Contagion Film Review

This movie is full of stars. This epic new biological thriller features massive names like Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, and Bryan Cranston (the dad in Malcolm in the Middle).

The movie starts off with Gwyneth Paltrow’s character falling deeply ill after returning from abroad. Soon after, she dies in hospital, and her son dies minutes later. Soon enough, an epidemic begins to spread in cities all over the world. The virus is virtually unstoppable and kills millions around the world.

Lawrence Fishburne and Kate Winslet are CDC agents, Jude Law is an influential blogger, Matt Damon is Gwenyth Platrow’s oblivious husband and Marion Cotillard (HOT) is the WHO epidemiologist. In other words, each character tells a part of the story and most of the characters never cross paths in the story. The story is told from the perspective of a helpless patient, a hopeless professional, a skeptical blogger (who I am NOTHING like btw) and other angles on the same pandemic, making the storytelling rationale of this movie special.

The movie doesn’t dwell on the normal cliche of governments wanting to weed out a tiny population for the greater good, with the hero coming to the rescue at the last minute. In Contagion, millions of people die, and the rest wait patiently for a cure or vaccine. It also taps into the conspiracy theories that are fashionable today, like stupid socialists and communists claiming pharmaceutical companies are creating artificial viruses to make profits.

In other words, this is a proud addition to the epidemic thriller movies club. The star-studded, well-written and original movie will swell the theater’s bathrooms after the final credits run. Why? Because everyone is going to run there hysterically and feverishly wash their hands, avoiding contact with other people and running home with a bucket of ice-cream and hope you’re gonna be immune to the next super-virus.

IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

My Rating: 8/10 (I’m a biologist after all…) 



The Top 20 Tracks of the Top 20 DJs of 2011

1- David Guetta – Avicii – Levels meh, he has dethroned Trance from the top and replaced it with… pop

2- Armin van Buuren Between the Rays – Orjan Nelsen Questionable choice… ASOT 500 had a ton of better tracks

3- Tiesto Maximal Crazy – Tiesto He’s so full of himself, and proclaims he is an “electro-progressive” DJ now, that’s cause the Trance Family booted him out =P his favorite app is Whatsapp too

4- deadmau5 Tommy’s Theme – Noisia This mau5head-wearing dude called joel is my lord and savior, hopefully at the top very soon! I’ve also embedded the soundcloud for this track, cause it’s so awesome.

This man’s never touched a CDJ… He’s technically not a disc jockey, which as he states “To say you become this massive up-on-a-podium performer by playing other people’s productions at the same speed as someone else’s productions and fading between the two of them, I don’t get it.” he MAKES music, LIVE. I LOVE HIM!

5- Above and Beyond Sun and Moon – Above and Beyond – These guys chose LEBANON for the Trance Around the World 400th episode, what more do I need to say?

6- Avicii (Tim Berg) Save the World Tonight – SHM This swedish dude is not in a house mafia, but he’s the guy that brought us “Bromance” and “Levels” and SKYROCKETED 33 places to number 6… Completely unexpected, but a welcome change I’d say to the Top 10

7- Afrojack Calling – Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso SUPER FAIL! COMPLETELY RUBBISH! 7th?! REALLY?! WTF is take over control?!

8- Dash Berlin Sun and Moon – Above and Beyond – I love this man, his music. His 2011 set in Beirut brought tears to my eyes

9- Markus Schulz Rotunda – Markus Schulz and Jochen Miller Glad to see the guy behind “Perception” still hanging on

10- Swedish House Mafia Save the World Tonight – SHM Well-earned, not arguing about that

11- Paul van Dyk Sunday (PvD Remix) – Hurts I loved the man once, glad to see he is still visible here!

12- Axwell (SHM) Save the World Tonight – SHM confusion much?

13- Gareth Emery Into the Light – Gareth Emery He’s coooooming in November! =D

14- Fedde le Grand Metrum – Fedde le Grand He opened White this year!

15- ATB Rebound – Arty and Mat Zo he FINALLY released a new album… I thought he’d retired or something

16- Sander van Doorn Coming Off – Cirez Diddie Ok

17- Headhunterz Wake Up – The Prophet Who?

18- Ferry Corsten Punk (Arty Remix) – Ferry Corsten I met him, I love him

19- Skrillex Unknown, but I’ll put this one: First of the Year – Skrillex Dubstep’s on the rise baby!

20- Laidback Luke Avicii – Levels his tweets are fun!