Thanks to Roadshow films we had the chance to see Steven Soderbergh’s new film ‘Contagion’ before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film – but as usual – no matter what we say; we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because: There is no better critic than yourself!
‘Contagion’ tells the story of one of the biggest virus outbreak in history and its social consequences, making the population scared and the government lost control of the situation. It all started after an infected American woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) comes back from a business trip from Hong Kong who was the carrier of this new lethal virus and infecting her son but not her husband (Matt Damon) who seems to be immune. In order to stop the propagation of this plague, a team of scientist, health and government entities started working together in order to find a vaccine for this new threat. What makes the matter worse is a blogger with millions of followers (Jude Law) claims that all of these are ploys from the governments and the pharmaceutical companies.
Steven Soderbergh is back with a great film, and as usual with something different from all the current Hollywood blockbusters and special effects shows which are currently released every week. With a not very original topic, but with a clever script and a better way to tell the story, the directors develop a clever and entertaining film that starts quickly and grabs the attention of the viewer almost immediately. Add to that, the world class cast from the film with Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne, each of them with outstanding performances, especially Matt Damon who carried most of the emotional scenes in the film taking care of his daughter and dealing with the lost of her wife and stepson. Moreover, the fact that most of the characters are in different locations and they never get all together, is not an issue at all, on the contrary it’s one of the strongest things of the film that doesn`t have funny characters or unnecessary lines, taking the work in all the areas seriously.
The story is so well shared and the way to shoot the film is so simple and effective that sometimes you feel you are actually watching a documentary or the news in real life, with many plots developing at the same time and with real issues mentioned in the film like the swine flu. Furthermore, ‘Contagion’ has tons of technical and scientific concepts and quotes inside, but that is not a problem at all, because no matter how complicated those concepts are, they were well explained during the film.
Soderbergh has made something that is not easy with ‘Contagion’ because he captures the fear and the chaos that could happen in the not very unreal case of a worldwide pandemic of a killer plague. This is a formula that only works under the correct direction and production like in this particular case.
An excellent film, worth to see, that for sure will get some Oscar’s noise surrounding it.
‘Contagion’ opens next Thursday October 21