- Cast: Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Jennifer Ehle, John Hawkes, Sanaa Lathan, Elliott Gould, Monique Gabriele Curnen, Demetri Martin, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Larry Clarke, Elliott Gould, Enrico Colantoni, Dan Aho, Brian J. O'Donnell
- Director: Steven Soderbergh
- Writer: Scott Z. Burns
- Producers: Gregory Jacobs, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Steven Soderbergh
- Executive Producer: Michael Polaire
- Art Directions: Abdellah Baadil, Simon Dobbin, David Lazan
- Casting: Carmen Cuba
- Costume Design: Louise Frogley
- D.O.P.: Steven Soderbergh
- Editor: Stephen Mirrone
- Makeup: Kate Biscoe
- Music: Cliff Martinez
- Production Design: Howard Cummings
- Set Decoration: Cindy Carr
"Contagion" follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Atlanta, USA; Chicago, USA; Hong Kong, China; Los Angeles, USA; San Francisco, USA
- MPAA Warning: Disturbing content and some language
- Production Budget: $60 million
- Production Companies: Warner Bros. Pictures, Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Double Feature Films, Regency Enterprises
- Production Schedule: SEptember 25th 2010 - February 2011
2011 Guide Analysis: "Having generally stuck to awards or art house fare in recent years, filmmaker Steven Soderbergh is making a comeback in the mainstream cinema arena this year with not one but two films centring around large ensemble casts. The first is a spy thriller, the second is this - a $60 million action thriller following how various characters deal with and react to a global pandemic.
The first feature film to be shot using the RED Epic 5k digital cinema camera, this will probably suffer the same fate of most ensemble dramas with one or two of the subplots working perfectly, one or two proving utter dead weight, and the rest being just adequate. Hard to tell which ones this far out, but in terms of roles Law has the most interesting sounding thus far as a fear-mongering blogger.
The casting is so stellar that quite frankly it is a must see. Alongside the five names above there's also Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Elliott Gould, John Hawkes, Demetri Martin, Jennifer Ehle, Chin Han and Josie Ho. Funnily enough this marks a reunion of sorts for "The Talented Mr. Ripley" co-stars Damon, Law and Paltrow. Paltrow will be playing a woman who gets infected early on (Damon plays her husband) while Winslet, Cotillard and Fishburne will play CDC doctors.
The tone here is a big question. The best films involving outbreaks in recent years have usually been set in the wake of an infection and are given a more sci-fi bent, namely productions like Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later", Terry Gilliam's "12 Monkeys" and Alfonso Cuaron's "Children of Men". Actual serious contemporary medical thrillers about plagues are few and far between as frankly they're difficult to make into compelling cinema. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the type was the one that never got off the ground - the adaptation of Richard Preston's Ebola-themed "The Hot Zone" back in the early 90's which had the likes of Jodie Foster, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford attached at one time.
Nearly two decades on, could Soderbergh be trying to do his own incarnation of that? If so will he look at the larger scale of the disaster or keep the actions contained to simple character studies with the pandemic simply serving as a background catalyst? The filmmakers have made a big deal about this being shot in 3D, but the idea of seeing bubbling skin lesions and blood-tinged projectile vomiting flying at me from the screen doesn't exactly serve as an enticement. If I wanted that kind of treatment, I'd have had a kid."