Dear Mr. Rawles,
I too went and saw “Contagion” with my wife. It has been interesting to read the various posts about this film, but again I have a different take. The photography was good, the cast excellent, the script okay, the pro-government and big pharma propaganda was outstanding! What we came away with was the understanding that the CDC  can solve anything (except AIDS of course) and the big pharma can then come to rescue at any time.
Yes the movie did a good job portraying would probably happen during this type of event in terms of clearing out the stores, etc., and they did a good job of reinforcing the idea that perhaps going to the store to get supplies with all your friendly sick neighbors, was not the best idea.
I did hear a couple comment and say that they are just trying to scare us and that “they” (basically FEMA  or some other government agency) would provide. Personally, I thought they got a vaccine way too fast and the situation would actually be a lot worse than was portrayed. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. – Energized
Greetings Mr. Rawles,
I am e-mailing you today because I disagree with the Tuesday (9/13) reviews of the movie “Contagion”. I saw the movie and felt that it was a utter disappointment to anyone who thought they could use this movie to ether glean inspiration from, Learn from, or be used as a tool to warn others to prepare. This movie failed on all three counts. Indeed after the surprisingly utility of the movie, “The Road” I was hopeful that Hollywood had started to cater to our ilk.
To counter the points made by the letters that spurred me to action, I will address the mistakes made by those in favor of the movie. The first is Bill L.’s points on the witnessed events by the first character pointed out. At each of these events there are real life examples on you tube that are far more accurate, and far less child friendly as the movie portrayed. Indeed the perception given from this movie is that while looting is going on, you can calmly walk into a grocery store, take what ever you want, and leave. After all a simple shout is good enough to scare away the looters trying to steal your SUV parked around back.
Bill later pointed out about Operational Security and the ransacking of the head of the CDC’s home. Let me point out that in the movie these, “desperate people” did not hurt the wife, did not trash the place, and did nothing more than scare her while dirtying the place with scattered bits of paper and such. Indeed this is another case of Hollywood trying to portray us as kooks by pointing out that should a pandemic happen, “Things won’t be that bad”
While Mama J. May have enjoyed the loose plot, multitude of characters, the constant reminders to wash your hands both verbally and pictorially with the constant pauses on places where people touch, and through a female character nagging male characters to stop touching their face and wash their hands.
I am not trying to be rude to Bill & Mama J, but this movie does more harm with no good, and should be avoided at all costs.
Kindly, – Braden A.