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A thriller that deserves the name.

Sep 26, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 02 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
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It’s the result of a horrendous series of coincidences—though arguably those coincidences were set in motion by globalization, as a telltale logo on a bulldozer suggests in the movie’s closing minutes. But wait. Globalization. Logo. Could the intellectual source for Contagion be the Canadian antiglobalization far-left maniac Naomi Klein, author of.  .  . No Logo? It’s possible, because Scott Z. Burns was a producer of Al Gore’s apocalyptic documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. If so, Klein could take lessons from Burns on how to make her arguments a bit more subtly. And Burns could take lessons in the future from his own clear-eyed depiction of Julian Assange about why ideas like Klein’s should be approached with sterile gloves.

John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is THE WEEKLY STANDARD’s movie critic.


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