Contagion (2011 film)

Contagion is a 2011 American medical thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. Its ensemble cast includes Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Ehle, and Sanaa Lathan. The plot concerns the spread of a virus transmitted by respiratory droplets and fomites, attempts by medical researchers and public health officials to identify and contain the disease, the loss of social order in a pandemic,[2] and the introduction of a vaccine to halt its spread. To follow several interacting plot lines, the film makes use of the multi-narrative "hyperlink cinema" style, popularized in several of Soderbergh's films.

Contagion
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteven Soderbergh
Written byScott Z. Burns
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyPeter Andrews
Edited byStephen Mirrione
Music byCliff Martinez
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • September 3, 2011 (2011-09-03) (Venice)
  • September 9, 2011 (2011-09-09) (United States)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$60 million
Box office$136.5 million[1]

Following their collaboration on The Informant! (2009), Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns discussed a film depicting the rapid spread of a virus, inspired by epidemics such as the 2002–2004 SARS outbreak and the 2009 flu pandemic. Burns consulted with representatives of the World Health Organization as well as medical experts such as W. Ian Lipkin and Larry Brilliant. Principal photography started in Hong Kong in September 2010, and continued in Chicago, Atlanta, London, Geneva, and San Francisco until February 2011.

Contagion premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in Venice, Italy on September 3, 2011, and was theatrically released on September 9, 2011. Commercially, the film made $136.5 million against its $60 million production budget. Critics praised the film for its narrative and the performances, as did scientists for its accuracy. The film received renewed popularity in 2020 because of the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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