Contagion - 5 out of 5
Thank you, Contagion, now every time I see someone cough, I will coat myself in Purell and run to hide in the deepest, most secluded part of the woods.
Steven Soderbergh directs this chilling film about a world-wide epidemic the likes of which that could make Sars, H1N1 and the Black Plague hire a new PR team. This film focuses on the first carrier of the disease and follows it as it spreads its death across the globe and shows how the media, the Center for Disease Control and the public handles such an outbreak. This star-studded feature is both terrifying and incredibly engaging...and as luck would have it, met up with a friend not long after watching it and discovered he had a cold. You'll never see a man put on a haz-mat suit faster thanks to this one.
|Black Friday is even ugly at the pharmacist.|
But in all seriousness, Contagion is a spectacular film that does what 99% of horror films released in the last 20 haven't been able to do to me...scare me. And when I saw scare, I don't mean like, "Oh, that slightly spooked me and made me jump out of my seat" type of scare, I mean, "Man Alive, I am never leaving my home because there's a chance I might die" unsettling. Soderbergh's work behind the camera delivered a world that is chillingly realistic in its response to such an event--even though when you sit down and look at the virus, how lethal it is and how fast its incubation period is, there is no way such a virus could actually exist without eliminating itself from the tournament of life since it wouldn't be able to spread fast enough to be a epidemic. The filmmakers knew this and went forward anyway with Soderbergh leading the charge and bringing this fantasy to life while making it eerily grounded and realistic.
|"My wife's dead? I don't like them apples."|
|Jude Law's pouting again. Someone get his juicebox.|
|Somehow comedian Demetri Martin even scammed his way into this movie.|
|Quick Heisenberg, make some meth, that'll fix everything!|
|"Can we get the cure in the form of a red pill and the placebo in a blue pill?"|
The work of all those involved, both in front of and behind the camera, on Contagion deserve praise as the outcome was one of the most chilling and engaging films I've seen in a long time. The camera work, the lighting, even the film's score and soundtrack blended perfectly with the performances of the actors to create an atmosphere of true suspense. Now, if you'll excuse me, my throat is feeling a little scratchy and I'm feeling exhausted. I must be coming down with something...