So evidently I just watched 'Contagion' directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Scott Z. Burns; Rated it 4/5 stars on Flixter and reviewed it as follows:
"Contagion will do for shaking hands what Jaws did for swimming. It's THAT effective!"
I'm going to assume that I don't exaggerate my opinions because it's true, Contagion was one helluva movie. I had heard about the film when I was at Ryerson during Fall 2011; there were a bunch of volunteers going around with banners titled, 'Nothing Spreads Like Fear - Contagion'. An interesting way of advertising this film seeing as how it has everything to do with informing others with what YOU know and how it may concern them. Of course I didn't realize this until I saw the movie a couple of days ago.
It's unique style of cutting away scene after scene and covering all corners was the most appealing aspect of the movie. After all, it's not your everyday sci-fi thriller where you have a viral outbreak wiping out the mass population of the earth. It's more than that. Contagion's viral outbreak brings it's characters together and in some cases changes those characters. The suspense never stops as you're never given that 'It's over' feeling, in fact you're made to expect more chaos to occur.
There's politics in the movie. Period. You've got families struggling to stay intact, a freelance journalist who's more than meets the eye, a medical official who's willing to test vaccines upon herself, and a WHO worker determined to save a village from being eaten alive by the virus with no means to protect themselves. Take all of this, and the fact that each of these characters have a personal life of their own and what you get is a society much like our own. With that in mind, it suffices to say that Soderbergh's 'Contagion' delivers on so many levels. A few puzzling questions left unanswered but it's not a good thriller if everything is made obvious.
Without giving anything away, this was the gist of what I felt about Contagion. If you want to be a part of this crisis and want to indulge in the glass case of emotion this movie builds around you, then feel free to purchase your own copy from Amazon (that's what I did).