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Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston, along with medical journalist Sanjay Gupta, explore the real science of global viruses and what they mean to the human race. The world is preparing for the next biological disaster...but is it too late?
- Contagion: How A Virus Changes The World
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The actors are truly believable, as is the story. It is entirely possible for a virus to spread and to spread with the quickness depicted. My favorite part of the movie is seeing how each of the smallest actions serve as a viral transmission and how unaware people are of the actions they take.
I appreciate the view of the government agencies and how much more difficult it is to deal with situations than any of us could ever know. I also appreciate the view of the media. It is interesting how easily people will believe what they read on a blog or see on TV.
Perhaps the best depiction is that of the population - the people. The reactions of the multitudes is very real and very scary. People fight over food and medications. There is a lack of unity and a general fear for your own safety. I could feel the tenseness as the people waited in line for a food ration. It is madness the ideas of what people, ordinary people, can and most likely will become if this sort of thing ever happens. Truly, I believe that at some point it will. Only time will tell.
1) infectious diseases have the potential to spread quickly throughout the globe in today's modern world, and governments do not have the capacity to deal with a truly virulent and contagious pandemic
2) more than even the direct death and consequences of that death caused by it, a major pandemic could destroy functional society through mass panic
3) in any disaster there are individuals who use the mass panic and desperation of people to their own benefit, causing even more problems. Think MMR vaccine and completely unfounded claims about autism and how politicians take advantage of people's fears for their loved ones to gain support by fearmongering.
And it's important to realize that the virus presented in this film is not as bad as the actual Flu virus of 1918.
I had my kids watch this instead of watching a documentary on the Influenza of 1918 with great success. Because it depicts an outbreak now, it connects with a modern audience better than history. My hope is that you can then gain access to greater empathy with the fallen 100 years ago.
So for less than $5 used on Amazon I was willing to give it a shot. It's really very good. I was a big fan of the movie Outbreak in 1995 and this one does a credible job as a techno-thriller. It's kind of a Crichton novel type of movie with lots of believable characters, good dialogue and realistic science. Mostly realistic science. Probably the weakest point (and I hate to say this) is Mark Wahlberg's character. Not bad but just comes across like a cow in a twister movie. I love his other work so it's not him, just the way the character was written.
Overall I like it and have watched it 3 or 4 times. I can see pulling this one down every year or so to watch again. Well worth my money.