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.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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,
dead in the ER and the doctors tell her shocked and grieving husband (Matt
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,
London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong, the numbers quickly multiply: one case
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
A global pandemic explodes.
At the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers mobilize
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
personal concerns, and must send a brave young doctor (Kate Winslet) into harm's
At the same time, amid a rising tide of suspicion over a potential vaccine—and
it first—Dr. Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard) of the World Health Organization
through the network of connections that could lead back to the source of what
As the death toll escalates and people struggle to protect themselves and
loved ones in a society breaking down, one activist blogger (Jude Law) claims
isn't getting the truth about what's really going on, and sets off an epidemic
and fear as infectious as the virus itself.