Very Mild Un Ease
Starring: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude
Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Executive Producer: Michael Polaire
Producer: Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
Writer: Scott Z. Burns
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The first cases of the disease start with Beth Emhoff, played by Gyneth Paltrow, who goes to Hong Kong on a work trip and decides to play at the Casinos for fun. Fun turns into catching a virus. Within five days, after returning home to her family, she has a seizure and dies. Giving the virus to both her young son and her husband, her son dies but her husband, Mitch, played by Matt Damon, becomes immune to it.
Around the world, the virus spreads rapidly and top doctors take the challenge to stop it, including characters Dr. Ellis Cheever and Dr. Erin Mears. Homeland Security approaches Dr. Cheever on the suspicions that the virus was a terrorist attack on the States. During this time, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative goes to Hong Kong to find where the start of the virus occurred and why.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) tries to grow the virus in order to create a vaccine, but the CDC process is so slow and the virus is so contagious that it is killing millions of people while the CDC follows protocol. When this news of how contagious and horrible the virus is, people start to fight, shove and kill each other for food, homeopathic vaccines and any other means to have themselves. Against the orders of the government CDC, a private doctor finds a way to grow the virus, and the first step to finding the cure is made.
CONTAGION shows some people crying out to God and some biblical elements of doctors serving and saving, as well as clearly giving up their lives for others, but overall has a lackluster and somewhat depressing theme of death.
CONTAGION has good cinematography and great actors, but has a major problem: the script does not seem to have a beginning, middle and end, and the audience is left wondering what happened to certain characters in which the story never wrapped up. At times, CONTAGION feels like a science lesson and has long scenes of explanation and literal accounts of the virus and what the CDC does. At the same time, it has scenes fully focused on a text message conversation between a teenage girl and her boyfriend, which some thoughtful editing might have helped.
All and all, CONTAGION, had a lot of potential, but did not live up to it.
CONTAGION contains a few overt references to Jesus Christ and prayer. It also has very positive moral elements of doctors serving and saving people. However, it has a depressing theme. Also, the story doesn’t seem to have a clearly defined, dramatic beginning, middle and end. Along with its positive elements, the movie contains some foul language and violence. CONTAGION had a lot of potential but doesn’t live up to it.