Contagion (2011)

A deadly virus spreads across the world.

One of director Steven Soderbergh’s defining traits at this point in his career is his confidence. When you watch one of his movies, you feel like strong hands are guiding you along, and in Contagion, the scenes feel like quick, decisive brush strokes. He brings up issues (how the spread of fear can be as dangerous as a disease, for instance) without hitting the viewer over the head with them. He also comes up with frightening images like the one above. This feels like a roller-coaster ride – exciting and solidly gripping from start to finish, though not especially substantial. Well-crafted, well-acted entertainment.

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