The third installments of superhero franchises are known for being let downs, and “Iron Man 3” will do little to dispel that reputation.
I don’t mind shallow if a movie compensates with spectacle. The action here, though, wasn’t enough to save the day. I found “Iron Man 3” to be at times silly, misguided, dull, and disappointing. It’s still a big budget summer superhero movie, and as such, carries an inherent entertainment value. But anything else above and beyond is squandered, sadly.
Contagion tells the story of the sudden appearance of a hyper-virulent strain of virus known as MEV-1.
MEV-1 is an airborne virus. If a person passes close enough to someone carrying the virus, and they breathe, they could contract the virus. It can also be contracted through tactile transmission. If a healthy person touches something a carrier touched, they could contract the virus. Between these two methods of transmission, and the fact that ground zero was the highly populated city of Hong Kong and patient zero was an international traveler, you have the recipe for disaster on a global scale.
And “Contagion” serves it all up for us in a stylistic, engrossing, high calibre movie experience.