Directed By Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, John Hawkes
When a vicious mutating virus begins to spread across the globe widespread panic ensues. As the leaders of nations and the World Health Organization attempt to find a cure the world becomes a much more hostile place. Dr. Ellis Cheever (Fishburne) is one of those trying to find a cure. He’s working with many government officials and his top field agent Dr. Erin Mears (Winslet) as they seek out the source of this deadly disease. One of the families affected is the Emhoff family where father and husband Mitch (Damon) has already lost a son and his wife (Paltrow). Strangely enough he’s seemingly immune to this new illness and like many people is entirely devoted to ensuring his remaining daughter stays healthy. The search for a cure extends to the private sector and also the media where an online columnist Alan Krumweide (Law) is searching for proof that the government isn’t doing all that they can. These personalities all come together in this realistic and terrifying film. In the end the cure is all that can save the human race.
This is a film worth seeing. The story seems a bit unrealistic but it plays out in a way that’s incredibly convincing. The focus isn’t on the disease and it’s effects, it’s on the effects of the disease on the society as a whole. Each of the many great actors in the film played their parts well. Matt Damon looks a lot more like a middle-aged dad than Jason Bourne this time around. I was also glad to see Jude Law in a role that really allowed for some powerful acting.
Understand that this isn’t a film about saving a specific person or character, it’s about something much bigger. It’s the film’s biggest success that it avoids making one person seem more important than anyone else in the struggle for life. The film touches on some political issues without attempting to make a statement one way or the other. It also brings up some interesting questions left for the viewers to answer for themselves. This is a film that might leave you thinking as it did with me. I would recommend this film to most anyone. If you’re uncomfortable with medical scenes this might not be one for you.
I give this film 3.9 stars out of 5.
Running Time: 106 minutes