• Contagion (2011)

Contagion

Release Date: September 9th, 2011

DVD Release Date: January 3rd, 2012

PG-13 |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to Minnesota from a Hong Kong business trip, she attributes the malaise she feels to jet lag. However, two days later, Beth is dead, and doctors tell her shocked husband (Matt Damon) that they have no idea what killed her. Soon, many others start to exhibit the same symptoms, and a global pandemic explodes. Doctors try to contain the lethal microbe, but society begins to collapse as a blogger (Jude Law) fans the flames of paranoia.

Cast: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Ehle, Bryan Cranston

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Genres: Drama , Thriller

Production Co: Double Feature Films, Gregory Jacobs

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Melodramatic, 2010s, Hospital, Escape, Doctor, Husband, Sacrifice, Gripping, Death

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    One aspect of the film is befuddling. Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law) is a popular blogger with conspiracy theories about the government's ties with drug companies. His concerns are ominous but unfocused. Does he think drug companies encourage viruses? The blogger subplot doesn't interact clearly with the main story lines and functions mostly as an alarming but vague distraction. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The pressure cooker plot calls for intense performances all around but first among equals are Winslet and Ehle. show more

  • 85
    Movieline

    Contagion's restraint is marred by one element - Alan Krumwiede, the San Francisco-based activist blogger played by Jude Law, a conspiracy theorist who wields claims about uncovering the truth like a blunt instrument intended to menace. show more

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