So, to start off… this movie has a cast like half-price appetizers night at Ruby Tuesday. They all showed up. You’ve got Morpheus, I mean, Lawrence Fishburn, Gwyneth, Jude Law, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Elliot Gould, and my personal favorite Bryan Cranston (watch Breaking Bad if you don’t already, you will thank me) to name a few. If you wonder what kind of budget this movie must have had to afford this cast, just remember, a lot of them don’t make it out alive. Gwyneth has more flashback scenes after she’s worm food.
The movie itself, to be honest, is not a horrible story. I like the fact they go into the details of an outbreak after several months. The aftermath is always interesting. I really would’ve liked to have seen more of the rioting, looting, real post-apocalyptic kind of stuff that I can only assume a global pandemic would bring on, but they did a decent enough job of that. Not every movie can have the “Red Dawn” effect.
And… it has a great lesson to be learned. I love movies that I can use as life lessons for my son. A couple years ago I made him watch Dee Snider’s “Strangeland” in an effort to teach him to not talk to strangers online. This one, hopefully, will put some of my germophobic tendencies in his head. Don’t touch things. Wash your hands. Use antibacterial wipes. Know you can’t judge a book by its cover and people that look clean like Gwyneth Paltrow can really have some nasty pig disease. I don’t know if the statistics they spout out in the movie are correct, for example, “the average person touches their face between 2,000 and 3,000 times per day.” But does it really matter? Touch it ONCE after you come in contact with a door knob the pig disease girl touched and you are screwed. Think about it.