Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston.
When you look at these names, the names of these absolutely stellar actors, and find out that they are all going to be titled in the same credits; that they are all going to be acting together in the same movie – but not just any movie! – a movie on a global scale, showcasing the panic and paranoia that comes from the worst (fictional) virus epidemic in modern history; when you discover this movie, a movie that critics have praised as “smart” and “scary,” you can’t help but be excited for it. You have to see it.
This movie was Contagion.
And it was the worst film I have seen all year.