Synopsis from IMDB
Soon after her return from a business trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what is a flu or some other type of infection. Her young son dies a few days later. Her husband Mitch however seems immune. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. For doctors and administrators at the U.S. Center for Disease Control, several days pass before anyone realizes the extent or gravity of this new infection. They must first identify the type of virus in question and then find a means of combating it, a process that will likely take several months. As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic.
Finally back to writing movie reviews, YAY! Contagion is about a woman named Beth (Gwyneth Paltrow) who goes overseas on a business trip. She takes a little “detour” before returning home. But while returning home, she catches a bug. It looks and starts off as a fever, but after a couple of days, the fever takes over and people die. And it seems that everyone Beth has come into contact with (directly and indirectly) has also caught this deadly virus including her son. This movie follows various people who all are fighting against the virus and are trying to figure out how to stop it or maybe exploit it.
I liked this movie. I like how it followed everyone’s point of view with this pandemic. You have the scientists who are working hard trying to come up with a vaccine, Beth’s remaining family, Mitch (Matt Damon) and Jory (Anna Jacoby-Heron) and how they are struggling. There is also the journalist, Alan (Jude Law), who is taking the pandemic and using it against the government and trying to make it look like a conspiracy of some sort.
What made this movie worth the money were the actors. This movie was full of Oscar winners and Oscar contenders. My favorite was Kate Winslet’s character, Dr. Erin Mears. She is an expert on how viruses spread and her acting was just spot on. She had me in tears at one point in this movie. Also loved Dr. Ellis Cheever (Laurence Fishburne) who is the man in charge, the face to trying to stop the spread of the virus, he is also breaking some rules to help others in need.
As much as I liked this though, Contagion doesn’t go as far as I wanted it to. We have Dr. Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard) who was kidnapped by one of her coworkers. But then also found out the people on her side did something awful that would make things a million times worse. But we don’t see what happened after that. We are left to wonder. Also the journalist Alan, he was telling people he found and had the cure even though it was said it wouldn’t work. We are never told whether he was lying or using the virus for his own gain. I do believe he was because he was making millions off it, but still fooling people into thinking the government is lying to them when he was the real liar.
Nonetheless, this movie was not bad by any means. But as plots go, it didn’t go as far as it should have. Contagion just follows people and how they would act during a crisis like this, it doesn’t add anything you wouldn’t expect. It truly did freak me out because you could definitely see something like this happening. It is a realistic take on a world crisis. It is definitely thrilling and I wasn’t bored. It also answered two questions for me. 1) What will save me besides God? Purell. 2) How many Americans does it take to ruin the world? One. Ok, that second one is unfair because technically she didn’t start it, but just shows you can’t trust everyone to have common sense. So it is worth checking out at least for the acting.