Contagion is not the kind of movie you want to watch in a crowded theater with a bunch of coughing, wheezing, germ-infested strangers. You subconsciously stop touching your face about fifteen minutes in and after the first hour you’ve cancelled plans for the after-movie coffee in the local bacteria-crawling Starbucks. No, you go straight home and wash your hands and face for about an hour.
One Word Movie Review: Sick
The Movie Mood for audiences is Negative. Contagion is a dreary two hours of depressing coughs and fevers. Add in the bureaucratic bull and self-serving point of view by the various stereotypes and mix until you get the entire audience depressed as hell. In my theater, the audience skewed older for sure, and they’re all worried sick about getting sick. No wonder they came out to see this film.
MarketBOB’s Movie Review Sentiment Indicators, the GQS (Genre, Quality, Story) rate Contagion an emotional BEAR. Too many people live too close together and share too many handrails, poker chips and cell phones. Our lifestyle is killing us, or will very soon. Until then, the government gets more paranoid and the corporations get richer preying on our fears. Hollywood, well they get the emotional payday every week, good or bad, bull or bear.