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Contagion (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy)

Blu-ray Review Contagion

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh Cast: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins Rating: PG-13 Due Out: January 3, 2012

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PLOT: A woman (Paltrow) gets a new disease on a business trip and brings it back to the States. When it begins to spread, the entire world must react.

WHO'S IT FOR? It’s a drama that focuses on the technical aspects of an epidemic.


Contagion is a zombie movie without zombies. After all, aren’t all “intelligent” zombie flicks based on the infected nowadays?

Since we don’t have the walking dead (unless you count the politicians – zing!) we have a well-done procedural that should properly scare you into never touching anything ever again.

We don’t have a lead actor here, though MEV-1 (the disease) probably demands top billing. We have fear and confusion showcased through everyone from the people in charge to a father protecting a daughter. We have people comparing MEV-1 to the overreaction that happened with H1N1, and a possible cure from a guy on the Internet. This film covers all of its bases.

Contagion left me a little cold, only getting a few moments to feel emotionally attached to these characters. But then again, I didn’t touch the hand rail on the way out of the theater. The fear factor is definitely there with Contagion, even if the zombies aren’t.



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