Director Steven Soderbergh assembles an all-star cast for a disaster film about a disease that is killing people all over the world in the suspense, thriller Contagion. When Beth Emaoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) flies home from Hong Kong, she isn’t feeling well, has a little cough, and we soon learn that we are witnessing the beginning (actually the second day) of a worldwide pandemic. Beth’s husband Mitch (Matt Damon) seems to be immune from the disease but has to hide his daughter and protect both of them from the mobs of people who are looting stores and breaking into peoples houses. In the meantime, the head of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Ellis Cheever (Laurence Fishburne) sends a young doctor named Erin Meara (Kate Winslet) to Minneapolis to find out why one out of four people are dying. (At this point, I began worrying about the germs I may have picked up and wished I could have found the bathroom to wash my hands.) As the disease spreads faster than they are able to contain it, doctors like Ian Sussman (Elliott Gould) try to track the code for the virus and Dr. Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard) of the World Health Organization travels to Hong Kong to find out the origin of the disease. Soon all of the politicians are hiding in bunkers and a blogger named Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law) alarms millions of people when he blogs that the whole thing is a conspiracy by the government. This film feels like a documentary the way it jumps around between so many characters and sub-plot, which isn’t really bad since all of the stars know how to do their jobs and keep the audience interested while they are on screen. Actually, the story probably isn’t too far off on how people would react to save their families and what politicians would do to save themselves. The film is slow at times, the ending is interesting yet not very exciting, but somehow the story does manage to stay entertaining. I’m giving this film a B- rating.
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.