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Movie Review: Contagion (2011)

Even though Contagion is too clinical, it proves to be an effective disaster movie enough to give rise to your inner germophobe.

Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart. — (C) Warner Bros.

Its realistic plot will not only make you wary of anyone who coughs within 5 feet, but also shows you the effect of a lethal virus on a global scale.  It’s not about some misfit scientist who ends up saving the world by accident. Protocols provide much red tape, it will take months before human trials, and who gets to have it first? People change with a flick of coin. Disasters just don’t cause panic, but also give rise to greed. The biggest threat is not always the next storm, it may be just around the corner from an elevator button. Along with movie’s great cinematography, all of this turns into a tense scary pandemic that’s uncomfortably plausible.

Contagion does build up as a nice thriller, but its too clinical. It doesn’t really care much about its characters, nor gives you any reason to care about them. They’re more like unprepared witnesses to a global event that they can’t wait to blow over. The A list cast does a good job though, and Kate Winslet stood out.

In spite of this Contagion successfully scares you enough to think about where your hands had been, and will be.

My Rating: 7.5/10

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