2011, 106 mins, [PG-13]
Re: A deadly virus is unleashed on the planet.
Outstanding: A captivating slow burn of a movie. Great understated acting and the film was shot beautifully. The music genuinely enhanced most scenes. Marion Cotillard is gorgeous.
Unacceptable: A few little niggles about people's reactions but nothing significant. The pace of the movie is likely to turn off many, especially after the action-based trailer. Gwyneth Paltrow looks like Michael J Fox on the poster.
Summary: When I was in high school, I watched a movie based on an old Michael Crichton novel, The Andromeda Strain. As I sat transfixed in front of the claustrophobic film, most of the rest of the class goofed off and passed notes. Contagion is the closest thing to that movie I've ever seen, but with a broader scale and higher star wattage. While that isn't necessarily a good thing, the movie was still haunting and stark and a beautifully made movie.