I enjoyed the movie Contagion. It was a smart movie. Contagion is based on the concept of a worldwide pandemic. This could certainly happen in real life, and one day this movie may be considered prophetic. I will address one aspect of this film: the character Alan Krumwiede as played by Jude Law.
In the film, Alan Krumwiede is a blogger who is the first person to comprehend the virus’ significance before it becomes widely recognized. As played by Jude Law, he is an annoying gadfly, but also knowledgeable about his niche. The character is a conspiracy theorist specializing in government/big pharmacy connections.
Here is the character as described in Wikipedia:
A conspiratorially minded freelance journalist named Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law) posts video blogs claiming that he has recovered from his sickness using a homeopathic cure based on forsythia. Panicked people attempting to obtain forsythia overwhelm pharmacies and also accelerate the contagion as infected and healthy people congregate. Krumwiede leaps to national attention and during a television interview accuses Dr. Cheever of informing friends and family to leave Chicago before quarantine is imposed. It is later revealed Krumwiede was never sick but was attempting to boost demand on behalf of investors in the companies producing and distributing the treatment.
The scientists in the movie are rightfully portrayed as the heroes. But the blogger is made the villain, spreading disinformation for his personal gain. Movie reviews agree the Jude Law character is the movie’s lone villain. Perhaps this was the director’s purpose, but I don’t think it is that simple.
At the beginning of the movie the blogger character recognizes the oncoming plague and tries to get the story published in the mainstream media. Rejected, he takes his story in his own hands and blogs. Yes, the character has concepts outside the mainstream, but he actually believes in them.
Later in the film, a hedge fund bankster type approaches the Jude Law character for inside information for exploiting the disease for profit. The blogger bites at this opportunity, suggesting a homeopathic cure. Nonsense, but when dollars are dangled in front of a blogger, no surprise there.
At the end of the movie, the character is arrested. But he stands by his beliefs, and afterwards he is out videoing the consequence of the plague. The blogger character would not be doing what he does if he did not believe in them. He is not just doing this for money but for a personal cause.
I am a blogger in esoterica, not far removed from the movie’s blogger character. I recognized the dynamic of the character: to discover something new that is ignored or disrespected by journalism and society. I deal with the paranormal, rejected by science but which I believe has serious but ignored truths. As a blogger, I have sympathy for the movie’s blogger character. And I like the illusion of a powerful blogger… but it’s only an illusion.