By Erik Luna
The new action-thriller, “Contagion,” delivers a poor storyline in the midst of a pending biological attack and leaves its audience in a state of confusion.
Despite having a star-studded cast the movie fails in many different ways to maintain the audience’s attention.
Having so many characters in the movie made it difficult to focus on a main topic throughout the movie.
The topic of the movie was interesting enough to draw in a crowd, but the storyline was very vague and the film even spoiled its own ending half-way through the movie.
There wasn’t that much dialogue that gave out interesting information and most of the acting was sub-par.
The movie revolves around a disease that infects people quickly and how it affects the lives of a random group of people.
The virus, which gets dubbed MEV-1, spreads by a simple touch of someone that is infected and it’s highly contagious.
Matt Damon plays the role of Mitch Emhoff, the husband of Beth Emhoff, played by Gwyneth Paltrow
She is the one that starts the spread of the disease when she goes off to Japan on a business trip.
Although Damon and Paltrow are both good actors, they didn’t put up anything special for their roles in this movie.
Damon’s acting felt really bland and even boring at times.
One of the most interesting points in the movie is the storyline that Jude Law is involved in.
Law probably has the best role in the movie, playing a coniving freelance journalist, Alan Krumwiede.
As the growing hysteria begins to take its toll on the American people, Law starts filming and streaming videos online saying that there is a cure.
Besides Law’s performance as Krumwiede, nothing else stands out in the movie.
Laurence Fishburne’s character has some good dialogue with Law’s character and it provides viewers with an interesting debate, but that’s about it.
The movie gives viewers a glimpse of a world of pure anarchy, yet it doesn’t make it that interesting and doesn’t make it one of the main topics of the movie.
It just progresses an already boring storyline.
The end of the movie is both confusing and almost anti-climatic.
If viewers are truly paying attention to the dialogue throughout the movie the ending won’t be much of a surprise.
It doesn’t reveal anything exciting, just gives you one piece of information that was hidden throughout the movie.
The ending even leaves one of its storylines with Marion Cotillard unresolved, and makes it seem as if there’s a sequel in the making.
The movie, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh, is rated PG-13 and runs for an hour and forty-five minutes.