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Parts Per Billion

With a poster that suggests disaster and mayhem, Parts Per Billion is actually an intimate drama more concerned with relationships than the outside world. But considering that the whole point is that the outside world is going to hell in a handbasket, you’d think that would play a bigger role in what is going on. …

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28 Days Later

28 Days Later opens with a rather deliciously ironic scenario of a bunch of well-meaning activists breaking into an experimental lab in Cambridge to free a bunch of test animals. “But wait!” the hapless scientist screams, “These monkeys are infected!!!” With what? Simply put (in movie terms), these monkeys have full-blown cases of RAGE. Dewey-eyed, …

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Contagion

I have to admit Matt Damon is growing on me. He is one of a passel of quality actors filling up the large cast in Contagion, and in my book he has one of the most affecting scenes. It is literally right at the beginning of the film. His wife Beth (Gwyneth Paltrow) has returned …

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Blindness

Blindness‘ “What if?” scenario is along the lines of such sci-fi/horror stories as Children of Men, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, or 28 Days Later. Something happens beyond everyone’s control, sending humanity into a panic, and reducing everyone to mere animals to survive. The film opens with a man (Yusuke Iseya) sitting in city traffic, and then …

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