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An intelligent re-working of the Outbreak theme.
on November 2, 2015
Given the very mixed reviews on Amazon and in the media, I had low expectations of this film but one of the advantages of having family visit is that they bring DVD's that we wouldn't necessarily buy. In the case of Contagion, I'm glad they did. My preconceptions were of an unnecessary re-working of the excellent `Outbreak' with a modern big-name cast (although you can't get much bigger than Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo & Morgan Freeman) to pull in the crowds.
Inasmuch as both films were about the pandemic spread of an infectious disease my prejudice was well founded but Contagion is a very different film. It is almost a documentary describing the mechanism of disease progression and while that sounds rather dull, the film is far from dull. Admittedly, there are no car chases, people getting shot or stuff going bang but the plot and little conspiracy sub-plot roll along at a consistently well managed pace, the cast & script are generally superb and the science is plausible. The only let-down is Jude Law's laughable caricature London accent (which is odd considering that he is a South London lad - it could easily have been Dick Van-Dyke it was that bad); it grated to the point of interrupting the narrative.
All-in-all, though, a thoroughly watch-able and intelligent film which stands up well to comparison with Outbreak.