Sunday, February 26, 2012

Movie Review: Contagion (2011)

Contagion is a good movie because it's honest. The unknown supervirus that stars in the film mercilessly kills off children, Academy Award winners, and anyone foolish enough to touch their faces thousands of times each day. Oh, wait, that's everyone. The acting is superb -- Jude Law gets thumbs up for portraying a smug, crazy character; Laurence Fishburne is great as the driven Center for Disease Control boss; Kate Winslet is excellent as the competent doctor sent to investigate the supervirus; and Jennifer Ehle steals the show with her noble nobleness. Er, yes. I still don't know the point of Marion Cotillard's character, unless it was to suggest that international health professionals need bodyguards when an epidemic hits. Because, spoiler alert: people will do bad things to get their grubby paws on a vaccine.

I highly recommend Contagion, even though now I flinch whenever someone coughs in my vicinity.

But what makes this movie truly spectacular is the description on the back of the pirated Chinese DVD cover:

Here it is in all its bizarre glory:

DON'T TALK TO ANYONE. DON'T TOUCH ANTONE. (<--seriously, it says "Antone")
A traveler abroad is prepared to credit card handed to the bartender's hand, a business meeting in a handshake and greetings in the beginning, a man in a bus on a cough. These things were not associated with an infectious disease linked together. Bess Ames Hof from Hongkong on a business trip to Minneapolis, physical discomfort, she thought it was flying too long time results.

Take a second to absorb that.

Engrish: it's what's for reading.

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