CONTAGION [2011] movie review

December 29, 2011 · Print This Article

There are a lot of stars on the one sheet for CONTAGION, which is a bit misleading as some of them get very little screen time.  Even the characters that do get leading roles are rather forgettable as the movie does not build much emotional investment in them so if they live or die produces little drama for the viewer.  If you like learning about behind the scenes practices of the CDC and how a new virus gets itself identified, isolated and cured, then CONTAGION may hold your interest.

For me, that type of behind the scenes look did hold my interest, yet with an outbreak storyline set in modern social media times, there seemed to be a lot left unmined by the movie.  What type of panic would happen when the number of deaths reached 2.5 million?  All we saw was the usual looting of grocery stores.

Despite these complaints, I actually kind of enjoyed CONTAGION as the pacing was fairly swift and I wanted to see how much the panic and loss would escalate.  We never know how many millions were killed by the virus.  Likewise, I would be interested in seeing how society deals with the loss of millions of people in modern times.

The most interesting part of the movie was the storyline about the investigation into the first person to get and spread the virus.  I found that procedure to be well executed on screen, well, at least until a ludicrous kidnapping.

It seems like there are a lot of questions I would like to know the answers to that were raised in CONTAGION.  Perhaps a sequel then?


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