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Decent film but one for DVD
Member Name: James2807
Date: 27/03/12, updated on 27/03/12 (27 review reads)
Advantages: Great cast, good story line
Disadvantages: Not amazing
I am a massive fan of apocalyptic films, weather they be zombies and vampires or man made disasters. From the trailers contagion looked like a pretty decent film concerning man kinds fight against a deadly and very contagious disease, something that everyone has a slight fear of.
The film has an incredible cast, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishbourne, Matt Damon, to name just a few. I found the acting to be very good. There was no oscar worthy performances but I found the characters believable.
The film focuses on several different people and how they are affected by the outbreak of a deadly virus that sweeps the globe. There story is nothing new but its an interesting topic and the way contagion is shot, very realistic. The film is set over a year or so period starting with day 2 of the outbreak (I found this a great way to start the film and has a great impact at the end but I will not say any more to avoid giving away anything). There is not much more to describe to be honest as the idea is simple.
The characters range from an average family man and his daughter, whose wife is the carrier of the disease to the response team who are in charge of containing the disease and dealing with the media. The film is quite scary in a sense that its very realistic and makes you think about how people will react if/when this happens.
The film has some 'twists' and some unexpected things happen (again keeping it brief as do not want to spoil it for anyone who has not seen it).
The film got some pretty bad reviews all in all. I tend to find IMBD quite accurate and they gave the film a decent 6.8 / 10. Whilst it was not film of the year I would rate the film around a 7 / 10. It has a great cast and decent story line that made me have a good think after the credits rolled but having said that im glad I did not pay to see it at the cinema. Definitely one for DVD.
Summary: Worth a watch