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Rated PG-13 · 106 minutes · 2011

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After this deadly virus thriller, Gwyneth Paltrow will have the power to clear a room whenever she coughs. In director Steven Soderbergh’s latest, Paltrow plays Beth, a world traveler who picks the wrong time to visit Hong Kong, becoming Patient 1 in a virus epidemic that will kill many—quickly. Matt Damon delivers some great work as Mitch, Beth’s husband, who is forced to deal with a lot of unexpected death mere hours after learning that his wife and kid have the sniffles. Not so good are Jude Law as a militant blogger, and Marion Cotillard as a kidnapped doctor. Their subplots muddy the waters and slow the film down. Overall, the film is uneven, with a strong start, a mediocre middle and an OK finish. Good movie, but not one of Soderbergh’s best.


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Official Site: contagionmovie.warnerbros.com
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Producer: Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Gregory Jacobs, Jeff Skoll, Michael Polaire and Jonathan King
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Ehle, Bryan Cranston, Sanaa Lathan, John Hawkes, Demetri Martin, Elliott Gould, Enrico Colantoni, Larry Clarke and Anna Jacoby-Heron

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The Coast Halifax Contagion both creepy and remote Steven Soderbergh's virus thriller as a great cast but misses some emotional impact by Matt Semansky 09/08/2011
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