Spread too thin
DIRECTOR Steven Soderbergh turns his very stylistic eye to the rather bleak subject matter of communicable diseases and global pandemics in this thoughtful yet ultimately routine medical thriller about a superbug outbreak. The action starts with an American businesswoman in Hong Kong contracting a bug and infecting a whole bunch of people on her way home to the United States, where it spreads like wildfire. As authorities and governments look for answers and race to bring it under control, the general fabric of society begins to unravel when fear takes over. A film of many storylines and with plenty to say about a lot of things – human nature, government spin/ control, fearmongering, profiteering ( and the list goes on) – Contagion looks great but spreads itself a little thin and doesn’t fully engage. Extras: ½ Just the solitary featurette on the DVD but the BD combo pack offers a further two featurettes – one having a look at the real science of global viruses, the other showing how the actors prepped for their roles by chatting with real scientists.