Contagion is very real. It’s beautifully shot with dialogue that only intelligent people can come up with. There are three different scene locations, in Chicago, Minnesota, and China. It has a star-studded cast, with the headliner being a super virus. Its realism will have you stock up your pantry with years’ worth of food and water. You might also want to stop touching your face so much. I wouldn’t call it a horror movie, but it touches on a very scary subject, one that some people would call population control.
The movie starts on Day Two. Gwyneth Paltrow dies shortly after, being the first noted victim of the virus. But don’t think she’s out of the picture just yet. She and her fellow actors play vital supporting parts. Paltrow has her own subplot, as does her husband in the movie, played by Matt Damon. In fact, Contagion is entirely consisted of subplots surrounding the virus. They deal with survival, finding the cure, helping others, staying human, and a small dose of anarchy. The subplots provide an all-inclusive overview of what goes on in such a scenario, a scenario that is perhaps necessary for the audience to be aware of. After all, such a situation is entirely possible in modern times.
One might say, however, that the subplots are too underdeveloped to make anything of them; that they have a beginning and an end but a rushed middle. Personally, I find them to be informative enough for the audience to piece together. Drawing out each character’s story would drag the movie down and avoid focus on the main subject: the virus. There are virtually no holes in the movie as a whole, and the audience can tie up some of the various loose endings fairly easily. In the end, the audience is given full closure and satisfaction, leaving them with very few questions about the movie itself, but still demands pondering of the idea.
Very rarely do movies make a huge social commentary like Contagion does. It covers many aspects of modern society, such as blogging, family values, and the rhetorical concept of survival. It also asks the audience not to take so many things for granted, because such a pandemic is more probable each day that passes. Contagion is a smart film with a lot to say and a lot going for it in creative departments. If you want to be enriched and blown away by a well thought-out story, go see it. I give it five out of five Nerdskulls.