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Tense, tightly plotted, and bolstered by a stellar cast, Contagion is an exceptionally smart -- and scary -- disaster movie. Rate this movie. Oof, that was Rotten. Meh, it passed the time. So Fresh: Absolute Must See! You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket. Cinemark Coming Soon. Regal Coming Soon. By opting to have your ticket verified for this movie, you are allowing us to check the email address associated with your Rotten Tomatoes account against an email address associated with a Fandango ticket purchase for the same movie.

The all-star disaster-movie genre is taken out of the s and given a stylish and largely persuasive 21st century makeover by director and cinematographer Steven Soderbergh. Peter Bradshaw. Think of Wolfgang Petersen's magnificently entertaining virus-on-the-rampage adventure Outbreak, take out the drama, excitement and involving characters, and that's Contagion in a nutshell.

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The film addresses its grim subject in a cool, matter-of-fact way. Jake Wilson. Contagion is what happens when a disaster movie gets sent to the headmaster for bad behaviour. Paul Byrnes. Ever the cerebral essayist, Soderbergh isn't in this for edge-of-your-seat thrills - his approach is more cold sweat than burning fever. Tim Robey. The movie fights for something important: the right of stars to look worse than we do. Antonia Quirke. A cold, almost clinical presentation of a virus that quickly mushrooms out of control, to the point that when you hear someone cough three rows behind you, you'll want to bolt from the theater.

Brent McKnight. Looking at it from a dramatic point of view, Contagion works. Yasser Medina.By Reed Tucker. March 21, am Updated March 21, am. The drama, which hit theaters inis about a regular family man Matt Damon trying to navigate a partial societal collapse after a deadly virus sweeps across the globe.

The filmmakers, including director Steven Soderbergh and writer Scott Burns, set out to make a film that was as realistic as possible. And they accomplished that, in part, by consulting numerous real-life epidemiological experts. Garrett is a former senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations who has been tracking outbreaks for decades.

In early versions of the film script, the bug was going to be related to the flu virus that killed millions in That pig is then slaughtered for consumption, passing on a virus to humans. Scientists believe that the coronavirus, which has infected nearlypeople worldwide and claimed over 11, lives, may also have come from bats. None of these viruses harm the bats themselves, serving as a defense mechanism to ward off predators. In the film, Jude Law plays an unscrupulous blogger who asserts forsythia, a flowering plant, can kill the virus.

Just last month, Sen. Tom Cotton speculated the novel coronavirus might have originated in a Chinese weapons lab. For one, stockpile a little cash.

Read Next. This story has been sharedtimes. This story has been shared 61, times. This story has been shared 53, times. Would you like to receive desktop browser notifications about breaking news and other major stories? Not Now Yes Please. View author archive email the author follow on twitter Get author RSS feed. Name required. Email required. Comment required. Enlarge Image. More On: Coronavirus. The movie also nails the range of psychological reactions that come during an outbreak.

Coronavirus killing more than a person an hour in NYC.Jennifer Ehle in Steven Soderbergh's movie 'Contagion'. It starts with a cough. Just an Oscar winner chatting about an illicit tryst while eating beer nuts from a bowl at the bar. All good. She does seem a tad pale and sweaty, however. So, for that matter, does that Ukrainian model in London, that Tokyo-based businessman, and the man on the train in Kowloon.

You start to notice all of the tiny interactions they have with other people: hugging loved ones, nestling themselves into crowded elevators, using public transit, walking through an open-air fish market. Later on, however, you remember all of the little everyday points of contact with folks they have. You also recall the population numbers of the cities they are all in, stats which accompany those introductory scenes and number in the millions. The death toll will be substantial.

Time is already running out. This is how Contagion starts, not with a bang but with a whimper, and the future Goop founder hacking up a lung. Soderbergh knows how to shoot a thriller. Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns knows how to construct one. But while there are lots of films about battling viruses, ranging from the prestigious to the pulpyContagion has become the go-to viewing choice for people trying to make sense of the moment we find ourselves in right now.

When a notable actor dies very early on, said A-lister does not return from the dead, arms outstretched and craving the taste of brains. Aliens are not responsible for the virus attacking humans; nor, for that matter, is it the result of foreign agents disrupting the American way of life, despite what fearmongers on a particular conservative news network would have you believe.

A bat happens to defecate in a pig pen. A little porcine fellow happens to consume it. She happens to blow on the dice of the businessman playing next to her at a craps table. All it takes is the right series of wrong moves.

In that sense, maybe Contagion really is escapism. Trust in scientists, and the innate decency in people, and we will prevail. Things fall apart, and then you put them back together again.

How the movie ‘Contagion’ perfectly predicted the 2020 coronavirus crisis

Use common sense. It will get bad, the movie tells us.


But it will also get better. People are probably flocking to this movie to see what may be in store for us in the next month or so.Contagion is a American thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. The plot concerns the spread of a virus transmitted by respiratory droplets and fomitesattempts by medical researchers and public health officials to identify and contain the disease, the loss of social order in a pandemic[2] and the introduction of a vaccine to halt its spread.

To follow several interacting plot lines, the film makes use of the multi-narrative "hyperlink cinema" stylepopularized in several of Soderbergh's films.

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Contagion: How Do You Avoid Something That's Everywhere?

Burns discussed a film depicting the rapid spread of a virus, inspired by epidemics such as the — SARS outbreak and the flu pandemic. Burns consulted with representatives of the World Health Organization as well as medical experts such as W. Ian Lipkin and Larry Brilliant. Contagion premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in VeniceItaly on September 3,and was theatrically released on September 9, It was praised by critics for its narrative and the performances.

It was also well received by scientists, who lauded its accuracy.


Returning from a Hong Kong business trip, Beth Emhoff meets with a former lover during a Chicago layover. Two days later, back home in suburban Minneapolis, she collapses with seizures. Her husband, Mitch Emhoff, rushes her to the hospital, but she dies of an unknown cause. Returning home, Mitch finds that his stepson, Clark, has also died.

Mitch is isolated but found to be naturally immune; after being released, Mitch protectively keeps his teenage daughter, Jory, quarantined at their house. Ellis Cheever of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over concerns that the disease may be a bioweapon. Cheever dispatches Dr. Erin Mears, an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer, to Minneapolis where she traces everyone who had contact with Beth. She negotiates with reluctant local bureaucrats to commit resources for a public health response.

Soon after, Mears becomes infected and dies.CNN As we live through a developing pandemicsome of us can't help but compare it to the American thriller which some claim predicted Covid "Contagion.

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'Contagion' vs. coronavirus: The film's connections to a real life pandemic

More Videos Here's how the novel coronavirus outbreak unfolded Directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Scott Z. Burns, the film follows the spread of a virus transmitted when sick humans touch surfaces and leave virus behind that others can catch.

Next comes the frantic attempts by public health officials to identify and contain the disease, the anarchy that unfolds amid a pandemic, and the ultimate introduction of a vaccine to stop the spread. Sound like a plot we're in the middle of? Its prescience was bolstered by Burns consulting with representatives of the World Health Organization on the ins and outs of infectious diseases, and by Kate Winslet working with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to understand the lifestyle and character of an epidemiologist charged with leading the world through crisis.

The filmmakers also consulted medical experts including Dr. Ian Lipkin and Lawrence "Larry" Brilliant.


He recently contracted the novel coronavirus. Laurie Garrett also served as a consultant on the film because she wrote the book "The Coming Plague" and reported on multiple pandemics. In a article she wrote for CNNGarrett described "Contagion"as "part fantasy, part reality and totally possible.

Read More. Here is how the virus and drama of "Contagion" compares with the real life coronavirus pandemic as it currently stands. The final scene in "Contagion" reveals that the fictional "MEV-1" virus originated from a pig that ate a piece of banana dropped by an infected bat escaping the destruction of its palm tree forest habitat in China.

That pig is then slaughtered and prepared by a chef who, without washing them first, shakes hands with Beth Emhoff played by Gwyneth Paltrowthus transmitting the virus to her. Emhoff becomes the "index case," meaning she was the first identified case. Beth Emhoff Gwyneth Paltrow is considered the index case in "Contagion," here seen transmitting the virus to another patient.

The origin of the novel coronavirus terrorizing us today is still a mystery to scientists. It will only be solved if they're able to isolate the live virus in a suspected species like in the moviewhich can be difficult. However, like "Contagion," bats are considered by some epidemiologists to be the possible source of the coronavirus.

Zoologists, ecologists and disease experts have told CNN that human behaviors -- such as destroying natural habitats -- might be to blame for the transfer of the disease. When bats are stressed, which can occur from destruction of their habitats, their typically strong immune system is challenged, which makes it harder to cope with pathogens they could usually fight off. This allows an increase in infections and the shedding of them.To save this word, you'll need to log in.

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A comet is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. As doomsday nears, the human race prepares for the worst. 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 later the same day.

How ‘Contagion’ Suddenly Became the Most Urgent Movie of 2020

Her husband Mitch however seems immune. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. For doctors and administrators at the U. Centers 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.

Written by garykmcd. This is a movie far more about ideas than people and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Excellent direction from Soderbergh, masterful cinematography, and while there are a few logical mis-steps, the writing more than makes up for that by confounding expectations more than once in truly creative and credible ways. Unfortunately trailers have many seeking an action thrill-ride, when what it delivers for the most part is a slow boiling suspenseful drama.