Sunday, September 11, 2011
Even when I change my pocketbook to a small dress purse, besides lipstick, keys and phone, the one really essential items is hand sanitizer. In my everyday purse, I carry Airborne. I have never once left a public bathroom without using a paper towel to open the door. I use a glove to pump gas, and feel we should adopt the Asian way of bowing to one another in greeting, rather than a hand shake, of which, the former has more spiritual significance anyway.
So I guess you're getting the picture, that a movie like Steven Soderbergh's pandemic, bio-threat thriller, Contagion is really my worst nightmare! Both he and screenwriter Scott Z. Burn do an amazing job of keeping this movie seriously realistic. This is no what if, scifi, action-packed blockbuster. The film feels more like a premonition of a world-wide, horrific event. In fact, it was kinda eerie seeing it on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
It's hard to believe it's been over a decade since I've seen Soderbergh's Oscar winning Traffic, although I've always meant to watch it again; but I strongly recall the movie's large cast was used very effectively with seamless transitions and brilliant interweaving of storylines. Contagion uses similar techniques, with yet another all star cast (Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, John Hawkes, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Sanaa Lathan, Kate Winslet, Enrico Colantoni & Bryan Cranston), plus many more excellent performances by less well-known faces.
I'm not sure what I think about all this, I don't intend to become a conspiracy blogger, like Jude Law's character, Alan Krumwiede in Contagion, but I always keep an open mind to all possibilities. That reminds me, there's a very funny line in the movie delivered by Elliott Gould in which he says to Alan (Law) "blogging is not writing, it's graffiti with punctuation!"