🔴 Watch Fantastic Laurence Fishburne In Contagion (2011) Full Movie
Date: 2020-03-24 14:48:45
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Contagion is a 2011 film directed by the talented Steven Soderbergh, previewed out of competition at the Venice Film Festival. Packed with big stars such as Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and many others, the film tells the terrible consequences of spreading a lethal virus that can spread quickly and kill its host quickly. Such a topic had never been handled by the director, who decides to deepen the change in social relations rather than the catastrophic side.
Set in different locations around the globe, Contagion with a very cold and detached gaze follows the events of many characters during the pandemic explosion. An almost documentary look that can reveal the intention not to take any position or not to overly engage the viewer. Thanks to Soderbergh's direction, the film is well-made but not as unforgettable as some of his previous works. Below is the full review of Contagion.
Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns home to the United States after a business trip to Hong Kong. After only one day he feels sick and dies in hospital after a crisis. Inexplicably even in different parts of the world some people begin to die after contracting the same symptoms. Investigations and searches are launched immediately for a possible cure. The head of the CDC, Dr. Ellis Cheever (Lawrence Fishburne), instructs Dr. Ally Hextall (Jennifer Ehle) to investigate the deaths caused by the virus and its behavior and effects on humans. Meanwhile, Dr Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard) of the World Health Organization travels to China to find out about patient zero and how the virus started its death chain.
As the deaths increase, alarmism becomes more and more insistent and people's behavior begins to change. There are those who take advantage of the situation to earn dishonestly, such as blogger Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law), who advertises an ineffective homeopathic remedy as a true cure. Or there are those who end up in total distrust of strangers to protect the loved ones who are left, like Mitch Emhoff (Matt Damon), who is left with only his daughter.
Contagion: a cold analysis of human behavior
With a type of plot excessively exploited by American cinema, Contagion apparently looks the same as many other films. There are actually interesting elements that differentiate it. In fact, the film does not push the accelerator on catastrophism or on showing macabre details, related to the consequences of the virus on the human body. Instead, what emerges is an analysis of the change in human behavior in the face of the spread of an unknown pandemic. Selfishness is accentuated, acts of courage decrease, dishonesty does not disappear. The emotional ties, the casual contacts, the social relationships are subjected to a radical change, due to a disease that spreads precisely through contact.
The direction of Soderbergh seems to want to enhance this phobia of contact, also focusing on small daily gestures which, however, can be bearers of death. If this technique proves to be perfectly effective, from another perspective the gaze of the director (and also of the screenwriter Scott Z. Burns) seems to rise a lot to tell everything in a cooler and more detached way. There could be many reasons: to avoid excessive involvement or too much spectacle? Does Soderbergh avoid taking positions towards the characters? Most likely this cold analysis is an expression of a denial of emotional involvement similar to that of doctors and scientists.
It is also interesting to note how Soderbergh keeps his entire work always composed, elegant in form, almost to reveal that sterility so important in the medical field. This area obviously has a lot of space, starting from the script by Scott Z. Burns, enriched by many medical technicalities that can be a little difficult. Scrolling among other possible defects, it is also possible to notice an inadequate study of all the characters. The plot has a decidedly choral component and often this aspect is not well managed for the entire duration of the film. All this also leads not to enhance the skills of some great actors who make up the cast, such as Marion Cotillard and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Contagion review: conclusions
Steven Soderbergh, even taking care of the direction only, manages to impress his talent on Contagion. The use of a cold and detached gaze on the story opens up to different interpretations, not difficult to mean, but interesting. The stellar cast is an excellent added element, but not everyone has a way to express their skills. A good job also comes from the script, although much of the medical language may be difficult for some viewers to understand. In essence, the end result is a good product, enjoyable and appreciable which, however, compared with some previous works by Soderbergh, is a bit out of place.
Contagion is the beginning of a recent journey by Soderbergh that analyzes the human behaviors, the emotional ties and the evils of American society, which will continue with Collateral Effects (2013) and Unsane (2018), where the links with medicine and the health system will be increasingly in the spotlight.
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