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A solemn, well-acted and often heart-breaking melodrama well suited for those looking for their period piece fix. As for comparison to the 1945 Joan Crawford classic film rendition of Mildred Pierce, this five part mini-series pulls a lot less punches and aims for a more placid and faithful adaptation of the original novel. It may lack the proper emotional execution or sharp, deserving writing to be considered a masterpiece, but Mildred Pierce is an well articulated theater-styled piece of storytelling. (7/10)
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Director Steven Soderbergh has no definitive style of his own. He meticulously obsesses over style, but always let his subject matter do the job. He’s cautious, inventive and determined.
Contagion is an action-thriller film that feels more as a work of brilliant non-fiction horror. With this film, Soderbergh fixated his gaze and planned his artistic expose on our world’s ubiquitous paranoia, tapping into our cerebral cortexes. He’s invented a pure possibility and let it disturb our consciences, leaving it to linger amongst all of our senses. Stealthy is the disease and so are the scares. Without doubt, Contagion is the most powerful and relevant film to come from Soderbergh since Traffic. Albeit contemporary, the deadly feeling of claustrophobia the film drowns you into is immersive and horrifying. It’s like being forced into a doorless padded room and having the walls set on fire. Soderbergh suffocates all of us on our own planet and instills a fear within human contact.
What makes this film so exhilarating is it’s bleak cutoff from pure, developed emotion. Darren Aronofsky did this with Black Swan, allowing a scene of pure conflict, joy or grief to present itself in a terse manner. It devoids the pure emotion, leaving it to mold into the film’s dark nature.
The majority of criticism developed for Contagion is for lack of proper development in all involved subplots. We are given minimal amount of material to color these characters in with, which was a deliberate approach. Soderbergh comments on the current state of our world’s society and how rare strands of humanity are. It’s an insulting self-portrait of our moral digression as a people. You wouldn’t care about these people in reality, why should you in a film?
Contagion is a superb work of modern horror. Shake your hands for the last time and drown yourself in fear.
This film was my dad.