Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Contagion (film)

The newest disease related film about is certain to get alot of attention. Contagion, directed by Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean's Eleven), is about a team of international doctors (and not just any international doctors, but incredibly good looking ones) contracted by the CDC to deal with an outbreak of a deadly disease. With its all-star cast including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow, this one looks destined to be a blockbuster hit. Insiders who have gotten a look at the script say that clearly alot of research went into this, and that the film ties the storyline of global pandemic into how information spreads in the Internet age. To me, it sounds like it could not only be a tense thriller about disease but also about how media and misinformation lead to mass hysteria (Y2K meets swine flu), and how this may affect global events in the future. The best part about ambitious film, is that the writer has the virus surface on BLACK FRIDAY, quite possibly the worst time a deadly virus could show itself in America. Keep your eyes out for this one.


John Latto said...

Wow, I haven't been keeping up with my film gossip that looks very, very interesting. And the cast is amazing - apart from the beautiful people you mention there's also Elliot Gould, Laurence Fishburne, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad!) and Demetri Martin (The Daily Show). Wait, Demetri Martin?

nateloop said...

This article gives alot more detail about the film, but beware it does give away a bit of plot and character detail, so if you are one of those people who likes to know as little as possible before you go into a movie, be careful reading it. The article is from a guy who read the script apparently and it sounds like it touches on a lot of themes and ideas we discuss in class.