“CONTAGION” = 8
This is one of those complicated movies with so much happening, that it could have been made as a three or four-hour picture. Instead, it was condensed to 106 minutes from which you leave the theater afraid to touch anything, particularly your own face.
It’s another flick about a strange infectious disease that spreads like wildfire around the globe, starting with a vivacious Beth Emhoff, played by Gwyneth Paltrow who is the first of millions of dominos the disease knocks off.
The movie has you follow a time line which, naturally, includes the element of corruption in politics, the pharmaceutical industry and the failings of the World Health Organization. But it keeps the viewer in suspense, wondering what is to happen from scene to scene and it trots the globe.
Besides Paltrow, there is a top-of-the-line cast, including fine performances (as always) by Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Elliot Gould and Jude Law who plays the omnipresent tenacious reporter trying to unveil the truth.
I give it 8 out of 10 stars, well worth seeing, because it has a strong story line, compelling sub-plots and fine acting — not a common virtue from today’s Hollywood output.