If you want to rewatch John Carpenter’s The Thing, or The Revenant, it’s best to wait for a cold windy winter night. At the other end of the spectrum, Jaws is best enjoyed on a warm summer night. Unfortunately, now is the best time to watch/rewatch the movie Contagion.
I just rewatched Contagion last night. After watching a few news reports about the Wutan virus outbreak in the Chinese province of Hubei, Contagion plays more like a dramatic reenactment than science fiction.
What makes the movie Contagion so dramatic is that it’s not overly dramatic. This isn’t a virus that wipes out half the world population. There’s no bleeding from the eyes, no walking dead. However, director Steven Soderbergh manages to turn an everyday scene in a coffee shop into the horror movie equivalent of the young coed pulling back the shower curtain.
The story does a good job of weaving between how the disease progresses on a global scale while giving attention to how common people respond.
- Cover your mouth when you cough.
- Wear a mask that makes a tight seal over nose and mouth — we got ours — and in the case of the Co-Vid 19 virus, wear goggles.
- Don’t touch your face when you’re in public.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- If you’re sick, then quarantine yourself as best you can.
- And most importantly, homeopathic remedies are a con.
- Antibiotics don’t work on viruses! (That bit wasn’t in the movie. I just thought I’d throw that in for good measure. They only work on bacteria.)
Contagion has an outstanding cast, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston, Enrico Colantoni, Elliott Gould, Marion Cotillard, et al.
About The Peetimes: I would suggest using the middle peetime at 40 minutes into the movie. A lot of that is a music montage and the only thing important that happens during this peetime was shown in the previews.
There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Contagion. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)
Rated (PG-13) for disturbing content and some language
Genres: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
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