If I were marketing Contagion I would have given away hand-sanitizer with every purchase of the dvd. Germaphobes be warned, this movie is not for you. A woman returns from Asia with flu like symptoms. Within days she is dead, followed by her young son... the film opens with a montage of people contaminating each other. Sipping a drink, touching a hand rail, shaking hands etc.. its a really effective, albeit scary, introduction to a very frightening movie. The film kris-crosses between various individuals dealing with different aspects of the virus, from victims to researchers to homeland security. Steven Soderberg is undoubtedly a maverick film maker. He takes risks in what he does and he balances big budget Hollywood fodder (Oceans Eleven) with micro-budget indie (Bubble) with equal dedication. With Contagion he delivers a very realistic approach to the outbreak genre. No doubt this movie will scare a lot of people and it is definitely engrossing. I do, however, think that the movie loses its oomph and starts to lag in the final act. If he'd finished it off with a punch then I think it would have been a near perfect film.