Mix one part Traffic with one part Outbreak, mix for 104 minutes and you'll get Contagion.
How in the world did they collect this many boom actors and actresses? Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Lawrence Fishburne, John Hawkes, Chin Han, and Sanaa Lathan. This is the ultimate cast where you'll spend more time trying to figure out where you've seen these actors instead of following the many plots.
Paltrow brings an ugly virus back to her home after spending some time in Asia. This virus has an extremely high mortality rate and has no vaccine.
With the fears surrounding Bird Flu and Swine Flu, this movie strikes a sensitive nerve. The first two-thirds of this film are fantastic. Kate Winslet is the point person in order to set up the response to the pandemic. However, once her character story leaves the film, the movie goes into a comatose-like state.
Jude Law is a blogger, with twelve million followers, who thinks the government is keeping the cure from us and pushes a homeopathic treatment.
Damon is Paltrow's husband who, someone, is immune.
Good luck keeping up with the multiple stories. Even the writers of the film left many holes unattended or answered.
You will feel a little ill after watching this film. It's just like talking about lice and then feeling like you have to scratch your head.
Watch the first part of this movie for intriguing storytelling then finish it while reading a book.