Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Contagion

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Contagion - Opening September 9, 2011

It turns out that Steven Soderbergh has another terrific-looking ensemble thriller coming up even sooner than last week’s Tuesday Top Trailer, “Haywire.” Here we have a movie with an inhuman villain, where, as Laurence Fishburne’s top scientist puts it, the birds are doing a good enough job of weaponizing the bird flu. This film boasts an enormously talented cast, including a slew of Oscar winners, including Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Marion Cotillard, and some other Oscar nominees like Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Laurence Fishburne. It’s the kind of film that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to have actors as high calibers as this starring in it, and the pedigree makes it seem that this film could be really, really good. Soderbergh has proven himself more than capable of enhancing other subject matter, namely “Ocean’s Eleven,” and elevating it to a level much higher than is necessary for the genre. There looks to be so much going on here that it’s bound to be extremely engaging and interesting. Damon has proven that he’s an effective lead in an action film or a thriller, and I’m pleased to see Cotillard in the cast, as well as Winslet in a somewhat less Oscar-baity role than usual. Basically, this movie should be great, and I’m very much looking forward to it.

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