A lethal airborne virus that kills within days becomes a fast-moving, worldwide epidemic. As the medical community races to find a cure and control the panic, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society that is coming apart. An ensemble cast including 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?
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Whether this could happen in the way Soderbergh illustrates is beside the point; all viruses originate somewhere, and in an age of air travel, they can reach a new continent in a day. ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ From the viewpoint of a gene, bodies are merely steppingstones on their journey through time. Still, ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌ¥ContagionÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ deserves praise for taking the scientific method seriously when so much hogwash is floated about regarding vaccines.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Roger Ebert
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Soderbergh's made a film you may not want to watch but can't stop yourself from staring at. ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ if you're looking for a film that makes the spread of a global pandemic seem more than plausible, this is where you want to be.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Without leaning too heavily on the obvious, ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌ¥ContagionÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ evokes memories of the bafflement and the sense of outrage and helplessness that greeted the H.I.V. and Ebola viruses, in the nineteen-eighties, and the swine-flu scare a few years back. Soderbergh could have pumped up the horror, turning the material into a ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌ¥World of the Living Dead,ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ with disintegrating near-zombies lurching everywhere, but doing the story straight makes it scarier than any amount of trashily morbid movie spectacle.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å David Denby, The New Yorker
"ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌ¥Shall I call someone?ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ one CDC medic asks. ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌ¥Call everyone,ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ is the reply. ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ This is slick, watchable stuff performed by an all-star ensemble ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ It's all somewhat familiar, though there are lots of interesting facts and valuable tips for the future. Soderbergh, working as his own director of photography under the pseudonym Peter Andrews, gives the film a suitably baleful look.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Philip French, The Guardian
About the Director:bp>Steven Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963, in Atlanta, Ga. His family moved to Baton Rouge, La., when he was very young, where his father was a professor and the dean of the College of Education at Louisiana State University. While still in high school, around the age of 15, Soderbergh enrolled in the university's film animation class and began making short 16-millimeter films with used equipment. After graduating high school he went to Hollywood, where he worked briefly as a freelance editor. Then he returned home and resumed making short films and writing scripts.
His first major break came in 1986 when the rock group Yes assigned him to shoot a full-length concert film for the band, which eventually earned him a Grammy nomination. His other films include the award-winning ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Sex, Lies, and VideotapeÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ (1989) which was nominated for an Oscar, ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«KafkaÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ (1991), ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«King of the HillÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ (1993), ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«The UnderneathÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ (1995), ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Gray's AnatomyÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ (1996), ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Out of SightÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ (1998), ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Erin BrockovichÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ (2000) and ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«TrafficÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ (2000), which won him the Oscar for best director in 2001.
- Actors: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow
- Director: Steven Soderbergh
- Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
- Run Time: 131 minutes
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Subtitles: French, Spanish
- Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
- Rated: PG-13
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