Hickox continues his move away from horror toward more serious minded films with Contaminated Man. Contaminated Man has an okay script that comes with a fair number of twists. The problem with the film is Anthony Hickox himself. Seemingly as though making a concerted effort to leave his schlock horror past behind, Hickox has attempted to go so far in the opposite direction and directs with such a sober serious approach that Contaminated Man emerges as dreary. You can see that Hickoxs schlockier tendencies lurk not far beneath the surface with the film offering the biologically ludicrous notion of people undergoing complete physiological meltdowns in a matter of seconds as a result of infection.
Anthony Hickoxs resolutely downbeat approach is further crippled by the casting of William Hurt, who must be singularly the most boring actor in the world. The film does however feature an excellent performance from Peter Weller who is almost unrecognizable, having subsumed his personality and adapted the mannerisms of a middle-aged man with absolute conviction.
(Nominee for Best Supporting Actor (Peter Weller) at this sites Best of 2000 Awards).
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