Contagion poses some very real and very scary scenarios throughout its length, and comes out with one major conclusion: the world is not ready for an epidemic. This is certainly no H1-N1 we are talking about here; the movie is talking about a virus that latches itself on intricately, and continues to change, making the creation of an antivirus extremely difficult. And once you see how easy it all began, you will leave the theater truly terrified.
I'm not sure how to go about reviewing Contagion. I really think its a movie everyone should see just for the sake of knowledge, but I dont think I would ever watch it again. The movie itself is very dark and gets serious very fast. It lays the ground early and within 15 minutes you know that no one is safe and this movie is not going to hold back its scenario. I'm used to Hollywood leading us by the hand, assuring us that everything is going to be all right, but Contagion does no such thing for most of its run time.
|I'm not sure Gwyneth Paltrow will be returning to Glee anytime soon...|
One of my biggest complaints about the movie, and it may be my only one, is the whole Jude Law story line. In the movie, he is a blogger who claims he found an additional cure on top of the antivirus. Looking back, if you were to subtract his entire plot from the movie, I think it wouldn't have mattered. It serves as an annoying distraction, much like the dirty tooth that his character sports (I couldnt stop looking at it). I think the movie would have been much stronger if it had eliminated Jude Law's section and focused more on the containment, quarantine, and public reaction to the virus.
|"I feel like I'm forgetting something..."|
|"We have gathered you here to announce that Neo did not take the red pill. Sad face :-( "|
And just you wait until someone in the theater seat behind you coughs....
- Effective look at what the world faces at any given moment. Truly opens your eyes
- Not particularly left or right winged politically, which coming from Hollywood, is very much appreciated
- Superb performances from all
- Very real and sincere look at how the U.S. in particular would handle the situation
- Sadly, it presents a very real portrayal of how the human race would most likely react
- Organized well, edited well, and nifty soundtrack
- Hopefully will teach people to wash their hands and cover their damn mouths
- My dad liked it, "That was very interesting!" - Jerry Rath, 2011
- Jude Law's character plot is useless
- Jude Law's character's front tooth is annoying and distracting
- The movie moves too swiftly at some points, not taking time to let the dust of present scenes settle
- Not very re-watchable, unless you want to watch a Debbie Downer movie
Rath's Review Score: 8.5/10