Entertaining, darker look at a pandemic.
This movie really makes you think,worth the watch.
Loved how Gweneth died in the first 10 minutes of the movie.... but then they kept bringing her back in flashbacks... was OK to start and then just got worse.
I enjoyed this film. It showed the hysteria of these outbreaks and how it is dealt with 'behind the scenes' really well. Also demonstrated how easily these viruses can start...watch till the end...and wash your hands!!!
A different view to a story we've seen before but well done. Enjoyed it.
Very good movie which disguises its procedural aspects and a heavy warning about something that could easily happen (that is, the spread of a kind of plague for which we are seriously unprepared) with an A-list cast and snappy pace.
Too slow for a thriller. Pretty average acting and average directing.
Although a plethora of 'stars' appear, we are, fortunately, spared Mr. Liam Neeson who would have been a 'natural' fir for this sort of film - maybe he had a cold at the time!
Despite the plethora of stars ‘Contagion’ is mundane. Like most ‘warning’ films of this kind its beginning is engaging. The virus in the movie has parallels with the Spanish flu Pandemic of 1918 when between 20 and 50 million died but predictably though, as the virus spreads, mankind degenerates into desperate and selfish behaviour. There are of course people who are honourable, willing to sacrifice for the greater good but most characters are one dimensional; the nature of a disaster movie. Matt Damon is the exception but even he struggles to make his character work.
Other than Jude Law's terrible accent , this was a pretty good thought-provoking movie.
(Spoiler alert) good acting and ok movie. Day one should have been at the beginning of the movie instead of the end. By the time you get to the end it's not really important how it all started, all the characters have stopped trying to work out how it started. (You end up saying "ahhhhh......okay")
A little predictable but still a good movie. Well cast.
A bit slow and I really only watched it for Laurence Fishburne and Jude Law's character was down right annoying little pratt disappointing 2 stars for me
Very average. Disappointing.
A very disappointing film - that is all.
Awful.......I'd classify it as a B grade midday movie.
mmm... wasn't there a movie made back in the 80's with Dustin Hofman?
scary to think how fast influenza can eradicate the human population.
Excellent! I believe what made this movie great to watch was that it's a real life scenario, that could happen to earth one day. Well worth viewing!
Slow, but worth the watch. Some unexpected twists.
I'm sorry but this movie was supposed to be Amazing and Scary. The only thing scary was Jude Law's accent, seriously what the hell was that supposed to be. The stupidness of the health official telling everyone not to do this or touch that and is she wearing any kind of protection. Well, duh, no. And we all know what happens then. And two other plotpoints that time forgot or didn't even bother explaining which I won't complain about here for fear of upsetting and spoiling it for someone who hasn't seen it yet. Thank goodness for Matt Damon. And yes I am shallow enough to say that! :)
depressing and meandering. i had higher hopes but was ultimately disappointed.
At last a movie showing the truth about where all these horrible flu's and virus's we get from well I won't spoil the ending but this is where they all stem. Quite scary to think this could really happen.
Very engaging, certainly makes you think about the ease and speed of travel these days
It had lots of suspense, enjoyable film, creepy.
The idea behind the film was OK, but the so called 'background music' was deafening and made me turn it all off!!!!@!!! Why have deaf people directing film- shuts? Micro-organisms make no perceivable sound and ill people need quiet! Lots of talk was indiscernible because of shocking noise (noise= undesirable sound). I switched to free to air and watched a lovely Australian production with a minimum of back-ground sound. That made me feel much better! My advice for this picture=don't watch it! read the book instead. Use the disk as a saucer to remind you of s--- Yankee thrash!
I was surpriesed by this one, I enjoyed it great cast with surprisingly good acting.
Surprisingly good, although far fetched, but it ended too soon. A nice little surprise really.
Completely underwhelmed by this movie, really poorly done – I had a job to get through it. The plot is the same as done many times before – the ending, well …… was just really poor. I would not recommend this to anyone – unless you suffer from sleep deprivation.
Usually, when a movie has a huge amount of starts, my radar of "this won't be good" comes up. Not in this case tho, this one was very well done, with most only in it for a very short time, e.g. Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow. This was very well done & seemed more like a documentary then a movie. Back in the 80's we saw a spate of these types of movies & then they disappeared from the screen. It was good to see one now as something "a bit different". Well done & thought out. Only bad thing for me was the Australian "accent" done by Jude Law - terrible!!!
A great movie,surprisingly good! I watched it 3 times and then went out and bought it,loved it!
Pretty solid movie. Vague sense of "its a documentary" but its clearly well put together and goes alonng nicely without being too preachy.
A good tale. 4/5
Average, you feel a bit distanced from the situation and the ending was particularly weak. Almost like the director was bored and decided to just end it without any thought.
Bla bla bla, we're all gunna die one day bla bla bla
how freaky even though it is quite long and drawn out, it is rather frightening considering this is highly likely to occur one day!!
Quality movie, well made and acted. Not going to be remembered as anything great or groundbreaking but worthwhile viewing.
I enjoyed this film. Quite frightening as it could easily happen. Some very credible performances. Well worth hiring - almost 4 stars.
I really enjoyed this movie but it's clearly not for everyone. If you don't enjoy the more documentary style movie that sticks more to reality than high action/drama/deep human emotions etc give it a miss - you'll hate it! (And when I mean documentary style - don't worry no scary Blair Witch style camera work!) Just a good "real life" take on viral epidemics and the human response. If you like the usual disaster/end of world cookie cutter fodder that Hollywood has been churning out for years don't watch this expecting to see the same. I enjoyed this - a refreshing change.
Great movie. It really depicts us well. Liars, cheaters, marauders, murderers.. It's all there in the decline of civilisation. Joy to the world eh?
By the way, is that not the WORST Aussie accent from Jude Law...
Gave me a few concerns about travelling
Not a thriller more a documentary on disease outbreak and the reactions when trying to control it. Not an entertainment piece hence my poor rating. Having said that I like the way it was shot.
Actually a really good thriller that effectively uses the idea or threat of a virus to elicit fear out of the audience, and the human drama manages to rise to engaging. Cast leads were solid, particularly Matt Damon and Kate Winslett, and I was glued to the screen throughout.
Loved it! quite feasible premise & as well acted as the very strong cast might suggest. I particularly liked the ending.
Soderbergh shoots a public service announcement. Beautifully shot, well acted, believable dialogue, but all too clinical - you're not going to care that anyone dies.
A fine portrayal of a virus spreading through the world and how it occurs. Appeared to done quite realistically.
I was really looking forward to this but must say the movie did not deliver. Great actors but weak storyline. The movie was terribly slow and I kind of felt like it went nowhere in the end. Overall very interesting but the storyline definitely let it down
enjoyable movie, but a week ending
Average with not much to reveal that you haven't seen in other movies however still ok to watch. Was expecting much more and more exciting though.
So much wasted potential. Could have explored so many possibilities. However it never really did any of them. For example noone went to work as the streets were shown to be deserted, but society did not collapse. Who supplied the water, the electricity and the sewage treatments in order for people to stay at home? Not to mention the food.
Engrossing storyline, outstanding direction and a star-laden cast that all play it low-key and give wonderfully authentic performances. A worthy attempt to humanise the Hollywood disaster film; Contagion prefers science to CGI and is so much the better for it.
Interesting take on world wide epidemic - the girls have all the memorable roles
Wow Utterly fantastic. This is the scariest movie of the year...or any year. It's frightening to think that any surface you touch can potentially contain the 'next big plague'. It's certainly a reminder to wash your hands that's for sure. Contagion is shot like a documentary so it probably isn't for everyone. I loved the pace though and it built up the characters nicely so at least you have an interest in their survival.
It shows how fast a disease can spread, kept us interested to watch the whole movie. Good movie.
I was really looking forward to this one , disappointing film so slow ,just lost me totally
It's an intriguing and relatively fast paced film, but it stumbles in the second half and that is pretty much due to the absence of one of the actors! If I hadn't already read the screenplay I fear I might not have been able to follow it as much as I did. Some elements just weren't as effective and for the most part ended up not making sense.
I found this quite interesting, and a great cast and I think realistically portrayed the panic that would follow an outbreak as described in the film. It did seem to loose its' way a little towards the middle.
Interesting, it's not always adding up...
A thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak. A star packed cast let down by the plodding pace. No enjoyment in this one
Very slow and tedious film. Try staying awake!
A frightening and realistic scenario. The first half hour or so of the movie is terrific with a frenetic pace and scenes all over the world. After that, the scriptwriters didn't seem to know what to do; a lot of stories are introduced and most are not fully developed and more often than not left with loose ends. It all gets a bit confusing. A focus on one or two individual stories would have been more engaging.
Massive disappointment. Don't be sucked in, even great actors can't make a terrible story work. This movie had a story to tell and told it so badly it was incredibly boring to watch. Great actors in this movie, all of them had nothing to work with. Shocking work putting the movie together, badly produced and badly directed. Nothing good to say apart from do yourself a favour and save 2 hours of your life by avoiding.
Very disappointing movie,
I was really looking forward to seeing this Movie, but found it to be a major disappointment. Let's face it, the point of a movie is to entertain the audience, but this one becomes too bogged down in the technicalities of hunting for a virus to be worth watching. Basically it has too many stories interwoven throughout the tale, and then it all comes to a deflating end, no grand finale just a "That's All Folks"! It could have been a lot better if they just concentrated on one character, for example Kate Winslet..
Saw this on the big screen and it is excellent. So different to all those other armageddon type movies. A quality cast, but this movie is not character led. It has minimal narrative but you know exactly what is happening. It approaches the spread of a deadly disease from a number of points of view, from the scientists, to the conspiracy theorists. Superbly directed by Soderbergh. Excellent.