I am trying to figure this out even now. It is an interesting movie by Steven Soderbergh. But then why is it so boring? Can a movie be good and boring at the same time?

Contagion traces the aftermath of a highly infective, lethal viral epidemic. Economic inequality, greed of corporations, media frenzy and paranoia, selflessness of health workers, political games, man’s sheer brutality when his existence is threatened… everything is thrown in. You have seen so many zombie movies which explains the zombie phenomena with some viral apocalypse that it is a relief that this movie doesn’t resort to cheap thrills to maintain the interest quotient. The film maintained the scientific accuracy and the realistic feel in every scene.  At the same time, I personally feel that you don’t have to shun drama to maintain that feel. Soderbergh himself has shown with Traffic and Erin Brockovich that it is possible . It is all about being able to strike the balance while writing. For me, Contagion tipped a little too over to the other side.



4 thoughts on “Contagion

  1. I 100% percent agree; I just saw Contagion a few days ago, and while it’s my kind of genre and story, but the story just lacked intensity for me. Good recap!

  2. Thanks Katie. I read your post on Contagion too. Yeah, I feel that you nailed it when you used the word ‘intensity.’

  3. If you major in biology it doesn’t lack anything. It would be the scariest film you have ever seen. Look up Nipah…The ficticious virus in the film was based on a virus that just one day jumped from pig to man. They stopped it with a quarentine. There are a dozen or so outbreaks since….
    Have you heard of Ebola? I am guessing you have, It has an Ro of 2.7, and that’s high even with how quickly it kills its host. The Reston species of Ebola is airborne, but only from primate to primate. It mutates SO fast that there are now 5 species compared to the 2 discovered in 1976( Zaire and Sudan respectivly). Most likely we will see this in our lifetime. Scientist think it will be in the form of the Avain-flu virus. It mutates at a very rapid rate. That panademic could see a mortality rate as high as 50% worldwide. Remember when the 1918 Spanish-flu hit (H1N1 species) we didn’t have mass ive groups of people traveling worldwide or it could have been much more ugly….

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