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During the early 2010s like most other teenagers, I had a fascination with zombies and the zombie sub-culture. If I wasn’t watching The Walking Dead, I was playing Left 4 Dead 2 nonstop with my friends on Xbox 360. I would watch zombie short films on YouTube and play tons of flash games on Kongregate.com in the zombie sub-category.
All of this to say, when I went to see Contagion in theaters, I didn’t get it. I mean, I got it, it was a plague movie, but I didn’t get it. I thought it was slow. I thought it had too much talking. I thought there wasn’t enough action. And I also thought to myself, “Why bother making a plague movie without zombies?”
And I know I’m far removed from who I was nearly 10 years ago, but my goodness was I off my rocker. I need to personally thank you, my patron supporters, for getting me to rewatch this movie because my goodness was I an idiot! There’s so much we can talk about here, and I can’t wait to get this review started!
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Contagion is Rated PG-13 for disturbing content and some language.
It features Gwyneth Paltrow, Tien You Chui, Josie Ho, Matt Damon, Griffin Kane, Laurence Fishburne, John Hawkes, and Jude Law.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Melvin Benson is the creator, editor, and lead host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!
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