Contagion (2011)

7 mistakes

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Factual error: When a global map is shown, the location of Toronto is incorrect. What is labelled as Toronto is actually the location of Montreal. (01:08:05)

Character mistake: During the interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Alan Krumwiede incorrectly describes what an R naught of 2 means. He claims on Day 1 there were 2 people infected, then 4, then 16, then 256... This is raising each number to the 2nd power (squaring each number.) But we learned earlier in the movie from Dr. Erin Mears that the R naught indicates the number of people who will become infected by 1 infected person. So to calculate the spread of the disease, each # of infected should be multiplied by 2, not squared. It should go Day 1 = 2, Day 2 = 4, Day 3 = 8, Day 4 = 16, Day 5 = 32, etc. (01:06:35)


Continuity mistake: When a guy brings flowers to mourn for Mitch's wife, he is in the kitchen, stands up and runs to the door. When the angle changes, a frame later, he repeats all the previous movements.

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Factual error: On a map of South America, Buenos Aires is misspelt as 'Buenos Airis'


Continuity mistake: During the TV interview with Jude Law and Lawrence Fishburne, Jude's front tooth keeps moving. He has a gap in front, then on the side, then his teeth are back to normal.

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Continuity mistake: When the woman is writing on the whiteboard how many people people infect with certain illness' the writing on the board changes style. (00:18:40)

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Factual error: Shots are showed of different venues which you'd expect to be filled but are empty. Three shots are shown of an airport, the third a major international airport. In all three airport shots and especially the third, the airport is immaculate, the floors look like they were just waxed with a mirror shine, every item in its usual place. The previous shots shots, of Houses of Worship were realistic because things were in disarray, as you would expect. These places were abandoned rapidly and I'm sure there was no reason to have a cleaning crew come in right afterwards. But the airport shots look like that is exactly what happened, probably because in reality they were taken at about 3:30 AM, right after they had just be cleaned for the day. (01:10:10)

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Trivia: As part of the advertising, two huge petri dishes were specially treated with bacteria and put in a shop window. They slowly grew and developed, ending up displaying "Contagion" with hazard signs.

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Question: After Alan Krumweide starts spreading misinformation about Forsythia curing MEV-1, we see a scene in a pharmacy being flooded with desperate customers. But if Forsythia is a homeopathic drug, then why is it being sold in pharmacies in the first place? As the characters say later on, it takes months just to get a drug approved, let alone sold.

Answer: Many pharmacies in the US sell homeopathic supplements.

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