History Film / Contagion

7th Aug '16 10:35:43 AM Sharlee
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* SyntheticPlague: As fits his anti-government/science paranoia, Krumwiede ''immediately'' assumes this trope applies, even though we see for ourselves that the epidemic starts with a wild bat displaced from its habitat.

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* SyntheticPlague: As fits his anti-government/science paranoia, Krumwiede ''immediately'' assumes this trope applies, even though we see for ourselves that the epidemic starts quite naturally, with a wild bat displaced from its habitat.infecting a pig.
7th Aug '16 10:34:49 AM Sharlee
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* SyntheticPlague: As fits his anti-government/science paranoia, Krumwiede ''immediately'' assumes this trope applies, even though we see for ourselves that the epidemic starts with a wild bat displaced from its habitat.
19th Jun '16 10:14:55 PM gemmabeta2
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* AsYouKnow: Dr. Mears lecturing the various officials of the Minnesota Department of Health on Epidemiology 101. Many of the more scientifically minded reviewers found the sequence to be rather galling, as the real-life MDH is one of America's (if not the world's) most capable public health agencies, and in some respects better run than the CDC itself.
30th May '16 12:05:28 AM gallium
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* UsefulNotes/AustralianAccent: Jude Law attempts one as Alan Krumwiede.



* DueToTheDead: Subverted; despite [[spoiler:Mitch and Beth's mother]] wanting a proper burial, the local funeral home refuses to bury [[spoiler:Beth]] on the basis that they may get infected with the virus as well.

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* DueToTheDead: Subverted; despite [[spoiler:Mitch Mitch and Beth's mother]] mother wanting a proper burial, the local funeral home refuses to bury [[spoiler:Beth]] Beth on the basis that they may get infected with the virus as well.



* ImpairmentShot: Paltrow's character right before she keels over at home.

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* ImpairmentShot: Paltrow's character Beth right before she keels over at home.



** When Dr. Cheever is informed that [[spoiler:the virus' R-nought has [[FourIsDeath increased to 4]] - measles or polio level of infectivity, and ''four times more infectious'' than the flu.]]

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** When Dr. Cheever is informed that [[spoiler:the virus' R-nought has [[FourIsDeath increased to 4]] - measles or polio level of infectivity, infectiousness, and ''four times more infectious'' than the flu.]]



---> *sloshing noises are heard, implying that the virus has [[BodyHorror liquefied Beth's brain]], and the younger pathologist steps away
---> '''Younger Pathologist:''' Should I call someone?
---> '''Older Pathologist:''' Call ''everyone!''
14th May '16 9:18:38 PM Fireblood
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* JustifiedCriminal: Despite living in a deserted neighbourhood (with only a handful of other residents left), Mitch never takes anything more than a rifle from his neighbour's house to protect himself and Jordan. Only two other times is he given an opportunity to steal. The first time, at the supermarket, looters have already stripped most it. Though willing to take some needed supplies, he gives up when an infected woman shows up, deeming it not worth the risk. The second time, during the looting of the FEMA truck, he's the only person on-scene rational enough to realize that the looters are breaking into an empty truck.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Alan Krumwiede, who fakes being sick in order to promote a drug that supposedly (but doesn't) cure the disease, and profits big time from it. He's arrested by Homeland Security, but is bailed out by his online followers and encourages more people not to vaccinate.]] It's unclear whether he'll meet justice or not after the film's events. He still has to face trial, though, so there's that.
** Also [[spoiler: Sun Feng, who gets away{at least on-screen} with kidnapping Orantes. Although the vaccine he gets turns out to be a placebo]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:A bulldozer owned by [[MegaCorp AIMM]] outside Hong Kong destroys a forested area so it can be developed. This causes a bat to move to a barn where it infects a pig with the disease. The pig is slaughtered and taken to a kitchen, and while a cook prepares it, he is interrupted to meet a business woman and shakes her hand, causing her to become Patient Zero. The important woman, of course, works for AIMM]].

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* JustifiedCriminal: Despite living in a deserted neighbourhood neighborhood (with only a handful of other residents left), Mitch never takes anything more than a rifle from his neighbour's neighbor's house to protect himself and Jordan. Only two other times is he given an opportunity to steal. The first time, at the supermarket, looters have already stripped most of it. Though Although willing to take some needed supplies, he gives up when an infected woman shows up, appears there, deeming it not worth the risk. The second time, during the looting of the FEMA truck, he's the only person on-scene rational enough to realize that the looters are breaking into an empty truck.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Alan Krumwiede, who fakes being sick in order to promote a drug that supposedly (but doesn't) cure cures the disease, and profits big time from it. He's arrested by Homeland Security, but is bailed out by his online followers and encourages more people not to vaccinate.]] It's unclear whether he'll meet justice or not after the film's events. He still has to face trial, though, so there's that.
** Also [[spoiler: Sun Feng, who gets away{at away (at least on-screen} on-screen) with kidnapping Orantes. Although Orantes, although the vaccine he gets turns out to be a placebo]]
placebo]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:A bulldozer owned by [[MegaCorp AIMM]] outside Hong Kong destroys a forested area so it can be developed. This causes a bat to move to a barn where it infects a pig with the disease. The pig is slaughtered and taken to a kitchen, and while a cook prepares it, he is interrupted to meet a business woman businesswoman and shakes her hand, causing her to become Patient Zero. The important woman, of course, works for AIMM]].



* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Krumwiede for using his blog to convince others to buy a drug that doesn't work]].

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* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Krumwiede for using his blog to convince others to buy a drug that doesn't work]].work, and later protesting a vaccine that does]].



* NewMediaAreEvil: Krumwiede and his blog are the focus of this. Sussman goes so far as to call his blog "graffiti with punctuation", partly because Krumwiede is harassing him. Krumwiede blames corporations and government organizations at every turn. This increases when Krumwiede turns out as a massive internet celebrity with a major amount of influence on the public's opinions on the virus and the cure... namely, by encouraging people to look into alternative treatments and stirring up paranoia over the vaccine, later claiming he's been cured by forsythia, and essentially killing more people by inducing paranoia of the new vaccine. He seems to be a critique on how blogs spread skewed rumors, and tend to be trusted more than educated opinion.

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* NewMediaAreEvil: Krumwiede and his blog are the focus of this. Sussman goes so far as to call his blog "graffiti with punctuation", partly because Krumwiede is harassing him. Krumwiede blames corporations and government organizations at every turn. This increases when Krumwiede turns out as a massive internet celebrity with a major amount of influence on the public's opinions on the virus and the cure... namely, by encouraging people to look into alternative treatments and stirring up paranoia over the vaccine, later claiming he's been cured by forsythia, and essentially killing more people by inducing paranoia of the new vaccine. He seems to be a critique on how blogs spread skewed rumors, and tend to be trusted more than educated opinion.opinion, plus obviously conspiracy theorists and or/certain alternative medicine advocates.



* NoOntologicalInertia: Zig-zagged. [[spoiler:While the vaccine development is unusually fast, it is the modern world's greatest emergency and still shown to be in such short supply that there is a public lottery and widespread criminal desperation to jump the line. On the other hand, it is very unlikely that ''any'' crash vaccine program could outrun the upgraded R-nought of 4.]]
* NoFEMAResponse: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. The CDC and FEMA really get rolling when they realize how bad the disease has become, but their efforts are constantly constrained by both time, limited supplies, a panicking public, government distrust, and medical personnel going on strike.

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* NoOntologicalInertia: Zig-zagged.{{Zigzagged}}. [[spoiler:While the vaccine development is unusually fast, it is the modern world's greatest emergency and still shown to be in such short supply that there is a public lottery and widespread criminal desperation to jump the line. On the other hand, it is very unlikely that ''any'' crash vaccine program could outrun the upgraded R-nought of 4.]]
* NoFEMAResponse: [[AvertedTrope Averted]].{{Averted}}. The CDC and FEMA really get rolling when they realize how bad the disease has become, but their efforts are constantly constrained by both time, limited supplies, a panicking public, government distrust, and medical personnel going on strike.



** When Dr. Cheever is informed that [[spoiler:the virus' R-nought has [[FourIsDeath increased to 4]] - measles or polio level of infectivity, and ''four times more infectious'' then the flu.]]

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** When Dr. Cheever is informed that [[spoiler:the virus' R-nought has [[FourIsDeath increased to 4]] - measles or polio level of infectivity, and ''four times more infectious'' then than the flu.]]



---> *sloshing noises are heard, implying that the virus has [[BodyHorror liquefied Beth's brain]], and the younger pathologist steps away*

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---> *sloshing noises are heard, implying that the virus has [[BodyHorror liquefied Beth's brain]], and the younger pathologist steps away*away



* ScienceHero: [[ReconstructedTrope Reconstructed]]. The medical/scientific community works hard at containing and stopping the virus, and aside from some ArtisticLicense, is generally portrayed the way real doctors and scientists would operate in this kind of situation.

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* ScienceHero: [[ReconstructedTrope Reconstructed]].{{Reconstructed}}. The medical/scientific community works hard at containing and stopping the virus, and aside from some ArtisticLicense, is generally portrayed the way real doctors and scientists would operate in this kind of situation.



* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailer make it seem Matt Damon's character is leading the plot.

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* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailer make makes it seem like Matt Damon's character is leading the plot.



* WaterSourceTampering: Inverted when the government wants to know if dumping the cure in the water supply will suffice as a quick means of curing everyone. Dr. Hextall simply ignores the question when Cheever relays it.

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* WaterSourceTampering: Inverted {{Inverted}} when the government wants to know if dumping the cure in the water supply will suffice as a quick means of curing everyone. Dr. Hextall simply ignores the question when Cheever relays it.



* WritersCannotDoMath: Alan claims that if each person is infecting 2 others, on the first day 2 people will be infected, then 4, then 16, then 256, then 65,336 and so on. Of course, in reality, if you have 256 infected people, and they each infect 2 people, the next day you'll have 512 new cases, not 65,000. The correct number sequence is 2, 4, 8, 16, 32... [[note]]technically, assuming the infection started with 1 person, you'd want 1 less than this, so 1, 3, 7, 15, 31..., but the progression would still be based on this slower growing series[[/note]] In other words, he wants a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geometric_progression geometric progression]], not a quadratic. He explicitly quotes results based on the proper series later in the scene (he says it would take a month to infect a billion people, and sure enough, 2^30 is just over a billion. Using the incorrect series, it would take a week -- indeed, just one day after 65,336 were infected you'd have 4,268,792,896 cases). This may be intentional, as Alan is an untrustworthy gossiper who's [[spoiler:falsifying a cure on behalf of alternative medicine companies to rake in profit.]]

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* WritersCannotDoMath: Alan claims that if each person is infecting 2 others, on the first day 2 people will be infected, then 4, then 16, then 256, then 65,336 and so on. Of course, in reality, if you have 256 infected people, and they each infect 2 people, the next day you'll have 512 new cases, not 65,000. The correct number sequence is 2, 4, 8, 16, 32... [[note]]technically, [[note]]Technically, assuming the infection started with 1 person, you'd want 1 less than this, so 1, 3, 7, 15, 31..., but the progression would still be based on this slower growing series[[/note]] series.[[/note]] In other words, he wants a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geometric_progression geometric progression]], not a quadratic. He explicitly quotes results based on the proper series later in the scene (he says it would take a month to infect a billion people, and sure enough, 2^30 is just over a billion. Using the incorrect series, it would take a week -- indeed, just one day after 65,336 were infected you'd have 4,268,792,896 cases). This may be intentional, as Alan is an untrustworthy gossiper who's [[spoiler:falsifying a cure on behalf of alternative medicine companies to rake in profit.]]
14th May '16 8:59:09 PM Fireblood
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* BillingDisplacement: [[spoiler:Gwyneth Paltrow]], who retains the first-billed credit in the film, yet only appears for [[spoiler:10 minutes at the beginning, in some photos, and (via flashback) the final ten seconds of the film]].
14th May '16 8:58:35 PM Fireblood
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** [[spoiler:The trouble that they had growing the virus in cell culture, the reason cited that it "killed all the cells". Though some viruses are extremely difficult to grow in cell culture in the Real World, culture killing usually indicates a ''successful'' attempt to culture the virus.]]

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** [[spoiler:The trouble that they had growing the virus in cell culture, the reason cited that it "killed all the cells". Though some viruses are extremely difficult to grow in cell culture in the Real World, real life, culture killing usually indicates a ''successful'' attempt to culture the virus.]]



** After he fails to show symptoms and discovered to be immune to the virus, Mitch is released into the population again. No acknowledgement of the phenomenon of healthy carriers (people who don't show symptoms but are capable of transmitting the disease) is made.
** The grandaddy of them was when the viral envelope protein structure was solved within days of the virus' discovery. X-ray crystallography is often a process of many months to years, and co-crystalization of proteins which bind to each other (such as depicted) is even more difficult and time consuming.

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** After he fails to show symptoms and discovered to be immune to the virus, Mitch is released into the population again. No acknowledgement of the phenomenon of healthy carriers (people who don't show symptoms but are capable of transmitting the disease) disease, like the infamous Typhoid Mary) is made.
made, though this would be a well-known risk.
** The grandaddy granddaddy of them was when the viral envelope protein structure was solved within days of the virus' discovery. X-ray crystallography is often a process of many months to years, and co-crystalization of proteins which bind to each other (such as depicted) is even more difficult and time consuming.
14th May '16 8:49:11 PM Fireblood
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* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: Everything involved in trying to figure MEV-1out, which realistically would take years while the pandemic would burn through its initial waves broadly as depicted. In other words, no prospect of a vaccine to mitigate casualties. The HollywoodScience is so selective here in order to give the health officials a fighting chance rather than making the movie solely about a disastrous pandemic.
* AdultFear: One of the first places MEV-1, an invisible airborne disease with 25% mortality and no treatment, spreads is an elementary school. Exemplified in Mitch Emhoff spending the rest of his movie trying to keep his daughter away from any possible source of infection.

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* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: Everything involved in trying to figure MEV-1out, MEV-1 out, which realistically would take years while the pandemic would burn through its initial waves broadly as depicted. In other words, no prospect of a vaccine to mitigate casualties. The HollywoodScience is so selective here in order to give the health officials a fighting chance rather than making the movie solely about a disastrous pandemic.
* AdultFear: One of the first places MEV-1, an MEV-1 (an invisible airborne disease with 25% mortality and no treatment, treatment) spreads is an elementary school. Exemplified in Mitch Emhoff spending the rest of his movie trying to keep his daughter away from any possible source of infection.



* AnyoneCanDie: Aside from [[spoiler:Mitch Emhoff]] (the only person in the film who shows an immunity to the virus), everyone else in the film is susceptible, and many people die, including [[spoiler:Beth Emhoff and her son, Dr. Mears, and tens of millions of other people across the planet. In particular, Dr. Mears' death is meant to show that nobody, not even the professionals trying to control it, is immune in a pandemic...and death of professionals like Dr. Mears is a massive obstacle to containing the pandemic, as it causes things like a nurses' strike.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: Aside from [[spoiler:Mitch Emhoff]] (the only person in the film who shows an immunity to the virus), everyone else in the film is susceptible, and many people die, including [[spoiler:Beth Emhoff and her son, Dr. Mears, and tens of millions of other people across the planet. In particular, Dr. Mears' death is meant to show that nobody, not even the professionals trying to control it, is immune in a pandemic...and death deaths of professionals like Dr. Mears is a massive obstacle to containing the pandemic, as it causes things like a nurses' strike.]]
30th Apr '16 3:36:23 PM WillDraco
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* GovernmentProcedural: The film gives the viewer a look at how the CDC (a US federal government agency) and WHO (an intergovernmental UN agency), would handle a supervirus. Several crises that must be overcome involve local and federal bureaucracy.

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* GovernmentProcedural: The film gives the viewer a look at how the CDC (a US federal government agency) and WHO (an intergovernmental UN agency), agency) would handle a supervirus. Several crises that must be overcome involve local and federal bureaucracy.
30th Apr '16 3:34:41 PM WillDraco
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* GovernmentProcedural: The film gives the viewer a look at how the CDC, a government institution, would handle a supervirus. Several crises that must be overcome involve local and federal bureaucracy.

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* GovernmentProcedural: The film gives the viewer a look at how the CDC, a CDC (a US federal government institution, agency) and WHO (an intergovernmental UN agency), would handle a supervirus. Several crises that must be overcome involve local and federal bureaucracy.
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