Sound Off: Steven Soderbergh's 'Contagion' - So What Did YOU Think?
by Alex Billington
September 9, 2011
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Arriving in theaters everywhere (*cough*) is the virus thriller from Oscar winning Steven Soderbergh titled Contagion. Similar to the 1995 thriller Outbreak, the film features an ensemble cast and deals with the dilemma of a disease spreading across the entire world, including its origins and how it affects everyone, from CDC executives to regular citizens. The cast includes: Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Jennifer Ehle and Bryan Cranston. So if you've seen it, leave a comment below and tell us your thoughts on Contagion.
To spread more pathogens this time, my feelings on Contagion are mostly positive. It's a solid film, a unique concept that differs from any other virus thriller we've seen before in its realism and in its presentation of this virus as a worldwide threat. I've been a long-time lover of Soderbergh's filmmaking, but I feel as if it's often used in this film for a desired effect, mostly to make the audience uneasy at first, then to tell us the full global-spanning story of how one bat and one pig killed millions of people. I liked it but I didn't love it, it just didn't have the edge as something like Outbreak, and once I've seen the full story, it's a bit boring to go through all of it again. But it's well-made and the cast all-around is fantastic, it's worth seeing at least once.
So what did YOU think of Contagion? One of the best films of the year or quickly forgettable? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!