Blu-ray Review “Contagion”

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 106 minutes

Film: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars

With a stellar cast including Matt Damon, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow and a scary yet intriguing story, this film should have delivered but it didn’t.  The acting is definitely fantastic and is the only redeeming factor in this film.  The story was unable to connect all of its intertwining stories into one decent paced story.  The story moves very slow and doesn’t express the thriller aspect of the events happening.  When you have a film about global epidemic, I just would expect it to be a little more exciting. Unfortunately this  film drags and is not exciting at all.

The special features includes in this set are good but not great.  The first is called “Contagion: How A Virus Changes The World” is a decent featurette about the effects of the virus. “The Reality of Contagion” delves into the truth behind the films events and the cast talk about the reality.  It is an interesting feature.  “The Contagion Detectives” talk about how the cast was prepared for their roles and the people that helped them get ready. Lastly included is the UltraViolet Digital Copy for instant streaming, which is a great feature just too bad I am not looking forward to watching this film anytime again soon.

Synopsis: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston, along with medical journalist Sanjay Gupta, explore the real science of global viruses and what they mean to the human race. The world is preparing for the next biological disaster…but is it too late?

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