Laurence Fishburne Weekend – Contagion (2011) Revisited

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Writer: Scott Z Burns (Screenplay)

Starring: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet

Plot: Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure.


Tagline – Nothing spreads like fear

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Intense Thriller

Story: Contagion starts when people from around the world start getting sick, with Beth Emhoff (Paltrow) returning home with the same serious symptoms, dying in front of her husband Matt (Damon) and son Clark (Kane). Dr Ellis Cheever (Fishburne) and Dr Erin Mears (Winslet) are leading a task force to investigate the sudden amounts of people getting sick, with Dr Leonora Orantes (Cotillard) attacking the cases from the European side.

Journalist Alan Krumwiede (Law) is trying to get a big story from the outbreak, with the scientist racing against time to first find the infected, secondly to learn about the virus and thirdly just where it started before the population of the world starts dwindling.

Thoughts on Contagion

Characters – Dr Leonora Orantes works for the World Health Organization she starts the investigation from Europe through Hong Kong trying to trace the origin of the disease, showing how easily it was spread. Dr Ellis Cheever and Dr Erin Mears are from the CDC that are trying to contain the problem in America, building shelters for the sick, dealing with the pressure from people who want the story. Alan Krumwiede is an internet reporter that gets aggressive with his techniques in searching for the truth. Mitch sees his wife being one of the first victims, finding him being one of the few people immune to the disease.

PerformancesWe have a brilliant cast in this film, we have A-Listers and up and comers mixing together effortlessly, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Marion Cotillard are all fantastic in their roles through the film.

StoryThe story here follows the outbreak of an unknown aggressive disease that is effecting the world globally, we have the race from the governments to try and figure out how to stop it and learn where it came from before it kills millions around the world. This story does show us just how quickly a disease could spread, how deadly it could be and how the world could start to fall apart even within the first month of the outbreak. We do get to see the scientific response to everything which is a lot more interesting instead of just following the traditional trends which we have seen before, we see how desperate the people have become and even how the structure of government can even hold up everything. This is an investigation based movie which is important to see for everybody as we are getting the search for the origin too.

ActionThe action in the film is more about the race to find a cure, to save lives, which does make this a thriller side of everything.

SettingsThe film takes place all over the world, showing just how quickly the disease started to spread, with people in the world getting sick, the disease spreads quicker.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film show us just how sick the people will get, this is mostly make-up effects which shows how sick people will become.


Scene of the Movie – The search for the truth.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The annoying daughter that is more worried about time passing than surviving.

Final Thoughts This is a great look at how quickly a disease could spread and cause millions of deaths and how much work would go into solving the problem.

Overall: Brilliant.

ABC Film Challenge – Romance – Y – You Again (2010)

Director: Andy Fickman

Writer: Moe Jelline (Screenplay)

Starring: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Annable, Victor Garber, Betty White, James Wolk

 

Plot: When a young woman realizes her brother is about to marry the girl who bullied her in high school, she sets out to expose the fiancée’s true colors.


Tagline – What doesn’t kill you… is going to marry your brother.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Funny Comedy

 

Story: You Again starts when former bullied high school student, turned PR superstar Marni (Bell) is returning home for her brother’s wedding, she learns that the woman Will (Wolk) is marrying is the woman who bullied her Joanna (Annable).

When Marni returns she is put through the nightmare memories of high school, while Joanna is a complete different woman, things only become worse, when Marni’s mum Gail (Curtis) was best friends with Joanna’s successful Aunt Ramona (Weaver) even if things ended badly at school. Can the two women put their pasts behind them before the wedding or will their feelings cause problems for Will’s big day.

 

Thoughts on You Again

 

Characters – Marni was bullied through the high school, even with her sports star brother helped her focus on her future. Marni would go onto become a big success in the PR world, just getting a new promotion. When she returns home for brother’s wedding she comes face to face with the bully from high school who is marrying her brother. She is trying to get a simple apology, but when she can’t get that she wants to get one over on Joanna. Joanna is the woman Will is marrying, she was the popular girl at high school that bullied Marni, after high school she went through a change become a nursing giving back to the community. She does hint that she knows who Marni is from her past, but also plays dumb on knowing too. Gail is Marni’s mother who is excited to see her son get married, her daughter getting a promotion, but when an old rival turns out to be related to Joanna, she gets just as held back in the past as Marni. Ramona is the Aunt of Joanna’s that has risen to become one of most successful women in the world.

PerformancesKristen Bell in the leading role is great fun, she has the look that can fit both sides of her character along with the comic timing needed. Odette Annable is great too because she uses the beauty behind her character to be the now innocent feeling girl. Seeing two of the biggest icons in female cinema in Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis going to battle is great to see to because they have always felt like they could have gone back and forth.

StoryThe story shows how one woman who turned her life around after years of high school bullying, must return to face her bully before she marries her brother. This story does show us how high school action will always be ones that can affect people for the rest of their lives, it is something you can never change which ever side you are on it. It also shows how once you have learnt to overcome you can be a success even if part of you wants to get back at the person that made you suffer. The bully themselves has to live with the fact that they were awful in high school and that they should learn from their action in life, needing to change who they were. This is handled well because both the characters have the problems with what happened at high school. Add in the generation before having the same issues, we get to see how it will continue through affect people in their lives. The important side of this does show how you can turn things around and put things back on track.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy comes mostly in the things that happen to Marni as she tries to get her revenge, it does make you laugh and Bell’s timing does help make it better. The romance does take the backburner as it is about the bully being in love the brother.

SettingsThe film does the bring the person back to their home town settings, each one brings back a memory, a moment of importance, which does also come through to make it relatable for the audience.


Scene of the Movie –
The dinner.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Everyone does seem to have upper class jobs.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun rom com, it deals with the issues high school can offer, while getting laughs along the way.

 

Overall: Comedy that shines.

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