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Movie: “Contagion” (2011)

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Title: Contagion

Year: 2011

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Written by: Scott Z. Burns

Music: Cliff Martinez

Starring: Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow,

Lenght: 106 min

Genre: Medical disaster

Distributed: Warner Bros

Epidemic catastrophes, mortal flues and infectious slaughters caused by incurable viruses have always intrigued the film industry – the best examples are the works by Robin Cook.

Epidemic catastrophes, mortal flues and infectious slaughters caused by incurable viruses have always intrigued the film industry – the best examples are the works by Robin Cook.

The last movie of Steven Soderbergh can be added in this multitude of works.

The story is quite simple – Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow), an American woman, comes back from Honk Kong, and after some days she and his son die because of a new and extremely mortal flu.

This is the beginning of a terrible epidemic, and facing political plot, difficulties and the investigation of a blogger journalist (Jude Law), the scientists will discover the vaccine to stop the disease.

Even if the story looks interesting, unfortunately the result is quite unsatisfactory.

The movie development is slow and boring, and because of this slowness it does not transmit the necessary tension and anxiousness of this situation.

The acting is disappointing as well, Gwyneth Paltrow is insignificant – her role lasts twenty minutes, and it is nothing special, very distant from her previous acting.

If she is insignificant, Matt Damon never get in the part – he is the husband of Beth, and obviously protects his only daughter, but he is never involved in the plot, neither he tries to understand why his wife has died, nor he carries out some action – for example contacting the medical staff or the blogger journalist – to understand the truth behind these deaths.

In my opinion, Jude Law is the only one who gets inside the role well, acting like a real investigative reporter who wants to fight the power to get the truth.

Another disappointment is the connection among the characters, which is almost non-existent.

The scientists’ team does not contact the husband of Beth to get information or examine him – the only precaution is 40 days under observation and a little interview.

But there is no contact between him and the journalist, and they look living separate story.

Every character looks following his way of facing this trouble without being related one another.

In this boring movie development the final turns out to be a well done ‘coup of the theatre’, giving to the viewer an unexpected answer to the epidemic.

This idea could be arranged and developed better considering the important and pompous cast used to create it.

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