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If You Like Realism in Your Medical Thrillers....,
This review is from: Contagion (DVD)
This film is close to being a hybrid between a documentary and fictional tale. It is also an ensemble cast which can be difficult to pull off but this movie manages it. Basically, a very lethal virus sweeps the world, turning into a pandemic. There is HUGE loss of life until a vaccine is developed. The first case which brings it into the USA is Gwyn Paltrow who flies home from Asia to Minnesota. Within a very short time of being home with a cold, she goes into convulsions, is taken to the hospital and dies. Her son goes next and is replicates at swift speed after that. I never once felt that this was a science fiction film or one of these comic book based action films. It seemed to develop exactly as such a pandemic would develop around the world.
There is an all star cast. It would be nice to have more screen time for some of them but then we'd miss getting the bigger picture. People do panic, loot, try to escape, kidnap people for vaccine trades and so forth and so on.
There is a trade off for all of this reality and ensemble acting. That is that you never really come to care about anyone or want to explore their stories further. You do feel sorry for Paltrow's husband, Matt Damon, and his daughter, who are left to deal with their own tragedy. However, his character would have to be onscreen a lot longer for one to really work up a connection with his character.
For what this film is, it is very well done and very good.
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