Outbreak (1995)

WOLFGANG PETERSEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1995.  Warner Bros., Arnold Kopelson Productions, Punch Productions, Kopelson Entertainment.  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , Wolfgang Petersen.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , , , .  New York Film Critics Awards 1995.  

When an adorable simian is brought to America from Africa illegally on a barge, it spreads a terrible virus in a small American town that kills residents and calls for a massive quarantine. Deadly Disease experts Dustin Hoffman and are called in to help control and understand the situation, but there’s real trouble when we find out that army bigwigs Morgan Freeman and experienced a similar situation previously and dealt with it in the most unethical fashion. Lots of nick-of-time, high-thrill moments, some of them too cheesy for their own good (Hoffman talking down Air Force pilots by appealing to their humanity is just too rich), but classier than most films of its kind thanks to excellent direction by Wolfgang Petersen. Russo is just marvelous, and she enjoys a good amount of chemistry and camaraderie with her equally astute co-star.

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