Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Contagion - movie review
I saw the trailer for this twice and was really REALLY excited about seeing the movie. Mass hysteria, contagious disease, Gwyneth Paltrow dying in the first few scenes? I was looking for a movie a la 28 Days Later, or even Book of Eli, where humanity is seen at its worse and also, ultimately at its best. Having Gwyneth Paltrow (ok, her character) die in the first few scenes was just an added bonus. It would have been even cooler if Chris Martin had joined her too...
All in all it really doesn't live up to the hype. I was very much underwhelmed to be honest. Nobody really stands out, even if the cast is chock full of superstars (Kate Winslet, Jude Law with a weird tooth, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard), and I found myself laughing at the silliness of some parts. Basically what was really annoying was that the film was trying to be a little controversial, but failed because it couldn't bring itself to actually convincingly portray what they really wanted to do: show that pharmaceutical companies actually control so much of what happens in this world today.
Bloody hell - if you want to make a point then just DO IT. Don't pretend and then back off. Grr.