Contagion (Soderbergh, 2011)

Contagion (Steven Soderbergh, 2011)

I have to laugh when I read comments about how this film lacks character development. Well, that’s sort of the purpose. Matt Damon’s character and his daughter are the only two where we feel nothing but real human tendencies. They represent the human side of the insane circus that is the spread of a rapid-moving, deadly disease. The rest of the people in this film are just one side of the battle. They work as hard, fast, and meticulous as the disease itself, adapting when needed, fighting for survival. All the while, cities inch closer to post-apocalyptic conditions and the path leading to that point does not feel farfetched. The situation creeps up in a frightening fashion. So it’s a breath of fresh air when we see Damon contemplate his feelings of grief, betrayal, and paranoia, or when his daughter escapes to the outdoors to make snow angels with her boyfriend. It’s a relief to know that humanity, emotions, and small moments still exist in a world that very realistically feels like it could be coming to an end.  8.25/10


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