Dictionary.com defines Contagion as the communication of a disease by direct or indirect contact. After watching this film, there is no way that I will be able to shake hands, touch a door knob or use a public bathroom without thinking of the term.
Fear Spreads Faster Than the Disease
The thing that really struck me about Contagion was how damn realistic everything was. I could imagine everything that was going on in the movie actually happening in real-life. I don’t want to give away too many details or spoil anything, but it is safe to say that the writers pinned down the human emotions to a tee. Even though I enjoyed the movie as a whole, the thing that really stuck with me was the characters and their development as the film progressed.
Now, I can’t write this review honestly without critiquing it at least a little bit. As I mentioned, I really did enjoy this one, but it was certainly not perfect.
For me, the biggest downfall of Contagion is its inability to wrap things up. I left the theatre feeling as though things were simply incomplete. After pondering this, I came to two conclusions. One – The writers built the film with a sequel in mind. And, two – They were just lazy and thought they did a good enough job to bring closure for most people. My gut feeling is that there will be a sequel to this one, but time will tell.
The Bottom Line
Do not miss out on this one. I can truthfully say that this is the best film that I have reviewed since I started this website. I loved how raw and real the emotions were in Contagion. I also loved how real it seemed. I could picture everything that happened in the film happening in the world today. Again, the only knock here is the inability to close. Then again, who knows? Maybe we will see a Contagion Part 2 in the near future.