I had heard about this film in the summer when reading about various film festivals. This one received good reviews from critics (I assumed it was partly down to the all-star cast) and we had been looking forward to seeing it (along with The Ides of March which looks good and is out next week) so last night me and Mr B motored over to Dunfermline cinema to catch it.
The director is Steven Soderbergh – Producer of Ocean’s Eleven (as well as Twelve and Thirteen), and the cast features Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Lawrence Fishbourne, Marion Cotillard and Jude Law (sporting a questionable Australian accent and gold tooth).
The film centres around the outbreak of an epidemic all around the world and the race against time to limit the spread of the unknown disease. It was disturbing in the sense that it reminded you that things like this have happened in the past and could well happen in the future. The action flicks from various cities around the globe and what struck both of us was the intensity of such an outbreak. What would we do if such an outbreak really struck?
Considering the A-Listers in this film, you would expect some first class acting and indeed we got it. The only question I had was the purpose of Jude Law’s character until the middle of the film.
It was definitely a film in which for a couple of hours, I forgot the outside world and for me, that’s the mark of a great film. If you can, catch it!