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6.81 h 46 min2011X-Ray12
When Beth Emhoff 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 they have no idea why. Soon more cases are reported as the virus begins to spread. Researchers mobilize to break the code of this unique biological pathogen as it continues to mutate. De...
Steven Soderbergh
Gwyneth PaltrowMatt DamonKate Winslet
SuspenseDramaScience Fiction
English [CC]
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Jude LawMarion CotillardLaurence Fishburne
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4.5 out of 5 stars

3521 global ratings

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Wendy Y.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 March 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Frighteningly mirrors current events. Probably much more poignant for today's viewers.
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maybe not to be recommended if you are currently depressed by the unfurling horrors of the CV19 virus. All we need if for the dead to comeback as Zombies😀😁 and it would be too much!
In truth the events in this movie have an unnerving similarity to the CV virus except the virulence is much higher...well thus far anyway. It even starts off from Bats and in Asia. See what I mean

Then follows all the epidemiological terms being hurled at us now, that is, social distancing, no contact, use of hand sanitisers etc. No obvious rush for toilet rolls that I recall?

Tie this up with all the political wrangling's of contaiing panic, treatment, economic repercussions, vaccine production and of course who is to pay for the decisions as well as to profit from the vaccine?

The police states now in Italy, Spain,France and Chine are there. It just remains to see if the rush to find a vaccine is as problematic? The rush being in spite of unknown side effects seems understandable, until in ten years time people are complaining of neuropathy and demanding compensation. Hmmm
28 people found this helpful
SMAReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 May 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent and Enthralling
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As a healthcare professional training in infectious diseases, I found this film very realistic and elegant. Its key strength is the director's ability to capture both the macro (national/global) and micro (personal) effects of a infectious disease outbreak needing emergency response. Soderbergh has wielded the multi-narrative hyperlink cinema style with good effect, gifting the audience with different perspectives (for example, the layman view is represented by Matt Damon's character, the scientist's view by Jennifer Ehle, and the public health officer's by Kate Winslet's). Admittedly, the same style may initially make the movie difficult to follow for some audiences, especially those with backgrounds other than medicine/public health, but trust me, it all makes sense if you wait it out a little. The steps involved in an emergency public health response, and the challenges that ensue (scientific, bureaucratic, conspiracy theorists, risk of anarchy) are well depicted. Overall, a good watch and excellent public health education. ps. I wouldn't panic about a similar outbreak just yet, though. We've already faced similar situations with Ebola, Zika, SARS, Nipah, MERS, H1N1 etc etc - keep calm and keep watching :)
51 people found this helpful
A-Canadian-in-SingaporeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 July 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
A bit meh
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This is slightly disappointing for the amount of talent involved. I think a lot of the problem comes down to the script - it feels like a series of vignettes that never connect. Stories are picked up, then put down (sometimes never to reappear), and the viewer keeps waiting for the denouement, but it never comes. So instead we get only short glimpses into most of the characters' stories, and therefore not enough time to come to care for any of them very much. A movie like this should leave you either shaken and nervous about what the world could become, or uplifted about what our species of capable of, when we pull together. Instead, it just leaves you a bit meh. There are some nice scenes and some good performances, but it just never rises about the sum of it's parts.
26 people found this helpful
StarbuckReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 April 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Should be compulsory viewing for everyone in 2020 and beyond!
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Contagion, released in 2011, is extremely prophetic. A personal favourite that I have watched many times and own on DVD.
Here we are in 2019/2020 and how chillingly close to the current pandemic this fictional portrayal is. Except of course the "Hollywood" ending... a vaccination in 133 days is totally fictional. Past virus outbreaks like Ebola, Zika, SARS, Nipah, MERS, H1N1 pale into insignificance. Here we are 2019/2020 in the grips of COV-19. ( maybe the scientists should have called it MERS-2 in homage to this film).

The Minesota Health Official (played by Tara Mallen trying to play down, or discredit, the need to take the advice of Dr Erin Mears (play by Kate Winslet) is typical and symptomatic of the overall failure of "Officials/Governments/Agencies" etc to tackle these scenarios in real life. In fact in my own country the lack of appropriate measures and the constant conflicting advice and knee jerk reactions is far worse than that depicted in the film.

We still have not learned from all the historical examples, since the 1918-1920 "Spanish" Flu, almost exactly a hundred years ago to the day of COVID. We still do not have a cogent and effective global response. It is ALWAYS too little too late. DENIAL, self interest, and above all MONEY play too big a role in any decisions being made.

I look forward to contagion 2 being made, taking into account the current pandemic. Hopefully before the next pandemic arrives.

Overall an excellent film 10/10
14 people found this helpful
papapownallReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 May 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
When fiction becomes reality
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This 2011 film has received quite a bit of publicity recently due to the recent COVID 19 pandemic that has resulted in the world being in lock-down for several weeks. It was fairly well received when it was released and boasts a strong cast of A list celebs including Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Palthrow. I remember seeing it when it came out and thinking it was all a bit far fetched but harmless enough caper that recycled some of the ideas that have been used countless times in classic disaster movies.
Seeing this again with 2020 vision (see what I did there?) it is a bit close to home to be complete fantasy and many of the threats facing the world are now stark reality. Thankfully, the WHO come to the rescue in the celluloid make believe story. Let's hope, for the sake of humanity, they can do their trick in the real world too.
12 people found this helpful
Simon says...Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Apposite, for sure.
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First, this purchase was made to replace an existing regularly watched DVD that has suddenly mysteriously gone missing.

This film, as others have pointed out, is apposite for sure, and it is very interesting hearing the terminology being used and comparing it to what we are hearing now. Kind of unsettling actually, but it is nonetheless an entertaining film and one of those that you can watch over and over...well until it mysteriously goes walkabout.
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Mr. G. T. MartinReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 December 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
God Bless America and all that sail in her.
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It's watchable and certainly an interesting take on an old story line, and if you need an easy to watch movie that is not taxing on the mind or the plot, then I would recommend it.

Okay, warning, this is just my own general complaining, so you can ignore and just take the first sentence and watch!

BUT this is just another unrealistic slant on how America, (in the Worlds hour of need du du du daaaaa), steps up to the plate and saves everyone!! Now this sort of film used to be fun to watch, but these "all American hero" formula movies, that caricature the stereotypes they see in other nations, and then over play their "total" control of things, is becoming less believable with news of each mass shooting, poor policing situation, dreadful health care and a lack of understanding of anything around the world they can't actually bomb. It's a shame, I have worked in the USA often, and they are nice and normal people, with normal lives and normal teeth.
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J. Temperance (Hull)Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 May 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction
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I was going to start this review by saying call me a masochistic sick bloke but I watched this during the Covid 19 crises. However, a very quick look down other reviewers and I notice there's a lot of people watching this during the pandemic. With this is mind the first hour of the movie is fairly accurate which is good for a film which you think would date when reality mirrors fiction. It is also a reasonably good film. Not sure it needed all the big names because none had to stretch themselves not that this fact denigrates them or the film.

As for being able to rate the movie it is difficult knowing what we do now. Does this mean the story seems more dramatic because we are living through it or less because real life is much more dramatic and frightening than any story. My feeling is the film lack a dramatic punch or a lot of drive. Maybe Coronavirus has desensitised me but I didn't feel any great concern for the health or welfare to any of the characters and when I should have been cheering for the scientist who finds the vaccine and circumvents all the red tape to save millions of lives I just thought thank God for that.

All in all a rather smooth and comfortable film about a killer contagion.
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