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'Contagion:' Can't Catch a Break

Nothing spreads like fear. The new sci-fi thriller “Contagion" stars several well-known actors such as Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet. Beth Emhoff (Paltrow) starts to get sick on her way home from China and assumes it’s a cold or the flu. Her husband (Damon) realizes it's much more serious when he witnesses her having seizures.

Eventually, people all over the world are getting sick and many are dying. Dr. Ellis Cheever (Fishburne) puts a team together to stop the epidemic and find a vaccine or cure. Many scientists try to find a way to stop these germs from spreading. Many main characters are focused on with no single lead actor.

My description of the storyline seems vague, but that’s because this is all that the movie is about. This story has been covered so many times before that “Contagion” ends up being unoriginal and, frankly, boring. It felt as if nothing happened. Many questions were left unanswered.

Too much time was spent on the disease itself, rather than on the development of the characters. With so many characters, the side stories seem insignificant in comparison to the big picture. But the big picture is too simple.

The acting was decent, but each character had only a couple of scenes. In my opinion, too much talent was wasted with this film.

Furthermore, “Contagion” is quite disgusting. Many scenes are disturbing and you walk out not wanting to touch anything. This film is not enjoyable at all and not well done. I give it a 4 out of 10. Don’t waste your time.

Katherine Grace Marra is a junior at Weston High School who reviews films from a teen's perspective on her blog .

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