I am reviewing a film that explores tragedy on a massive scale.
You can't be happy with such a premise: it is better that one million die and not two million, but both scenarios are horrific.
I don't want to punish this film for bringing up an unpleasant topic, in a very realistic manner.
I could fault this film for spreading itself too thin, with too many sub-plots, but how else could they deal with a worldwide crisis and not venture far afield at times.
This was a top level film with an all-star case:
LAURENCE FISHBURNE - MATT DAMON - GWYNETH PALTROW -- KATE WINSLET - JUDE LAW
ELLIOT GOULD - SANAA LATHAN
Given the enormous scope of the story, I will not nitpick about minor flaws, they covered a lot of ground in a short period of time.
IT WAS A BLESSING TO NOT HAVE THIS TYPE OF STORY RUN TOO LONG - IT IS TOO EMOTIONALLY DRAINING FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.