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. —Apple.com
At the age of 26, Steven Soderbergh permanently altered the face of independent cinema when he became the youngest-ever winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival for sex, lies and videotape, his feature-film directorial debut. A simmering exploration of the nature of modern relationships and the links between sexuality and voyeurism, the film was an international sensation that established its director as one of the golden boys of world cinema. Born in Georgia on January 14, 1963, Soderbergh grew up in Baton Rouge, LA, where his father was the Dean of Louisiana State University’s College of Education. While still in high school, Soderbergh enrolled in the university’s film animation class and began making short 16 mm films with second-hand equipment. After he graduated from high school, he went to Hollywood, where he worked as a freelance editor. Soderbergh’s time in Hollywood was brief, and he soon returned home, where he continued making short films and writing scripts… read more
The Matt Damon storyline is the only weak point in this film. Great soundtrack, great acting, great atmosphere, and very realistic. Honestly, people who didn't like this film "because they wanted zombies and shit" should really stay home and watch The Walking Dead. Another Soderbergh experience that keeps proving he is still the man.
Marion Cotillard's side-narrative beyond her abduction doesn't further the main narrative and distracts from it and weakens dramatic tension. The purpose of Jude Law's character is similarly questionable: a narcissist of whom it's hinted that he will persuade people to reject the official antidote. His threat isn't realised and is quickly passed over; a hint of danger and he's gone: totally redundant. Otherwise O.K.
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An excellent disease procedural with fine performances from an outstanding cast. There’s a distance to it, though. I never really felt any of these people or shared what they experienced. The cinematography… read review
Soderberg’s latest cinematic treat is a mesmerizing thrill ride from start to finish. Style wise I would have to put this next to “Ocean’s 11” only with the stakes and emotional investment close to… read review
Starring a who’s-who of stars who want to work with Steven Soderbergh, Contagion dramatizes the possibility of a nightmare epidemic with nervous, twitching intensity. It’s easy to… read review