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January 5, 2012

Contagion is a tightly knit film that successfully intertwines multiple storylines. The story takes you everywhere from Atlanta to Hong Kong and features 37% of all the A-list actors in the planet. I was never on the edge of my seat but the movie held my attention and proved that Laurence Fishburne can still act. His performance in Predators was painful.

The movie starts with an adulterous Gwyneth Paltrow contracting the disease while visiting Hong Kong. She unwittingly brings it back to Minnesota and is dead within days. Luckily, her husband Matt Damon is immune to the disease. I liked his story the most because instead of worrying about him getting  sick you see the world through his uninfected eyes. Damon tries to protect his daughter and live amongst  the populace. His story is the least detached amongst all the doctors, military and scientists that populate this film.

The rest of the movie follows Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Brian Cranston, Elliot Gould and Enrico Colantoni as they search for a cure.

Steven Soderbergh is a master of the ensemble cast. He conquered the heist film (Ocean’s 11) and brought every walk of life together for Traffic. In less capable hands this could have been a schlock fest or a detached debacle of wandering celebrities.

I liked this film. It has a removed nature that not everyone will appreciate. However, if you like 37% of all the A-listers using big words you will appreciate this film.

Check out John’s review here.

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