There should be a class in film schools everywhere about editing creating pace and tension that is simply watching this movie over and over on a loop for an entire semester (byo-handsanitizer). The marriage between Soderbergh's editing and Cliff Martinez's rhythmic and propulsive score is also a thing of menacing beauty.
Un bon film d'épidémie. Assez réaliste, très peu conspirationniste (les paranos passent en fait pour des menteurs voulant s'enrichir sur le dos des pauvres gens naïfs...), etc. Les multiples histoires tentaculaires entourant la trame de fond sont intéressantes. On trouvera particulièrement drôle que Gwyneth Paltrow y joue, alors qu'elle vend désormais des produits de santé "naturels" de marde.
I really liked the build-up here, the spreading of the disease. The post-vaccine stuff was kind of a bore and you realize how thin this is. Not so far from shitty ensemble films like "Valentine's Day"... book a bunch of stars for a few days each, small number of locations, blah stories all stacked up... but this gets more credit cuz its self-serious. The music is fucking GREAT, though, as is the final moment.
Once you get past the cheap DV look (Soderbergh's too smart for it to not be 'intentional'), CONTAGION reveals itself as a horror movie less about death more about human industry. As one hedge fund manager tells Jude Law's evangelist: "We are interested in the opportunity here." In the midst of celebrity cameos, Cliff Martinez's groovy score and Soderbergh's clinical affectations, Matt Damon rises to the top.
The clinical and mundane realism of this hypothetically apocalyptic vision of a contagious virus without an antidote, plays on the mind well after viewing. The lack of spectacle is the film's inverted calling card, and it works to an extent. The A-list ensemble negates this slightly.