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At Theaters: 9/9/2011 On Video: 1/3/2012
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 26 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 579947
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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A woman returning home from business in Hong Kong ends up in the ER and dies. The doctors are not sure why this happened. Soon, others all of the world are dying.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Thriller - While being sold as a thriller, this is more of a talky, cerebral drama about a deadly virus. This being an ensemble piece, none of the big name stars dominate the screen time though some of the actors have much smaller roles than others. Some intense images and the adult subject matter make the film unsuitable for young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Marion Cotillard MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, INCEPTION, NINE, PUBLIC ENEMIES
Matt Damon THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, TRUE GRIT, HEREAFTER
Laurence Fishburne PREDATORS, ARMORED, 21
Jude Law REPO MEN, SHERLOCK HOLMES
Gwyneth Paltrow COUNTRY STRONG, IRON MAN 2, IRON MAN
Kate Winslet REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, THE READER, THE HOLIDAY
Director: Steven Soderbergh THE INFORMANT, OCEAN'S THIRTEEN, THE GOOD GERMAN
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Production Notes Heading
Production Information
The First Patient Is Identified
The Response
The Epidemic Of Fear
The Global Stage
The Real Science
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 F-word; 4 S-words; a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Hits and an autopsy.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: A couple of comic lines.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Good 'Contagion' is a realistic, unsensational film about a global epidemic.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average Hypochondria may be the most likely reaction to Contagion's globe-trotting, skin-crawling tale.

Washington Post Full Review
Average If this is an action-thriller, it's one that makes med school look sexier than the Marines.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 129 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
12
High
83%
13-19Teens (F)
11
About 50/50
91%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
9
Fairly High
89%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
12
Fairly Low
75%
30+Adults (M)
41
Fairly High
80%
30+Adults (F)
44
High
93%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 129 moviegoers:
TEENS:Two-thirds of the males enjoyed it very much with half loving "Contagion." Most of the remaining third rated it average with just a small percentage rating it low. Close to half of the ladies rated it highly with most indicating they loved it. Most of the remaining reviews are only average with a few indicating they didn't like it at all.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Two-thirds of the males enjoyed it with some loving it. Most of the remaining males were disappointed. The female reviews are worse. Just over a third truly enjoyed "Contagion." Most of the rest only rated it as average. A few rated it low to very low.
ADULTS:Half the males enjoyed "Contagion" very much with many indicating they loved it. Unfortunately, many were somewhat to very disappointed. The ladies rated it slightly better. Three-quarters of them enjoyed it very much with a fair number loving it. Most of the remaining third rated it as average with just a few disliking it.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to Minneapolis from business in Hong Kong, what she thought was jet lag takes a virulent turn. Two days later, she's dead in the ER and the doctors tell her shocked and grieving husband (Matt Damon) they have no idea why.

Soon, others exhibit the same mysterious symptoms: hacking coughs and fever, followed by seizure, brain hemorrhage…and ultimately, death. In Minneapolis, Chicago, London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong, the numbers quickly multiply: one case becomes four, then sixteen, then hundreds, thousands, as the contagion sweeps across all borders, fueled by the countless human interactions that make up the course of an average day.

A global pandemic explodes.

At the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers mobilize to break the code of a unique biological pathogen as it continues to mutate. Deputy Director Cheever (Laurence Fishburne) tries to allay the growing panic despite his own personal concerns, and must send a brave young doctor (Kate Winslet) into harm's way. At the same time, amid a rising tide of suspicion over a potential vaccine—and who gets it first—Dr. Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard) of the World Health Organization works through the network of connections that could lead back to the source of what they're dealing with.

As the death toll escalates and people struggle to protect themselves and their loved ones in a society breaking down, one activist blogger (Jude Law) claims the public isn't getting the truth about what's really going on, and sets off an epidemic of paranoia and fear as infectious as the virus itself.

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