Nothing spreads like fear
Nothing spreads like fear

D: Steven Soderbergh
Warner Bros./Participant Media/Imagenation Abu Dhabi/Double Feature (Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher & Gregory Jacobs)
USA 🇺🇸 2011
102 mins


W: Scott Z. Burns
DP: Peter Andrews (Steven Soderbergh)
Ed: Stephen Mirrione
Mus: Cliff Martinez
PD: Howard Cummings
Cos: Louise Frogley

Marion Cotillard (Dr. Leonora Orantes), Matt Damon (Mitch Emhoff), Laurence Fishburne (Dr. Ellis Cheever), Jude Law (Alan Krumwiede), Gwyneth Paltrow (Beth Emhoff), Kate Winslet (Dr. Erin Mears), Jennifer Ehle (Dr. Ellie Hextall), Elliott Gould (Dr. Ian Sussman)

In the hands of another director, this might have been a big blockbuster last summer, but Steven Soderbergh's low-key direction made it slip under the radar somewhat. Nevertheless, it's an intelligent, realistic and well-written thriller about a increasingly threatening worldwide pandemic and its repercussions amongst a vignette of characters on both sides of the divide between members of the government and members of the public, with doctors and conspiracy theorists alike trying to figure out the key to survival.
Everything could have been avoided if Gwyneth Paltrow kept it in her whore pants... it's actually quite believable that she would be responsible for the breakdown of western civilisation.
Infectiously good.