Extremely poor character development, coupled with an absent director makes Contagion’s improbable storyline a must miss movie.
If you are Matt Damon fan be sure you fail to attend his meager portrayal of “Mitch Emhoff”, the father with no direction.
The dis-jointed storyline is surpassed by the improbability of the conclusion. Start to finish Contagion is a dying effort to convince the viewer that
the Governments of the World know “What is best” for their subjects.
“Beth Emhoff” , Gwyneth Paltrow an adulteress, globe-trotting businesswoman/wife is patient zero. She contracts an unknown virus that originates
from a bat which takes a bite from a banana, flies to a pig farm drops the half eaten banana in with the pigs, which one consumes the infected morsel,
then miss piggy is sold to a Casino restaurant where the Chef rubs his hands on miss piggy’s teeth and without washing his hand goes into the Casino
to shake hands with “Beth”. “Beth” then goes on a frolic through out the Casino spreading the virus to everyone she comes in contact with, but
wait there’s more, on her trip back home to Minneapolis she has a 5 hour layover, so she calls up her Chicago friend with benefits for an adulteress
fling before she going home to her loving husband, “Mitch”.
Contagion is on life support long before patient one is. The unrealistic depiction of the ensuing chaos that a virus that will claim the lives of
almost one percent of the World’s population before the long awaited end of the movie is naive at best and pure propaganda.
But wait there’s more,
The CDC and the US Pharmacological industry to the rescue, our heroine, “Dr. Alley Hextall”, Jennifer Ehle is so consumed with compassion for her
patients (the entire World’s population) that she uses herself as the guinea pig, the one and only Human vaccine trial, which is a complete success.
The US Pharmacological industry lobby must have written the script for their role in this film, paid advertisement could not have done a better job in
the elucidation this lobby desires.
Searching for a plausible role for the World Health Organization, Marion Cotillard as “Dr Leonora Orantes” plays the WHO epidemiologist that is
dispatched to Hong Kong to discover the origin of the outbreak. What she discovers is that she is a victim as well, but not of the virus but of
Helsinki syndrome, as she is kidnapped by her Chinese counterparts and held for vaccine ransom, so they can treat their hometown.
Our villain, “Allan Krumwiede” , Jude Law, is an internet blogging conspiracy theorist who’s greed directs his actions to mis-inform the public
and lead them from their real savior the Government, CDC, and the World Health Organization.
What is the purpose of this non-thriller, what are we to leave the theater with ?
First and foremost bizarre virus do appear no matter how unlikely the origin, and we should never think that a virus is anything but a natural
mutation. “The birds are doing that”, Laurence Fishburne’s unforgettable line.
Never, ever trust information you receive from the internet, the only source of factual information is disseminated from official Governmental
sources. Jude Laws role.
The Government knows what is best for you and your corporation will be forced, for the good of all. Matt Damon’s role.
Your local market shelves will be empty, you will need to show up at the park to receive your MRE’s (unless they run out), roving armed gangs will
kill your neighbors and rob your house, but fear not your electricity and water will remain on, even when no one shows up for work.
Contagion, leaves its audience sick.
One thumb down !
edit on 11-9-2011 by brokedown because: spelling correction