Contagion (2011) **
D: Steven Soderbergh
C: Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Ehle, Elliott Gould, John Hawkes
Plot Synopsis: A deadly virus causes fear & hysteria as it claims millions of lives across the globe.
Review: Contagion is the type of film that immediately demands that viewers are automatically invested in what's going on with its characters. However, the film is told from so many different viewpoints that it's hard to connect to any one character and their plight. As a viewer, we're never given enough time to feel for any of the characters and what they are dealing with. It's that bond, that connection that is missing throughout the film, which is a shame because Contagion paints a truly harrowing portrait of what life might be like if a super virus was to sweep the planet.
Contagion fails to provide viewers with a character that we care about or that want to root for. As a result, Contagion drifts from one situation to the next and there is this empty feeling that permeates throughout the film. Contagion is never as engaging or as involving as it should have been despite painting a frightening end of world scenario from a visual standpoint. Since the film lacks focus in terms of character development, the overall results are scatter shot. [PG-13] 107 mins.