Saturday, September 10, 2011
With Contagion, it works. I give Steven Soderbergh points for giving his movie a Hitchcock feel to it, especially during the early scenes of the virus' spread. However, he loses points for the not-so-good ending (which shows what caused the virus).
The cast is quite good. The notable names include Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law (all we need is Cate Blanchett and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and then we got a reunion for The Talented Mr. Ripley), Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and Laurence Fishburne. Of the actors, I particularly like Law who tries to make a quick buck off the virus scare.
Contagion is really quite effective. Seriously, more than once as I was watching it, I had an urge to reach in my purse and get out my hand sanitizer. But the ending cost the movie considerably.
My Rating: ****