Soderburgh seems to be aiming for another TRAFFIC, that multi-stranded thriller of his from 2001, and assembles a roster of stars all suitably deglamorised - I knew Gwyneth would not hang around long, but we get to see more of her, including at the end when we revert back to 'Day 1' when the virus spreads to humans ... the film begins with 'Day 2' which led me to think I had missed something so I started it again!
This re-unites Paltrow, Damon and Law from THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY but they hardly meet here, and good to see Jennifer Ehle and Elliott Gould too. Matt seems bulked up as the ordinary guy left with his daughter as they try to come to terms with what has happened and cope with the escalating violence in the streets as hoarding begins and the virus spreads - you won't want to be near people coughing or touch anything on public transport after this, and certainly not dip into a bowl of peanuts! Doctors and scientists race against time to try and contain the virus as all those over-populated cities start to have victims. It shows humanity at its most vulnerable, but as the film cuts around so much there are no real characters to latch on it, not even poor Doctor Kate Winslet ... interesting then, but not that much better than that 1976 lulu about containing a plague the hilariously wonderful THE CASSANDRA CROSSING, where one cared more for the stars crammed on the train: Sophia, Ava, Alida and the rest.