Contagion [2011]

An engrossing and powerful thriller, far scarier than the average horror flick, Contagion inspires real terror with a worldwide pandemic that’s not too far from reality. The all-star cast is solid, with Jude Law, Matt Damon and Jennifer Ehle standing out. The electronic score by Cliff Martinez (Drive) goes perfectly with the somber tone and austere look of the movie. My only issue with the film is the pace. It flows at breakneck speed (for me at least; I’ve read comments saying it’s unbearably slow) and it’s nearly impossible to identify with the characters, especially those who drop like flies.