Spread too thin

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Eguide Movies -

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.

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