Contagion review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
From award winning director Steven Soderbergh comes a cast full of even more Oscar winners and nominees in this scarily realistic thriller about a deadly virus.
After all the threats of swine and bird flu, it is no wonder such a movie has got audiences all riled up; where narratives of this nature are normally held together by thinly veiled moral lessons or blatantly obvious horror clichés Soderbergh and his co-writer Scott Z. Burns have filled Contagion with a disturbingly accurate dose of gritty realism.
The cast of this piece is almost unbelievable including Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Matt Damon, all of whom contribute excellent performances to this study of humanity and society. On a few levels the movie raises some really interesting points and shows, with a good helping of drama, the way fear can tear civilization down. Unfortunately these aren’t really explored to their full potential in the movie and it simply leaves you watching a germ riddled but average action movie.
Although the premise of the movie is most intriguing the movie quickly spirals downward after the first quarter, when blind panic ensues and the movie becomes just another disaster movie but with a nasty cold rather than an alien attack.