Contagion (2011)


Contagion tells the story of a world in the thrall of a worst case scenario involving a deadly virus.

This action-thriller (acthirltion? Huh? Did I coin it? Yeah.) centers on a team of doctors at the CDC, which is the most exciting of government agencies, trying to deal with the outbreak. Not a lot of details are available at present, but it is known that the film will be awesome.

Wait, how is that known? Who told me…

Stop talking about your own film, JUDE LAW.

(it’s like I know him, which should help me get laid)



The Scoop

Director Steven Soderbergh is on board for contagion, which makes me wonder, where’s the pornstar or professional cage fighter in the cast? He’s been casting these people constantly as of late, and damnit, I want more stupid casting decisions.

Writer Scott Burns has some solid work in his background, having written The Bourne Ultimatum (which we can all agree was equally good to the other Bourne films, since they were all the same) and he wrote another Soderbergh film, The Informant!

Who’s It For?

No rating yet, but I could see it going R.

Movie Release Date

October 21, 2011.

Who’s In It?

Matt Damon … Thomas Emhoff
Marion Cotillard … Dr. Leonora Orantes
Kate Winslet … Dr. Erin Mears
Jude Law … Alan Krumwiede
Gwyneth Paltrow … Beth Emhoff
Laurence Fishburne … Dr. Ellis Cheever

Interesting Fact

I like to think of Contagion as a sequel to The Talented Mr. Ripley, which also starred Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law.

Related Movies

The Talented Mr. Ripley, Outbreak, 28 Days Later, Haywire, The Girlfriend Experience.

What’s Good About It?

Soderbergh is a really good director, and while I think he’s working on too many projects as of late, which about forty movies being released over the last two years, he still releases quality films everytime. Even the Ocean’s films were entertaining, if a bit retarded. I see similar quality in Contagion. Plus, this cast is excellent.

What’s Bad About It?

This may be the film that shows Soderbergh has spread himself too thin, plus I feel like I’ve seen this type of story too many times already. Although Outbreak was good…

Our Clever Prediction

With this type of star power, Contagion has to make pretty good money. I see a good box office, and critics loving it.

You, on the other hand, will prove yourself to be a jackass and hate it.

And we will criticize you for it relentlessly.

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  1. I actually saw some of the film first hand. I got cast as an extra in San Francisco as a news reporter and we filmed last sunday in the SF chronical offices. Everyone was extremely professional and all the actors/actresses were fantastic. I can absolutely see this film being one of the best films of 2011. It was actually my first film to be in but hopefully not my last.

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