri Martin makes a surprise appearance and doesn’t botch it up. Some people hated the movie, but I loved it. The old school video game like music only furthered the on-edge feel Contagion has.

My Rating: B

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