Contagion – A highly contagious movie review

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Disease, Movies

The movie Contagion rather deals with the events during an outbreak of a highly contagious virus than with the long term aftermath of it. Which doesn’t make it less thrilling. Actually, you could call it a medical thriller.

First it appears that Elisabeth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) has got a normal cold returning from a business trip from Hong Kong to Minneapolis. To no surprise her son soon shows the same symptoms as Beth. Two days after her arrival Beth’s condition has become worse and she collapses with severe seizures. Her husband Mitch (Matt Damon) takes her to the ER but it’s too late. Beth is the first victim on american soil…and not the last (the latest number mentioned in the film is 26 million deaths).

While Mitch’s perspective shows the situation of the people in the surburbs and streets, the perspective of Dr. Ellis Cheever (Lawrence Fishburne) from the CDC shows the hunt for the virus and a vaccine. The virus naturally doesn’t differentiate between people and so Cheever’s colleague Dr. Erin Mears (Kate Winslet) eventuelly gets infected.
There are some side plots e.g. about the blogger Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law) who pretends his own infection and miraculous cure by using a homeopathic drug to boost it’s sales numbers. I don’t want to go into detail there.

While I found the side plots sometimes a little too much, the main plot about the rapidly ravaging virus outbreak and how civilisation responds to it has been greatly done.

Checkout the Trailer, makes you want to go for more.


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