Lite’s Review Room: Movie Weekend – ‘Contagion’ & ‘Main Street’

This week Lite’s Review Room is here to take a look at 3 movies that are out this week and have grabbed our attention as possibilities for our weekend plans.

We’ll start out with Queen of the Silver Screen, Julie Fisk. She saw ‘Contagion’ and here is what she thought of it:


“Contagion” stars Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and a host of other big names as people caught in the grips of a world-wide epidemic. Director Steven Soderbergh is a show-off. He loves showing how many A-list stars he can put in a movie but this time, there’s more than necessary.

We’re so busy watching Matt Damon, Jude Law & Kate Winslet, we actually forget about some of the other storylines. It’s still pretty hard to go wrong when you have this many great actors working with a story that hits home with ALL of us. What do you do when an epidemic hits? How do you protect yourself and even worse, YOUR CHILDREN.

[photogallerylink id=54292 align=left] What makes “Contagion” work is how straightforward it is. This is exactly what goes down when people start getting sick and this is how we, the public reacts to it. It’s a slow and measured response, until the moment it isn’t, and then all Hell breaks loose. “Contagion” plods along at times, and there are some unnecessary storylines, but my biggest complaint is how manipulative it is.

“Contagion” points a finger at the CDC, pharmaceutical companies, even the blogosphere and accuses them of playing with our emotions for profit. Yet this same movie is coming out at the beginning of cold & flu season, when our concerns are heightened, and that’s why I’m giving it a B+. In other words, I still really enjoyed “Contagion,” but be warned. If you’re a little paranoid, you might want to avoid this movie.  I noticed that NO ONE touched the handrails as we were leaving, and some even used elbows or sleeves to open the theater doors. Paranoid? Maybe, but I couldn’t wash my hand ENOUGH after seeing this one.


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