Surely there's nothing more natural than wanting to watch a movie about a pandemic during a pandemic? As the coronavirus sees the world lock itself down in full, and people self-isolate at home for fear of contracting or spreading Covid-19, here's how the truly thick-skinned can watch Contagion online – all your streaming options for the film are explained below, so you can uncomfortably blur the lines between fact and fiction from anywhere in the world.
The 2011 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh, who's also behind other A-grade movies like Traffic and Erin Brockovich. It features a star-studded cast including perennial red carpet hoggers Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet.
We'd broadly class it as a thriller, one which juggles several cleverly interwoven plot lines to see a pandemic and its effects through the eyes of medical professionals, politicians and members of the public. Real-world inspirations for the film include the 2003 SARS epidemic and 2009 Swine Flu outbreak.
Contagion was lauded by critics for its character portrayals, and also by health experts for its scientific accuracy – screenwriter Scott Z. Burns having consulted with members of the World Health Organization as part of the production process. It also fared well at the box office, grossing $135 million commercially after premiering at the Venice Film Festival.
Got nice in your veins? Read on to learn about all the online Contagion streaming options you need to watch the movie wherever you are during these unprecedented times.
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Is Contagion on Netflix right now?
Unfortunately, Contagion is not currently available to stream on Netflix in many countries, but there are plenty of great Netflix movies you can watch while self-isolating – including Outbreak, a 1995 medical disaster film that should provide equally uncomfortable viewing right now.
One exception is Netflix Canada, which does feature the movie in its line-up and lets you watch Contagion online or on your TV if you subscribe to the service. For Canadian Netflix subscribers still abroad, you need not fear, as downloading a VPN allows you to use the service just like you back home.
We'll explain how all that works in more detail below.
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How to watch Contagion from outside your country
Hopefully, most people are safely at home and following their government guidance on social interaction during these difficult times. However, if you do find yourself out of your country for whatever reason, you'll likely be desperate to access the streaming services you normally use at home. You may not be able to, though, because of geo-blocking restrictions.
Fortunately, there's an easy solution. Downloading a VPN will allow you to watch Contagion no matter where you are. This simple bit of software changes your IP address so that you can keep streaming movies and TV shows from all over the world.
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