Contagion

Rated PG-13 (MPAA) 105 min. 2011

Steven Soderbergh’s thriller about a killer virus that spreads death, terror and chaos around the world is chilling in more ways than one. It elicits a spinal shiver, to be sure, to contemplate the fragility of both human bodies and societal structures, and Soderbergh’s economical, frill-free approach to the story makes the escalating panic feel all too real. Yet for all its many virtues, Contagion doesn’t allow for a lot of emotional connection. A sprawling ensemble, including Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet and Jude Law, divvies up screen time so equitably that none of their characters earn a deep investment from the audience. This is Soderbergh in cool analysis mode, delivering a movie that somehow crawls under your skin even as it maintains its distance. –Matt Semansky

Film Credits

Official Site: www.contagionmovie.com

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Writer: Scott Z. Burns

Producer: Jeff Skoll, Michael Polaire, Jonathan King and Ricky Strauss

Cast: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Sanaa Lathan and Jennifer Ehle

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