Opening Weekend: Contagion

Contender number 2. Not so much a contender as it is a remake. Hate to say it but does anyone else see “Outbreak” in “Contagion?” I gotta say, all these reviewers that are going on and on about how “new” this idea is but in 1995, Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo, and Donald Sutherland did an excellent job with the exact same idea. Now that we got that out of the way, Contagion has an ALL-STAR cast including, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, and Marion Cotillard. It’s not a monkey this time but it’s still contagious by the touch and causes and instant infection that spreads “faster than the wind.” My favorite part of the trailer is when Enrico Colantoni asks Laurence Fishburne, “Is there anyone someone could weaponize the bird flu? Is that what we’re looking at?” Fishburnes reply, “Someone doesn’t have to weaponize the bird flu… The birds are doing that.” It’s not a MUST SEE right now but I might just go for shiggles and getts.


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