Contagion

Contagion
Contagion
  • PG-13
  • 1h 42m
  • 2011
Certified Fresh84%
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Oscar®-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven films, Traffic) returns to large-scale cinema with this global action thriller that revolves around the threat of a deadly outbreak of a fatal disease and the people determined to keep it at bay. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart. A stellar international ensemble cast including Academy Award® winners Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and nominees Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne portray the dedicated doctors at the CDC and World Health Organization who rush to contain the outbreak of a new virus. Tracking its source to Hong Kong and searching for a cure, these determined Samaritans do their utmost to limit deaths, civil unrest and the false rumors surrounding the disease in this viral outbreak drama with multiple plot lines in the style of Soderbergh's Oscar®-winning narcotics drama Traffic.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh84%
Critics Consensus: Tense, tightly plotted, and bolstered by a stellar cast, Contagion is an exceptionally smart -- and scary -- disaster movie.
Reviews
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

The all-star disaster-movie genre is taken out of the 1970s and given a stylish and largely persua...

June 22, 2017
The Age (Australia)
Jake Wilson
Fresh

The film addresses its grim subject in a cool, matter-of-fact way.

June 22, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Paul Byrnes
Fresh

Contagion is what happens when a disaster movie gets sent to the headmaster for bad behaviour.

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Martyn Conterio
Fresh

Another Soderbergh studio job well done.

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
All-star virus thriller is intense, uncompromising.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this grim thriller about the spread of a deadly, fast-acting global virus helmed by Oscar-winner director Steven Soderbergh and populated by an all-star cast (including Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, among many others), may be too intense and/or overwhelming for younger kids given its stark, uncompromising depictions of death and the somber, sometimes scary exploration of what it's like to live in a constant state of fear. Expect disturbing imagery (including a gory autopsy) and mature themes, such as death (in one case, of a child) and infidelity. There's also some swearing (including "s--t") and social drinking.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller
  • Release Date:September 9, 2011
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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