Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Written by Scott Z. Burns. Starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Jude Law.
A thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.
I think I’m kind of ready to write about this film. I mean, what better inspiration to talk about movies than avoiding my lectures about aflatoxins and mycotoxins? Those lectures got me in a nice writing mood, specially about this film.
Ok, I did like that about the film, even though I’m not a virologist and wasn’t really aware of a lot of things they used and stuff. The point is, the film was scientifically accurate! Yay for Hollywood! Putting science first of drama’s sake. You know, there are films with which even I could point out some mistakes and I’m not so good in this scientific fields. It was nice how movie makers hired a scientist that could tell them what was accurate and what wasn’t. The script even uses correct scientifical terms. I feel Steven Soderberg and the film’s producers should receive a cookie, don’t you think?
Besides that, my girlfriend put it out so nicely: it’s like a Valentine’s Day/New Year’s Eve/any-other-motion-picture-featuring-major-headline-actors-and-actresses. Kate Winslet was the best and her character doesn’t have such a cool fate, but when I saw her speaking I say: “there you have a cool character”. Can I have more of that? Please?
I won’t talk about female representation. Yes, it was kind of poor but no, it wasn’t as enfuriating as it could have been so I’d give this film some benefit of not going nutso over it. I’m mostly glad they were accurate in lots of fields most movies would rather ditch just for dramatic emphasis.
I chose to post those three teasers because I liked publicity stunts over the world. I kinda liked how people from other places in charge of promoting the film decided to go with the same idea of the poster and changed the city names in order to have in in their language. I liked the Russian and Spanish one. The teaser by itself is really cool actually.
I also read that Warner Bros. Pictures Canada built two giant Petri dishes treated with bacteria and fungi and set them in a Toronto storefront window. Over several days, the bacteria and fungi specimens grew to spell out the name of the film and form biohazard symbols. How fucking cool is that?
Too bad I can’t paste the video directly into the post as an image, but you can check it out here.
Anyways, it wasn’t a bad movie. Not the best one ever. The first time we (my gf and I) tried watching it, we had to stop because it was too late and we weren’t really paying attention anymore. But yeah, you’ll have a nice time. I wouldn’t watch it again anytime soon, not sure even if I’d watch it again, but it’s cool, I can’t say it isn’t.