While there are plenty of current Hollywood films with extensive casts and locations, “Contagion” is one of the rare ones that is actually about something real rather than just superheroes or machine gun-equipped robots battling it out.
With its strong grounding in real science and recent medical scares (such as the avian flu and the continuing scourge of AIDS), the movie effectively and dramatically raises (and sometimes answers) provocative and pertinent questions. What unilateral protective measures should governments take? How fast might the rules of society break down? If a vaccine was developed, how quickly could it be put into production and who decides who gets it first?
By its end, the movie leaves a viewer wrung out and feeling slightly queasy, though thankfully that’s only a passing feeling, one cinematically rather than germ-induced.