Tell us what you thought of ‘Contagion’

Posted by · 8:46 am · September 9th, 2011

I dropped my thoughts on Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion” while at the Telluride fest, following a brief discussion on the film with Anne in last weekend’s podcast. All of that came on the heels of my in-depth interview with screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, but now it’s your turn to sound off. The film opens nationwide today, so when/if you get around to the film this weekend, head on back here with your thoughts.

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  • 1 9-09-2011 at 9:09 am

    Mike_M said...

    Should be going to see this tomorrow. Can’t wait. My wife is freaked out by just by the trailers so won’t go though.

  • 2 9-09-2011 at 9:30 am

    James said...

    Might see this tonight. Or Warrior. I’ll probably see both sometime this week. Can’t wait.

  • 3 9-09-2011 at 11:13 am

    Fitz said...

    I liked it, the film was a little distant, but that was by design.

  • 4 9-09-2011 at 11:36 am

    Will said...

    Loved it. I liked it more for the fact that it kept me at arm’s length and wasn’t asking me to FEEL so much as OBSERVE. It really feels controlled and well-constructed. I think the Kate Winslet arc is the best demonstration of the ways in which the film succeeds by using a clinical approach and trusting the audience will have a reaction to the material that isn’t induced or manipulated.

    I could maybe have used less of the Jude Law stuff.

  • 5 9-09-2011 at 12:36 pm

    Rob said...

    I can see it getting the same nominations as Primary….Screenplay (recognize Clooney for his effort, will be nommed lead for Descendants, and supporting actress Evan Rachel Wood.

  • 6 9-09-2011 at 6:51 pm

    McAllister said...

    Loved it. The film moves (spreads) so fast and it is so meticulously put together. He knows what you are going to look for and shows it to you, albeit briefly (a finger on a glass, a clearing of the throat).

    Jude Law perhaps best in show. I also thought Winslet, Ehle and Fishburne were dynamite (as was the whole cast). I wish we had seen more of Marion Cotillard in the middle of the movie, but I think that would have lead to more emotional depth than Soderberg wanted to allow for.

  • 7 9-09-2011 at 7:01 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Rob: I assume you meant that for the Ides post?

  • 8 9-09-2011 at 7:58 pm

    Rebecca Parker said...

    I thought the best performance was Damon. It felt very subtle though, so I’m sure it won’t pick up much speed nomination-wise.

    Other than that, pretty much a ditto to Will’s comment. I dug it.

    And I am alarmed by how many times I put my hands to my face. I’m really noticing it now.

  • 9 9-09-2011 at 8:54 pm

    SC said...

    I think Laurence Fishburne and Matt Damon had the best plots. Fishburne had the closest thing to the spine of the movie, while Damon had the “common man” angle. The actress playing Damon’s daughter was also really good.

    Cotillard’s was oddly paced, but had some good moments. Jude Law’s was a bit of a misfire; his character is at various points suggested to really believe this stuff and to be knowingly peddling falsehoods.

    As a viewer of “Breaking Bad”, I became away of how important baldness is to Bryan Cranston’s look; with hair, all I see is Hal.

  • 10 9-09-2011 at 9:20 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    I liked it. Kind of makes me want to revisit Traffic.

    Loved that groovy score from Cliff Martinez.

  • 11 9-09-2011 at 9:26 pm

    Michael said...

    I’m really surprised at how much I enjoyed it actually. I’ve never been too big of a Steven Soderbergh fan, but this film was consistently entertaining and moved at a breakneck pace that slowed down at just the right moments to let people catch their breath so to speak, before jetting off again. Some of the story threads went absolutely no where *cough*Marion Cotillard’s kidnapping*cough*, but overall the distance between the actors actually worked for me and fit with the theme of social distancing and fear of intimate contact. It was refreshing to watch a film without the prism of what awards it can win, while also at the same time being entertained by a film that didn’t rely on explosives or CGI. This is the type of movie I wish Hollywood would make more of – smart, well-made, genre-inspired fare that isn’t too heady or stuffy that it keeps people away. Great performances from everyone for sure, but especially the editing and musical score are worthy of praise for keeping everything consistent and exciting. This movie is a nice segue from the summer into the fall and I hope that it does well so that more of this quality of film can be made in the future.

  • 12 9-09-2011 at 10:54 pm

    matt said...

    Loved it…. Thought Winslet was best in show, with Damon and Fishbourne close behind. While those three have the biggest parts,they each manage to bring a lot of dimension to the character. Paltrow also does a lot with how little she is given…

    Loved the distant feeling. It worked perfectly. My biggest problem was the score…Found it distracting…

    and @Rebecca, I too have noticed everytime I have touched my face since I left the theater. Hell, even in the theater I was noticing it and freaking out a little…

    Kris, do you think an editing nomination may be possible?

  • 13 9-10-2011 at 7:12 am

    Kyle said...

    I think it was probably the best movie I’ve seen this year, which doesn’t mean I loved it, just that this year hasn’t been one to get me too excited. The score was the star of the show for me, as it created a wonderfully sci-fi atmosphere.

    My biggest complaint was the convenience of Matt Damon being immune to the virus where his wife was the initial carrier…come on…reminded me of the worst part of 28 Weeks Later.
    That and Jude Law was playing a character that I always hate in these doomsday scenario movie…the false prophet type. Can we avoid that trope in the future?

  • 14 9-11-2011 at 12:58 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Very good, efficient film. Made me think during the film, leaving the theater, and now as I type (with regards to germs, hands, etc.).

    Loved the score.

    Winslet was best in show for me; doing a lot with little material. Ohhhh, how I wanted her to belt that Minnesota board woman.

    Fishburne, Damon, & Ehle were great, too. Damon is on quite the roll as of late, isn’t he?

    Law succeeded in making me loathe his character.

    Marion was good. Wasn’t wild about her subplot. But I loved her final 10 seconds.

    Overall, solid entertainment. Hope it has legs. People were buzzing positively as I left the theater; except for one annoying woman who said ‘eh, it was boring’.

  • 15 9-11-2011 at 7:20 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    I finally saw it this afternoon. The first act, like the trailer, was effective, but it kind of lost its way after that, I thought. The movie didn’t really have a point of view other than sh*t happens. I didn’t want a stock villain–a drug company heavy or an evil scientist or modernity in general–but something was missing. Maybe the problem was simply that the movie turns against Jude Law’s character too late. I don’t like to knock young performers, but unlike one of commenters above, I thought the girl who played Matt Damon’s daughter was quite unskilled as an actress, which was jarring in a movie with so many talented people.