Contagion Full Movie Review


Yahooooooo. So, I know Contagion is screening in cinemas already starting from today and guess what peeps? I watched it earlier than most people. Buahahhahahahahahahahhahaa. *evil laughter continues* Yesh, I got invites to watch it all thanks to Nuffnang :DD Been awhile since I joined any screenings because I was being selective before entering. I didn't know about the movie until I saw Nuffnang posting saying that they have tickets to giveaway for preview screening and I saw the cast list: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Jude Law. Hoomg?! Jude Law and Matt Damon in the same movie? Awesome much :P






Let's talk about the movie now! WARNING: SPOILER AHEAD. There would be some part that I may have forgotten or not very detailed. Forgive me. This is my first time reviewing a movie anyway? :P

K. Basically, you should already know the synopsis of the movie. What?? You mean you don't know? O; Okayyy.. Some intro about the movies first tho. This film is a thriller, I won't say it's horror. There are many casts in this movie mainly because of the storyline. There isn't really any leading or supporting character because most of their onscreen-time is very short. The movie is mainly about an outbreak of a deadly disease and an international team of professionals are trying to deal with this.



So, the movie starts off with "Day 2", you would be wondering why. You'll only know at the end of the movie. Day 2 shows Gwyneth Paltrow as Beth Emhoff in an airport, supposedly "jet-lagged" and was coughing while she was on the phone, waiting for the next flight. After that, the movie continues showing several people who were sick - drowsy, sweating a lot, coughing - in several parts of the world.


Beth Emhoff's son was seen to be ill in the clinic when Mitch Emhoff (Matt Damon) picked them up. Next thing you know, Beth Emhoff was having seizure in her kitchen while Emhoff was talking to her. Well, as you would have known from the trailer, Beth says byebye to the world. Beth continue to make several appearance in the movie through flashbacks. Soon after Beth's death, her son, Clark, followed suit next. It was made known that something was very wrong with Beth and after much investigations turns out, not surprisingly, that Beth is Patient Zero.


The movie continues to introduce more characters, with Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law) coming into the picture as a controversial blogger-journalist who found the video of a man dying in a bus. He gotten many hits in his blog by producing Vlogs and such ,saying he found the cure to the disease and criticized the government and the other organisations for working hands in glove for not revealing the cure because of financial gains. 


Emhoff was quarantined so that investigations can be done and also to check whether he has gotten the infection. Turns out, he wasn't and he was Emhoff's daughter came into the picture and in several parts of the movie, Emhoff was very conscious about the environment and did his best to keep his daughter safe.


Kate Winslet plays Dr. Erin Mears, who was probably my favourite character in the movie. She was under Dr. Ellis (see below) and was sent to get more information. If I didn't mistaken, she was an expert in epidemic viruses. She was very hardworking and often neglected herself. She played a very noble character. Even till the end, when she knew she was infected, she still did whatever she could, to get the list of the possible people who would have been infected by her. Eventually, :( she died. T________T Saddest part of the movie. And before she died, she was struggling to fight to live on, but she gave her jacket to the one beside her who was complaining that he was very cold.


Laurence Fishburne plays Dr. Ellis Cheever, which plays a prominent role in this movie too. I think his onscreen-time was probably the longest out of all the casts, but I may be wrong :P He was very caring towards Dr. Erin who was in his team of CDC (Centres for Disease for Control and Prevention). His team was finding cures and was facing a lot of pressure. Dr. Cheever displayed a selfish behavior when he asked his soon-to-be wife to run away before everyone else get the chance. Very unprofessional for his job. But towards the end, Dr. Cheever gave away his vaccine to Roger's son.


Marion Cotillard is Dr. Leonora Orantes who is also in the medic team and was working with Chin Han. Chin Han planned a kidnap and demanded for cure and treatments as random. The deal was made but when Dr. Leonara found out that Chin Han had gotten the fake vaccines, Dr. Leonara was seen to rush off from the airport.


Hero, or rather heroine of the movie goes is Ally Hextall (Jennifer Ehle). She tested vaccines on monkeys and when she found out that one monkey was not sick, she tested the vaccine on herself although it was against all the protocols.  

There are many more characters in this movie but the one I mentioned are the ones that plays a significant role than all the rest. While the world was being panicked, Dr. Ellis and his team was working hard to find cure. Alan was coming up with more controversies. Emhoff had no time to mourn but fighting to protect his daughter from the disease. The movies shows a progression mainly about the disease, how it spread and affected millions of life. But there was a rather happy ending since there was a cure. Movie ends with "Day 1", showing how exactly Beth got the terrible disease. Pig and bats. Hahaha.

I know many have found this movie to be boring. But this movie shows very realistic responses in life. When people gets desperate, they would do things that are not right, even if it seemed right at that time. I believe there are many lessons to learn. I know people don't wanna watch this kinda movie and classified this as "documentary". But hey, wait till you face it. It's as true as it gets. 

I rate this movie, 7/10. Maybe I tend to be a bit biased coz I like Matt Damon, Jude Law and Kate Winslet. Lalala. But then again, their onscreen-time is so little. Don't agree with me? Then watch for yourself then judge. :] 


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