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Contracted 2013 NR CC

(172) IMDb 5.2/10
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Watch Now While It's in Theaters. A young woman has a one-night stand with a random stranger and contracts a mysterious disease.

Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Director Eric England
Starring Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams
Supporting actors Alice Macdonald, Katie Stegeman, Matt Mercer, Charley Koontz, Simon Barrett, Ruben Pla, Dave Holmes, Celia Finkelstein, Laura Baggett, David Baughman, Matt Blackwood, Andre Boyer, Rebecca Brownlee, Chris Burgos, Chris Candy, Lionel D. Carson, Kaela Crawford, David Gomez
Studio IFC Midnight
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Darryl L. Pierce on December 3, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I had the opportunity to watch the film just prior to its release. And I absolutely enjoyed it.

Unlike other genre films, "Contracted" goes to the time BEFORE things go to hell. It starts with a house party where our main character, Samantha, pines for her girlfriend, Nikki but hooks up with a guy who slips her a drug in her drink. When she wakes up, things start to quickly fall apart for Sam, both emotionally and physically. Because Sam has contracted something from her encounter with BJ.

But not a normal STD. Something far, far worse.

As I said, this film, which nicely plays the lacuna between zombie and infection genre films, gives us a part of the genre we hardly ever see: what precedes the apocalypse? How did it get started? Without overwhelming us, the film shows us patient zero. And with that view we watch as the inevitable comes to pass.

Jarra Townsend as Sam is a wonderful actress. You're pulled into the story, and her life, and can't help but hope for her even though you know it's going to end badly. Matt Mercer and Alice MacDonald as Riley and Alice as her friends who're both trying to help her and also are drawn to her romantically give us a contrast in interactions that play well with how Townsend portrays the emotional and physical breakdown of her character.

All in all, a great, well crafted and interesting independent film. I highly recommend this film, and have it on my shelf to watch again and again.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mark Eremite VINE VOICE on January 7, 2014
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I'm glad I watched this film without reading any of these reviews, because it seems like a huge portion of them give away a reveal that forms a huge chunk of the ending's impact. I'm sure most of these reviewers will argue that the information they reveal is obvious or not a big deal, but I wholeheartedly disagree. I only watched the trailer and read a two sentence summary of the film's premise before deciding to watch, and neither of those gave away the secret. Likewise, I didn't figure out where the movie was headed until the final frame, and I'm a pretty astute viewer, if I say so myself. If I HAD known where the movie was headed -- a fact that 90% of these reviews give away -- then I would have enjoyed the film a lot less. Even then, I only thought it was so-so.

The plot concerns a young woman named Samantha. Alone at a party (her girlfriend isn't returning her calls), Samantha meets a strange man named BJ, with whom she ends up having sex (not all that consciously or consensually). The next day, Samantha discovers that she is sick with an illness that begins to have devastating effects on her body and mind.

Very much a gross-out film without a whole lot in the way of plot, the emotional thrust of the movie lies in Samantha's struggle to cope with what she quickly realizes is a life-threatening illness. It's a concern that's easy to relate to, what with diseases being silent, invisible, constantly mutating, and transmittable in a variety of ways. There are some truly disturbing moments, many of which just barely cross the line into maybe a little too much. Still, the effect is profound and probably intentionally so.

The biggest problem is that every single person in this film is a horrible and annoying person.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Di on May 21, 2014
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I have never seen such a spectacular display of stupidity in any one movie. It is impossible to enjoy this movie when people in this film, from the mom to the doctor to the cops, behave in ways that would leave even a clinically insane death row inmate pounding his head in frustration. Science has yet to develop the kind of drugs necessary for your mind to accept the insane level of bullcrap you will see in this movie. This is the Gary Busey of movies and, no, I am not saying all this as some clever ploy to get you to watch it. This movie is just that ridiculous.

See your daughter puking blood, ask her if she is pregnant. See a patient with an obvious unknown viral infection, let her go home but gently tell her not to come in contact with anyone. See your friend with black rotted teeth, half her lip decayed and missing, obviously infected eyes, blue skin, and black veins all over her face and arms, oh well then that's obviously the best time to get down and dirty. Or how about the fact that she's decayed enough to be rotting inside and out--complete with maggots--and yet apparently she still smells absolutely normal since no one panics until she's vomiting blood into their mouth during a putrid kiss or excreting maggots mid-coitus.

The guy who infected her is so important that the authorities have actually released to the public that they're looking for him and yet not important enough for the cops to do some basic footwork and, I don't know, actually talk to people they believe have been in contact with him. You know, like getting a list of people from the party and actually talking to them.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By KT144481 on December 17, 2013
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This movie is like Jones' bacon soda.

It's original, yet nevertheless unappealing...occupying some point on the continuum between bland and disgusting.

Let's say bacon is the infection genre, and soda is the zombie genre. You like both. So you think they'll be great together--wrong! The two genres are difficult to mix successfully. Maybe someone more talented could have pulled it off, but in this case, the plot, scenes and personalities just don't come together into any compelling whole. Nah, forget compelling, it's not even cheaply thrilling.

The best way to look at it is the "zombie apocalypse prequel," but the zombie part isn't evident until maybe halfway through. Samantha contracts a mysterious disease from a mysterious guy, as it starts off as a frustratingly slow-moving "Outbreak" type movie. This draws on for about forty minutes, then once the signs of the undead appear, it's 100% predictable zombie flick until the end. So it's really not a fusion of genres, it's a movie that changes genres halfway through, and neither half is a very good representative of its type.

I agree with the other reviewer, I wouldn't watch this for free. If you're into body horror, try American Mary.
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