When a contagion is let loose a global team of doctors is assigned to stomp out the outbreak. As the deadly disease spreads the team starts to lose control and the annihilation of mankind hangs in the balance.
Gwyneth Paltrow (Beth), Kate Winslet (Mears) Tien You Chui (Li Fai), Josie Ho (Li Fai’s sister), Daria Strokous (Irna), Matt Damon (Mitch), Laurence Fishburne (Cheever), John Hawkes (Roger), Jude Law (Alan), Griffin Kane (Clark).
Contagion was a bit slow to start but the suspense and tension built quickly as the plot evolved. The story left just enough untold to be interesting while telling just enough to keep things interesting. It was very entertaining watching the team of doctors lose control and the epidemic grow to the point it was threatening human life. Unlike most biological thrillers, this one was much more intellectual and focused on the technicalities of a rampant disease than horror or personal drama.
Acting was pretty good as Director Soderbergh maneuvered a star studded cast through the story. Paltrow and Winslet both did very well with solid delivery. Damon surprisingly fit his role nicely as well. Fishburne did well, tempering his usual control mode. Law was also entertaining and quirky as always.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all solid and fit the film well. Mild physical effects were nicely done. Sound was good while the soundtrack could have had a bit more energy. Dialogue was detailed but supported the plot and moved the story along throughout the film.
Overall Contagion is a solid thriller that does a good job of generating attention through the end of the film. Those who enjoy a more intellectual film will likely enjoy this quite a bit more than those looking for action or gore.
With some disturbing content and foul language, this should be fine for teens and above.
Contagion is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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