The A-lister-packed movie Contagion tells the story of a deadly virus that spreads quickly throughout the world. The film begins on the second day of the outbreak, after American Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) contracts the virus while on a business trip to Hong Kong and brings it home to the United States.
Soon, the virus spreads to London, Tokyo and Guangdong province, while scientists at the Centres for Disease Control in the US try desperately to find a way to contain the outbreak and come up with a vaccine.
The movie is directed by Steven Soderbergh, whose film Traffic won him four Oscars in 2001, including Best Director. But Contagion hardly compares to that film.
Like Traffic, there are multiple subplots. But in this case, many of these stories within a story are not well-developed, leaving some loose ends. It lacks a climax and the momentum a truly good movie requires.
As well as Paltrow, the impressive cast includes Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law (pictured), Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard and Hong Kong's own Josie Ho.
Yet the only character who manages to create a personal, emotional impact is Dr Erin Mears, an epidemic intelligence officer played by Winslet.
We expected more from this director and his team of top stars.