99-Word Movie Reviews: Contagion

Old, but more relevant than ever

A lethal virus wreaks havoc across the globeTwo minutes in, you’ll think, “Oh God, I shouldn’t watch this right now,” before grabbing sanitizer. This flick predicts COVID-19 unbelievably well thanks to impeccable research from screenwriter Scott Z. Burns and director Steven Soderbergh, whose style captures both the cold detachment of a pandemic in which millions of lives become a statistic and the personal tragedy. Jude Law and Kate Winslet are cast standouts. Multiple charactersmultiple continents and a short runtime keep it thrilling. Contagion will stick with you like the damned, deadly germs on your dirty, unwashed hands. 

“99-Word Movie Reviews” is a new column by Archer Parquette. Check back each week for a  new review. 

How to See It

AVAILABLE AT: Amazon and iTunes Rental ($3.99) or streaming on Cinemax

Details 

CONTAGION (2011)

DIRECTOR: Steven Soderbergh

WRITER: Scott Z. Burns

STARRING: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow

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