The Wrath of Contagion
Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion” is a smart thriller that follows the flight of a mysterious killer virus that is sure to keep you entertained. Beginning in Hong Kong and carried to Chicago, this virus travels by plane and spreads quickly. Nothing moves slowly here, especially the disease, which, within days, cuts down seemingly everyone who has been within touching, kissing, handshaking distance of the ill carrier. Like other worldwide epidemic film (Outbreak, 28 Days Later) it takes little imagination to picture how one or two infected people could spread a lethal strain of virus around the world in a matter of days, if not hours and the societal breakdown is captured in this docudrama.
The first to fall victim is Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow), and business executive who was found foaming at the mouth on her floor by her husband, Mitch Emhoff (Matt Damon). The sound effects of rasping coughs and visual details of side effects, such as beading sweat, and a tinted yellow lighting enhance the film to help portray the health conditions to the audience. What appears to be flu-like symptoms, is soon proven to be lethal.
You begin to follow everything that she touches and passes on to other people as the lethal virus carries on and kills people within 48 hours. Several characters are introduced as caretakers who rush to find a cure. Ellis Cheever (Laurence Fishburne), is a deputy director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He sends Dr. Erin Mears (Kate Winslet), out into the depressing population that is swarming with the dead people. A military presence increases and a medical SWAT team comes in made up of Ally Hextall (Jennifer Ehle) and David Eisenberg (Demetri Martin) and Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard) from the World Health Organization.
Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law) fills out the villain role as a San Fransisco blogger. A self-proclaimed outsider, Krumwiede covers the pandemic from the beginning on his blog...