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Monday, September 12, 2011

Don't touch that Knob!

My Reel of the week is the Medical Thriller "Contagion".  Beth Einhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns
home to her husband and son from a business trip to China with a touch of what she thinks is the Flu. It quickly progresses to seizures, blurry vision, difficulty swallowing and finally death. By this time she has come in contact with countless people and objects.
This is the start of a chilling and all too real mystery to find the origin of a fast acting,  fatal disease, which is spread by indirect contact. It  quickly becomes an epidemic.
Dr. Ellis Cheever, played with calm authority by Lawrence Fishburne is a head honcho with the CDC, who guides Dr Erin Mears (Kate Winslet) as she conducts her first in the field investigation.


Alan Krumweide (Jude Law) is a Blogger, germaphobe and conspiracy theorist, who is way ahead of the game when it comes to disease outbreaks.He challenges the efficiency as well as the truthfulness of the CDC and the pharmaceutical  companies (Imagine that !)  He serves as the movie's conscience and cautionary tale teller.


"Contagion" was chock-a-block with solid actors giving solid performances. Matt Damon was excellent as Mitch Einhoff. Protective and vulnerable at the same time.  It was good to see Sanaa Lathan who played Dr. Ellis Cheever's fiance. She's underused as are a lot of Black actresses.


There were moments of tension and excitement, but in the end it was just an OK movie, not great, not "Oh my god , you have to see this", but OK. I left the theatre squirting sanitizer into my palm and avoiding touching my face.



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