Movie Review: Contagion


Contagion racked up $22 million opening weekend and continues to thrive in the box office.

This movie touches on the basic impulse of human survival. No matter what we are faced with, survival is our only option. It shows the good, the bad and the ugly of what we act like when faced with potential extinction.

A career driven Gwyneth Paltrow returns from a China business trip to her husband, Matt Damon, and two children. The next day Paltrow takes ill and soon an uncontained epidemic sets off the worldwide infection of the human race.

The story line, with Kate Winslet playing a small but memorable turn as a doctor, flows from beginning to end and touches on emotions you can feel. So you germaphobes who hate touching doorknobs, or having contact with people, be glad you are who you are. You may just be one of the few people who could survive such a lethal viral outbreak. As for the rest of us, washing your hands every now and then doesn’t hurt either.

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