Remember those hand sanitizers you used to use? Well prepare for a massive dose of paranoia on the 21st of October when Contagion comes to Irish cinemas.
Contagion is about the outbreak of a new airborne virus that is fast moving and can kill within days. It’s told from the perspective of several people, ranging from scientists trying to cure and contain the virus, to everyday people just trying to survive in a society that is overthrown with panic. The movie stars Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and many more, all of which do a great job even Matt Damon.
One thing that really worked for the film was that they weren’t afraid to take risks; some big players die in this film, which doesn’t generally happen in modern cinema. Here they had a story that they wanted to tell and they told it without sugar coating it. To say it was predictable would be a lie because I honestly didn’t see a lot of it coming and most of the time my theories were completely wrong, which is a good thing in my eyes. It’s refreshing to see a movie that is so different than what you normally see. People say that slasher movies are scary because they could really happen, but I think what’s scary about this is that yes it could happen and if it did you’d have no way of defending yourself.
The film aims to be realistic and it shows as the process in which the scientists investigate the virus is very detailed and was interesting to learn. Director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Burns have been praised for their accurate depiction of science, which in films is generally more dramatic than its real life counterpart. Another aspect done very well was the panic caused by the outbreak; people looting shops and pharmacies and even resorting to kidnapping to make sure that they get what they need to survive.
It’s scary to think of how quickly something like that could spread and watching the film will definitely have you thinking twice before you touch anything, but I would recommend seeing it. It’s not often a film this honest comes along, so don’t miss the chance to see it in cinemas.
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