That's where we're headed! Out of the theater!
I was at first pleasantly surprised at the pacing in the first half hour when the virus ME-V is only first catching on, but from there, the ensemble gets sort of boring as the chaos reigns in, seeing as after you understand the numbers in play, the storytelling has to get dramatic to keep our interest piqued. But that didn't happen here. Sure there are a few scenes of 'quiet' chaos, but the tone isn't chaotic so it seems boring. Case in point is that most of the story lines were so mundane it was hard to care about what happened to the characters as the film drags on. And that's essentially all this film does, it drags on with a clock counting the days since the beginning of the infection going viral.
The climax is not even really a climax, but rather the introduction of a vaccine and you watch as the chaos quiets down and the infection stops spreading. But again, the pacing is horrible considering how slow the story was progressing ever since the virus really took off back at the thirty minute marker. So here we are an hour or a little less later and the movie had since been slow, mundane, and lost the flavor from the first half hour that it needed. Not even the ensemble featuring Matt Damon, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Elliot Gould, and Chin Han could save it. Rather it seemed like a great waste of an interesting ensemble.
Overall, I get what Steven Soderbergh was trying to do here, but he lost the flavor of his story way too early and really, the best analogy I can make is that it was like a zombie movie. They too just feature and ensemble which comes together and journeys to a hideout to either go down in a blaze of glory or escape in the nick of time, and while they each have their own flavor, it's infinitely more boring to watch than say playing it on "Left For Dead" seeing as such films are practically like watching your friend play a video game already. And that's what this film is, you're watching a poorly executed story which would be much more entertaining to play as a character trying to survive it rather than sitting back and watching it.