Friday, September 16, 2011

Scientists Like "Contagion"

You may know by now that I'm a big fan of Steven Soderbergh's chilly, frightening virus-procedural "Contagion," mostly because of its rhythmic pacing and rigid personality, but also because it's simply downright scary. 
Well even members of the CDC had to give it up to Soderbergh and the film, describing it as "very plausible" and "accurate" in a screening given specifically to employees in Atlanta last week, as described in Mike Stobbe's Associated Press article posted yesterday morning. 
Obviously, being a work of fiction, the real-life Kate Winslets and Lawrence Fishburnes found holes in the film's detailed step-by-step account of what happens during the discovery and containment of a deadly disease, the severity of which key CDC employees findly highly unlikely to exist. 
Anyway, it's a very interesting read, and whether you disliked the film or loved it, it's fascinating to read these kinds of could-it-or-couldn't-it analyses in regards to films that pretend to be telling the truth. 

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