Thoughts on the movie – Contagion

Last night I went and saw the movie Contagion. It was very good.


From WikipediaContagion is a 2011 American thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film has an ensemble cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon,Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet. Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal indirect contact transmission virus (fomite transmission) that kills within days. As the fast-moving pandemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. As the virus spreads around the world, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.


I have recently seen quite a few posts and discussions going on around the ‘net regarding this movie. Some positive but many are negative as people are commenting that the people in the movie are not prepared and there is little preparedness knowledge that can be taken from it.

My thoughts? Come on man! It’s just a movie.

I really enjoyed Contagion. The movie was well done showing the level of panic that would erupt from a pandemic outbreak (or other mass disaster). Grocery stores quickly emptied out and looters/desperate citizens started going door to door searching for food and supplies as they try to stay alive. My oldest son Jonathan leaned over and said – “That’s why we prepare Dad.” He was right.

During the movie I thought often of what I would do in a similar situation. Certainly gets you thinking.

I highly recommend seeing it.

Rourke

PS – I have a suspicion that the makers of hand sanitizer might have funded this movie. See it and you will understand why.

 


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8 Comments

  1. Well the director or producer not sure which one is the same that help make Al Gores climate movie. Just another movie to scare the sheeple.

  2. I love your comment “Come on man! It’s just a movie.”. It has been my observation that many (not all) members of the prepper community are quite self-righteous about being 100% on the game and 100% focused on the prepper lifestyle. What happened to time for fun and entertainment? And while being entertained, so what if there is a thought provoking message or two?

    I personally love to watch disaster and end-of-the-world types of movies and TV shows. Some are pretty awful but I love them none the less because they are so dumb they make me laugh.

    As you say, “it’s just a movie”!

    — Gaye

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  4. I agree it was enjoyable but also fairly unrealistic. Matt Damon’s character for instance wasn’t a prepper, when the S hit the fan he didn’t have much more than the average 72hr cupboard. Add to this that his Cassandra like advantage was reduced by the fact that he was quarantined for a week. Still they showed him having little overt problems feeding his family. In fact when they did show him go to the store there was some food, although clearly the run had begun, what really pissed me off was that for fear of his daughter being infected he left the store empty handed (perhaps a smart move) and still no one seemed to be starving weeks into the crisis.

    There were no power or utility failures except for garbage, no real rioting, not much violence, no evidence of mass defections by emergency workers etc.

    Not very realistic for a situation that in any likelihood would have been not just a SHTF but a TEOTWAWKI event.

  5. I agree it was enjoyable but also fairly unrealistic. There were no power or utility failures except for garbage, no m rioting, not much violence, no evidence of mass defections by emergency workers etc.

    Not very realistic for a situation that in any likelihood would have been not just a SHTF but a TEOTWAWKI event.

  6. Saw the movie on opening weekend. The first thing I did was check out the crowd. The crowd was all ages, races, and both male and female. I thought the movie was good over all. The one good thing that came out of it was when my wife said she did not think we had enough food on hand if a pandemic hit. So now I get to expand my food stores with her blessing.

    Also Dr. Oz did a show last Friday on the movie. He liked it and said they got it right this time when talking about a pandemic.

  7. For the most part I enjoyed this movie BECAUSE I expected it to be a hollywood thriller and NOT a how-to documentary with real-world advice. So long as you remember that it’s just a movie, you’ll probably enjoy it.

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