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Ultimately, the high mobility of humans as they pass across one another every day means our degrees of separation are rapidly diminishing.
Everything connects: sitting next to someone on a plane, touching hand rails in public places, even documentation that is passed through multiple hands.
With an all-star cast, director Steven Soderbergh paints a grim picture of the insidious way disease can spread.
Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.
A cerebral disaster film that is terrifyingly credible
As the glue that holds humanity together yields, people must cope with a rapid downward spiral until the film posits just what people will do in order to survive.
Intelligently written in a circular way which connects every character’s actions and emotions, the film’s stellar cast — Marion Cottilard, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne and Kate Winslet — gives credibility and gravitas. It also refreshingly chooses style and intelligence over thrills.
A cerebral disaster film that is terrifyingly credible makes you wonder what would happen if we could no longer have contact with each other.
First published in Insights magazine