Despite the impressive cast the movie fails to impress. The story line is shonky and makes little sense. Anyone who knows even a little bit about virology will see right through some of the bizarre premises. Simply, Soderbergh tries to do too much. The intertwinging stories don’t match up and at the end of the movie you’re left wondering why you paid $15 to watch it and to be left with gaping plot holes, nonsensical dialogue.
Soderbergh disingenuously tries to do too many things. What’s the point of the movie, one is left asking oneself. You could read that it is a deconstruction of the human spirit, but there is no clear answer. But it doesn’t seem like thats the reading Soderbergh was trying to develop. You could also read it as an attack on the medical system, homeopathy, financial markets, the American way of life. There is simply too much happening with no plot clues to make sense of where you’re supposed to end up. Some directors can do this in a good way to make you doubt your faith in humanity or whatever thing it is they’re critiquing — leaving you with a black hole where you once had a firm moral standing.
You won’t experience that with Contagion. What you’ll experience is confusion, facepalmery, and a desire to not actually facepalm because your hands work as a vector for transmission of the super virus.
(The best part of the movie is Marion Cotillard and her character).