Monday, July 16, 2012

Movie Musings: CONTAGION

For a film about a developing global pandemic, CONTAGION is a reserved and bloodless movie.  With an ensemble cast and no central protagonist to carry the story, the film assembles a coherent plot from bits and pieces of other people’s stories.
The feeling of emotional distance keeps cropping up. The film is shot in cold, pale washed out colours, often heavily tinted in an array of blues and greys.
The soundtrack is simple and counterintuitive at times with an almost retro feel, one person fiddling around on a child’s keyboard\synthesizer.
And there are very few moments for the cast to wail and gnash their teeth, no moments of high drama where the lantern jawed hero turns things around at the last minute, instead director Steven Soderbergh  lets the camera rest on his actors, using their reactions to establish the emotional resonance of the film.
This clinical detachment makes for a very cerebral experience when watching CONTAGION, stripping emotion from the film and replacing it with a cold awareness of how powerless and alone we all are.


  1. I had high hopes for this one, but it just left me feeling . . . well, cold and distant. At no point did it engage me or make me feel the least bit interested in what was going on. Instead, I just sat in the theatre, musing on the need for more butter on my popcorn, and waiting for the damn thing to be over.

  2. Seems like little more than an update on all the outbreak-type movies that were really popular for a while in the 90s. Potentially interesting, but it doesn't look like anything I'd go to the theatre for.



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