I saw a lot of movies this summer: Planet of the Apes, Captain America, Cowboys and Aliens, to name a few. At each movie, we saw the preview for "Contagion." I was not intrigued by the preview, but Mrs. Wanders couldn't wait, and so last night we went. I can honestly say that the best thing about the movie "Contagion" was that they didn't show the preview to "Contagion."
Even Mrs. Wanders had to admit that while the subject matter greatly interested her, the movie was "not that good." I checked my watch three times. So did the man next to me. (And keep in mind, I'm pretty patient; I can sit through months of Mary Worth dialogue.)
The movie, as you no doubt know, is about an airborne virus that spreads across the globe and kills millions of people, much like the Spanish Flu in 1918 which killed one percent of the earth's population. The CDC estimates the virus in the film has an R0 (R-nought) factor of 4. Meaning that for every person who is exposed, they will expose four more people. I would say that although this movie is bad, it's R0 factor is only 2, meaning that for every person who likes it, only two will not.
The reviews are surprisingly good. It isn't a poorly made film, but it contains about eight different plots, and only two are interesting. One is dopey (Jude Law), and at least one is extremely lame (the woman in the second photo on the poster, whoever that is.)
And that preview I saw five times this summer? It pretty much shows the entire movie in about four minutes, and is much better than the full length film. So go see something else, and enjoy the Contagion preview.