Saturday, October 1, 2011

Contagion (movie)

Normally I review Christian women's fiction books, but I went to the movie theater with a friend last night for the first time in several months, so I'm going to review a movie... 
"Contagion" starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet among other non-famous actors revolves around the premise of a highly contagious virus which originates in China and takes over the world.  The virus has a 25% or higher death rate, and we see how quickly that would spread if such a thing were to take place in the world today.  It held my attention, but only because of the medical knowledge presented and the backdoor experience into the CDC (our government's Center for Disease Control).  There were no secondary or underlying story lines; this one is pretty unilateral.  Matt Damon stars in this movie, but you won't see him very much, and for his part not much was required.  He is usually a good actor, but in this movie showed very little emotion and versatility.
"Contagion" is rated PG-13 for graphic scenes.  As far as sex/nudity goes, this film has virtually none except for a short phone conversation at the beginning of the movie which was a little uncomfortable.  It has mild language except for the use of one "f" word.   The rating is almost entirely due to graphic scenes including one man getting ran over by a van (no blood shows), the high number of deaths as a result of the virus, graphic death scenes (convulsions, foaming at the mouth, etc.) and an autopsy.  If you have a weak stomach, I recommend looking away during the death and especially the autopsy on Gwyneth Paltrow.
Kate Winslet also makes a brief appearance, and dies about mid-movie.  Gwyneth Paltrow gets a surprising large part considering that she dies within the first few minutes of the movie.
If you are germophobe, you should definitely avoid this movie.  As always, my opinion is that PG-13 movies are best suited for adults only.  Overall, I would give this 3 stars out of 5.

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