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Outbreak September 8, 2006

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

This is a typical Hollywood disaster movie minus the explosions. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen (who earlier made Troy, Air Force One, The Perfect Storm etc..), it’s a multistarrer with Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Cuba Gooding Jr and Rene Russo.

As the name suggests this movie is about a deadly virus outbreak which spreads across a whole town and starts killing its inhabitants while spreading it on to other people. The protagonists are in search of an anti-serum from a monkey which actually started spreading the virus….our heroes need to find the monkey before the US government blows up the town for “national security” reasons as usual. The first half of the movie where the spread of the virus is shown is very engaging. It slackens a bit in the middle but gains momentum again towards the final reels. As I said before this is a typical disaster movie…though not as entertaining as the ones made by Ronald Emerich (Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day after Tomorrow). The performances are okay…as you know there is nothing much to perform in such movies apart from running around.

Wikipedia says that after this movie was released there was a debate about a what-if scenario like this and if the government would really go and blow up a virus-infected town to stop the disease’s spread…..(well, my view is a resounding yes). On the whole, this is the genre of film in which Hollywood has attained perfection…..and as such this proves to be an entertaining popcorn flick.



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