Monday, November 14, 2016

Movie review: Containment

When a mutated super-virus with a 100% mortality rate is accidentally released in Atlanta, authorities scramble to find a cure. In the meantime, the city is quarantined behind a cordon to contain the outbreak.

David Gyasi (Lex), Christina Moses (Jana), Chris Wood (Jake), Claudia Black (Sabine Lommers), George Young (Cannerts), Hanna Lawrence (Teresa), Trevor St. John (Leo), Kristen Gutoskie (Katie), Zachary Unger (Quentin).

Containment begins well with nice character introductions and plot setup before smoothly moving to the main plot. As the virus is realized, the city is quickly cordoned off and the intensity moves up a notch. As the quarantine lingers, the film shows us how those inside the walls survive, cope, try to escape, and even profit. Focus then expands to include the emotional drama of key characters, and begins to explore the origins of the virus with a new subplot.

Acting was good with Gyasi delivering a nice performance reminiscent of Denzel Washington. Moses did nicely in a variety of conditions and seemed to work well with others. Wood was very good with solid delivery and emotion. Black, Young, and the remainder of the cast were solid and delivered well.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were solid with a realistic feel and nice variety of locations. Action scenes were well done with nice detail. Gore and blood were plentiful and again, the series had a solid feel. Dialogue had good depth and moved the story along nicely. Sound and soundtrack were nothing exciting but fitting.

Containment takes a nice view and approach to a virus outbreak with a look at how a potential quarantine might work, and how those on both sides of the fence might react. The drama and emotion are nice touches that keep the audience engaged. Those who enjoy a solid drama should enjoy this one.

With plenty of blood, gore, some graphic violence, disturbing adult situations, and mild sexuality, this surprisingly should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 10.31.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Drama, TV Drama, TV series

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