Hosted by Remi Lavictoire, Jen Briney, Jonathan Colbon and Ian Fults
Podcast length: 59:30
This time on The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast, we’re digging deeper into “Contagion” from 2011, directed by Steven Soderberg. We’re very happy to welcome Jen Briney from the Congressional Dish Podcast, and an essential podcast if you want to know what’s really happening in the United States Congress.
Rem, Jen and Jonathan all enjoyed ‘Contagion’, and consider it to be a smart, realistic and plausible medical thriller. This film is powered by a top notch cast and a taut script. If a Pandemic were to break out, we could see it playing almost exactly the same as the movie. Jen talked about the connection between this movie and a real world example of how fear has been generated over Ebola to justify sending huge amounts of money to West Africa. We were pleasantly surprised to see a major characters killed off early in the movie, giving us a further uneasiness feeling that nobody is safe.
Ian really didn’t like ‘Contagion‘ and considered it stupid people doing stupid things to generate drama. If you’re expecting a roller coaster action movie, Contagion isn’t it. This isn’t a rousing feel good story with a satisfying ending. Both Jen and Jonathan thought the plot of Dr. Lenora Orantes being kidnapped was a superfluous plot that could have been left out.
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Contagion seemed to be promoted as more of an action movie than it is. This is a slow burning medical thriller that might make you just a bit uncomfortable in its plausibility.
Director: Steven Soderberg
Writer: Scott Z. Burns
Marion Cotillard – Dr. Lenora Oranges
Matt Damon – Mitch Emhoff
Laurence Fishburne – Dr. Ellis Cheever
Jude Law – Alan Krumwiede
Gwyneth Paltrow – Beth Emhoff
Kate Winslet – Dr. Erin Mears
Bryan Cranston – RADM Lylle Haggerty
Elliot Gould – Dr. Ian Sussman
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Sci-Fi Movie Podcast – Contagion