Film review

CONTAGION

CONTAGION

Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Starring Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne

In Contagion, Steven Soderbergh applies his intelligent, steely touch to the medical disaster movie.

A multi-stranded ensemble piece – imagine Traffic with microbes – Contagion traces the outbreak of a global pandemic.

A decidedly peaky-looking Gwyneth Paltrow plays Patient Zero, no sooner home from the East than she’s dead on a dissecting slab.

mong the medics and bureaucrats trying to contain the situation are Kate Winslet, Jennifer Ehle and a scene-stealing Elliott Gould.

The weakest links are Jude Law’s conspiracy-theorist blogger, whose Antipodean accent could set off allergic reactions, and the scenes of panic and looting – so cursory that you wish Soderbergh had been able to develop his themes at mini-series length.

Still Scott Z Burns’ shrewd script makes pointed parallels between biological viruses and (mis)information as transmitted online.
Jonathan Romney

Opens Oct 21 // Cert 12A // 105 mins


Newsletter


Editor's Letter

The 32nd Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Such has been the drooling media focus on Kate Bush this week, it might be tough to imagine British music journalists listening to anything else these past few days. I'm not, in fairness, exempt from the hysteria: here's...