There was great hype surrounding Contagion with it stellar cast, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, and Jennifer Ehle. Unfortunately, the trailer for the movie proved to be much better than the movie itself. The trailer also proved to be misleading as Contagion felt more like a documentary than a suspense movie.
The film is about the worldwide spread of a disease that is like the bird flu. Maybe the science was close enough to the truth and something like that could actually happen in real life but Contagion still seemed long and a waste for its talented actors. The biggest problem may be that we do not care about any of the people in the film. We are not allowed to get close to them as the movie jumps from one incomplete story to the next. It could have benefitted from a Steven Spielberg-esque hero. Matt Damon comes close, but close enough. Gwyneth Paltrow has no role and Marion Cotillard and Kate Winslet are sadly wasted as well.
The only memorable thing about the movie is a factoid that we touch our faces 3,000 times a day, which is the most frightening part in the movie itself. Overall, Contagion comes off cold and sanitized.