Steven Soderbergh is back with an exciting new thriller which is bound to make you think. The main character of ‘Contagion’ is a virus. A virus that wipes more than 20 million of us out before providing a clue as to how to stop it.
The film from the beginning itself sets the tone of dread and anxiety and the story pans across various countries- from Macau to Chicago. The virus in fact kills three people in its first five minutes including Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow). Beth is a housewife, who comes home from a business trip, dies violently and is immediately labeled Patient Zero by the doctors tasked with stopping the outbreak. Her husband Mitch, played by Matt Damon, is somehow immune to the disease and must find a way to survive after the virus goes on to kill his young son, leaving him with only his teenage daughter.
The movie centers its drama around the virus and how it creates tension every time someone opens a door or lifts a glass. The movie compels us to think about what all objects we touched on our way to the theatre. Here, Soderbergh is at the height of his technical craft.
Credit must also go to Scott Z. Burns` script as it explores the different way people react to a pandemic.
The film has an ensemble cast which makes the film very attractive. Laurence Fishburne and Kate Winslet shine as doctors playing detective in heavily-infected areas. Jude Law, as a blogger, gets most of the movie`s best lines.
Big-names underplay their characters and let the main villain: the virus take the spotlight.
Watch this film if you are a Soderbergh fan. He definitely hasn’t lost his touch.
Ratings: Three cheers for this one!