Summary: Vaccines, looters, mass graves, and a star scientist emerges.
Genre: Though elements of Sci-fi, Thriller and straight up Horror may have crept in, Contagion stayed true to what ,would and might happen. Following many plotlines you get the sense that everyone in the world is affected.
Gore: Director Steven Soderbergh wasn’t afraid to show seizures, bus accidents, looters attacking people, and blood.
Rating: 3 out of 4 stars. An all-star cast leads human civilization through, what could possibly be, the next apocalypse. This is easily the best movie of 2011 (after Harry Potter, of course), and one of the best Thrillers ever.
Character List: After Mitch (Matt Damon) gets exposed to Beth (Gwyneth Paltrow) he is put in isolation and found to be immune. Alan (Jude Law) is a blogger who first finds the disease, gets exposed and finds the vaccine. Dr. Cheever (Laurence Fishburne) is a disease doctor who is highly classified and gets caught up in telling his wife about the disease. Dr. Orantes (Marion Cotillard) gets kidnapped and is forced to save her assistant’s village. Dr. Mears (Kate Winslet) is an adventurous field doctor and who tries to find the vaccine and help sick people. Dr. Hextall (Jennifer Ehale) is a lab scientist who exposes herself to the disease in an attempt.
CAUTION: SPOILER AHEAD
Plot: Beth goes to Hong Kong and catches the disease. She and her group of friends go back to their corners of the world. Instantly China, Japan and the U.S.A. are all affected. This disease is amazingly fast at transmitting itself through any physical contact. No one is immune (besides Mitch). The disease can kill by seizures, confusion, and just plain old sickness. Fear leads ordinary people to steal from and kill others. The first vaccine is found by Alan, but proven a scam. The second vaccine is found and a horrible lottery is started. Characters get the vaccine when their birthdays are called from a lottery.