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Loved this movie when it was OUTBREAK.
Is that the one where three scientists spend 120 mins chasing a monkey?
Dang. You got to it before I did. Wow. What fresh, new material we have out there to go watch. Bor-ing.
I worked on this film. It’s nothing like outbreak.
Outbreak is a cartoon set in small town that consists of chasing a monkey, the male and female lead rekindling thier love for one another while they search for a cure and a mad general hell bent on blowing some stuff up.
I’m no fan of rehashes, but if youre gonna do an virus film, do we really want outbreak to be the end all be all of this type of story?
The monkey smuggling, hunting, and mad general are bad enough I can kinda swallow, but Rene Russo is about 7 inches taller Dustin Hoffman — come on.
Outbreak is to Contagion what Tequila Sunrise is to Traffic.
The formers have contrived character arcs with love stories that could be applied to most any theme, the latters are more akin to docu-dramas of the reality of the situation.
Seriously, when Flight 93 came out did you skip cause you already saw Passenger 57?
“oh it’s OUTBREAK”
“oh it’s CRAZIES”
“oh it’s BLINDNESS”
“oh it’s ANDROMEDA STRAIN”
“oh it’s 28 DAYS LATER”
“oh it’s I AM LEGEND”
Oh shut up.
Seriously. You’re not clever, enlightening, witty or any of it. You’re just a complainer. I bet if someone posted a trailer of CITIZEN KANE or CASABLANCA it would be met with the same idiotic rhetoric.
And no, in advance of the cavalcade of bile, I am not equating this movie to CASABLANCA or CITIZEN KANE.
“Cavalcade of Bile” would be a great name for a blog.
Seriously? Is it too much to ask for the slightest shred or originality in storytelling? I’ll see it and give it a fair shake but it’s cynical to just pass this off as people being pithy. You could cut the outbreak trailer into this and no one would know the difference. And there is something wrong with that. Stars or not. Audiences are paying original money they should get an original product.
He/She DOES have a right to complain, ya know. A trailer will elicit interest from some people, and make others yawn. Art is subjective. To each their own.
If the end credits look anything like this, I’m in:
Matt Damon…..Zombie #1
Marion Cotillard…..Zombie #2
Kate Winslet…..Zombie #3
Gwyneth Paltrow…..Zombie #4
Bryan Cranston…..Zombie #5
Jude Law…..Zombie #6
Laurence Fishburne…..Zombie #7
Elliott Gould…..Zombie #8
Marry me! Oh, wait…
Can’t wait for the video game.
Has Soderbergh COMPLETELY ABANDONED GOOD CINEMATOGRAPHY? This movie looks like it was filmed on Sony DV and has about as much visual aesthetic as a HOME VIDEO. That makes me sad. Great cast though!
>Great cast though!
I bet it was the “yes” from Elliott Gould’s representation team that turned on the green light for the project.
Sir, you have absolutely have no fucking idea what you are talking about…
Phenomenal cast. And anything with Matt Damon is worth seeing.
“Stuck on You”?
Especially Team America, World Police!
Yeah, Invictus rocked my world.
Really? Hereafter? Yeah, I love movies about deadly coughs. Sounds gripping.
Looks amazing – I’m paranoid already.
It reminds me a little bit of Hirschbiegel’s cut of INVASION before the Wachowskis butchered it.
So is Jude Law going to be in every movie that comes out again?
I’m still trying to figure out his accent here. Is it meant to be British or Australian? Or is he flexing his acting chops and going for New Zealand?
So extremely uninteresting.
Great cast…love Soderbergh…most of the time.
This trailer had me right up to Matt Damon saying, “Can I speak to her?” after being told by the doctor she was dead. I was hooked. Matt had me…the story seemed so promising.
And then, the rest of the trailer had me wondering what happened…they should have stopped…it was cinematic suicide. I am sure this trailer reflects the final film. It will start out great and then ramble until the audience is asking…where did the story go?
So close…and yet…so far.
What Outbreak et al didn’t have was the story of how information spreads in 2011, how rumors get started, how panic begins. From the screenplay draft I read, this has all of that.
There isn’t one damn original idea coming out of that godforsaken industry any more.
I read this book years ago. It is arguably Stephen King’s best work and it is called “THE STAND.”
The novel is divided into three parts, or books. The first is titled “Captain Trips” and takes place over nineteen days, with the escape and spread of a human-made biological weapon, a superflu (influenza) virus known formally as “Project Blue” but most commonly as “Captain Trips” (among some other colloquialisms). While the base tries to shut down before any infected person can escape, a security malfunction allows a guard and his family to sneak out. Unfortunately, they are already infected, and release an epidemic, which quickly turns into a pandemic, that leads directly to the death of an estimated 99.4% of the world’s human population.
King outlines the total breakdown and destruction of society through widespread violence, the failure of martial law to contain the outbreak, and eventually the death of virtually the entire population. The human toll is also dealt with, as the few survivors must care for their families and friends, dealing with confusion and grief as their loved ones succumb to the flu. -Wikipedia
Stephen King’s “THE STAND” has been ripped off more times than I am willing to count. But nobody has topped his apocalyptic vision. I have been hoping that someone would do a three part motion picture that preserves more of the story than the previous television adaptation.
Hey dude, you haven’t seen Contagion yet. Even if you read the screenplay, you’d realize you’re way off base by making it out to be a stab at THE STAND.
“THE GREATEST STORY EVER WRITTEN”
Yeah — and the adaptation of that one turned out *great*.
Watch out, or Sean Penn will chastize you for making a joke about, ‘one of our finest ac-tors’
“Uh, Mr. Soderbergh? I think today would be a good opportunity for me ‘t to take m’shirt off.”
I remember reading a great book called Hot Zone, by Richard Preston.
Isn’t this a rip-off of that book?
Outbreak was the competing movie with The Hot Zone, which was pulled from production at the last minute–a rip-off in the sense that Hot Zone was made from an amazing book, and Outbreak followed (see also, Deep Impact vs. Armageddon).
From its screenplay, this is much closer to Traffic and Syriana than those, and with equally diligent research.
Sure, similar stuff has been done before but this one appears more realistic and a better update. The birdflu and other lethal viruses mutating is serious shat.
Just consider two factors: How easily it transmits + how lethal.
Thus far, bird flu, for example, transmitted from animal to human, but few or no cases of human to human. If I recall, everyone human that got it died. The virus mutates in the wrong direction facilitating human-to-human transmission and we’ve got a big problem.
There’s a fantastic pbs document about the flu outbreak
“The worst epidemic in American history killed over 600,000 Americans during World War I. Nicknamed “Spanish influenza,” it died out quickly the following winter.”
This area if fertile ground for pics. Looking forward to seeing this one.
Yeah dude, it’s even worse in live theater getting “fresh, new material”. The MAN keeps doing this “Hamlet” bullshit. What’s the point? (High fives, takes swig of PBR).
jeez to all the folk who keep saying….’i saw this movie…when it was OUTBREAK’
first off..that film was out 20 years ago and it sucked….also it’s not like we haven’t see a buddy cop movie more than once…or something where aliens attack our planet…
I wish an outbreak would kill all of these bored, snarky, negative trolls. Them and conservatives. America may actually be livable after that.
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