Starring: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Written By: Scott Z. Burns
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 47 min
A film about a deadly virus speedily spreading around the world isn’t new, but here, the details of how it would get dealt with are. The virologists who work behind the scenes are unsung heroes and it’s fascinating watching them go to work and keep their heads whilst others panic. There were specialists who helped get the facts right so the film is almost a cold matter of fact documentary about an outbreak. It moves very briskly and often uses very information packed montages and well chosen shots of close ups and freeze frames of moments where the virus is probably getting spread.
The effects of the virus are shown to be horrid and quick and after the film you will want to avoid others, clean your hands and avoid touching your face for a long time! The cast of A-listers is too long to mention here and many characters come and go as we whiz around the globe on an exciting and dramatic tour of people dealing with this nasty business. The pace is fast and slick and the music is throbbing and intense, with all the locations and characters the film flies by and is over before you know it. Kate Winslet and Matt Damon are particularly good, and it’s refreshing to see certain stars in very unflattering roles where they sweat, cough, gasp and die. The heroes are the unglamorous scientists who are dedicated and who become super detectives as they try to trace the source of the epidemic. The Day 1 is kept for the finale and it’s very satisfying to find out what started it all.
An entertaining film full of movie stars and a superb pace and many cool locations. Slick, matter of fact and it will make you ponder about how at risk we are in this inter linked world with all our transport systems and public areas where we intermingle. This could happen!
Filmed in HD so a nice HD copy on a nice TV if you please, it will help see all those sickly complexions!
Best scene for me: << spoiler >>
Matt Damon is in shock when he hears his wife did not make it at the hospital. He then says blankly “So when can I talk to her?” He cannot grasp what he’s been told – the virus is that fast. It’s honest, sad and well done in a movie full of little moments. It’s all about the small details and bacteria!