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Virus (1999)

Jamie Lee Curtis , William Baldwin , John Bruno  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, Joanna Pacula, Marshall Bell
  • Directors: John Bruno
  • Writers: Chuck Pfarrer, Dennis Feldman
  • Producers: Gale Anne Hurd
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 1999
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IQVQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,644 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, True Lies) faces a new, unstoppable terror in this science fiction chiller from the producer of Aliens, Terminator 2 and Tremors. Curtis plays the navigator of a tugboat crew which loses its cargo during a hurricane. In the calm eye of the storm, they come across a Russian research ship floating dead on the water. Boarding the vessel, they initially believe it to be deserted - but they soon realize they're not alone. First, they discover a terrified survivor (Joanna Pacula, Tombstone), and then they find that the ship has been taken over by a ruthless alien intelligence. Now, the small band must fight for their lives against a force that has come to claim Earth for its own, and creates bio-mechanical monstrosities with one goal: eliminating the virus called humans. Donald Sutherland (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and William Baldwin (Backdraft) also star in a film featuring horrific special effects by the artist behind the Jurassic Park films, Species and Starship Troopers!

    In this fast-paced, sci-fi/horror shoot-'em-up based on the Dark Horse comic book, Jamie Lee Curtis plays the navigator of an ocean-going tug. When a typhoon cripples their boat, the crew sails into the eye of the storm, where they discover a high-tech Russian communications and research vessel adrift. Only one Russian crewmember is still alive, raving about "intelligent lightning." They soon discover that an alien life form has taken over the ship's computers and is churning out biomechanical warriors. With their own boat destroyed, the crew must battle the creature as the ship reenters the storm. If the basic story and characters all sound familiar, it may not surprise you that producer Gale Anne Hurd's other films include The Terminator and Aliens. This movie and its derivative screenplay aren't nearly as good as those were, and director John Bruno (who won an Oscar for best visual effects for The Abyss) seems more skilled at action choreography and special effects than character and story. Curtis plays another variation on her "scream queen" persona, while Donald Sutherland gives a deliciously hammy performance as the tug captain (in his words, "the dominant life form") who smells salvage money if he can claim the Russian ship for his own. For all the picture's flaws, the effects are good (and gory) and it moves at top speed for a brisk 100 minutes. A trivia factoid: at one point on this troubled production, film footage was seized at the airport because the shipping box was prominently marked with the film's title! --Geof Miller

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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cybernetics has never looked tastier... November 25, 2003
    A team of Russian cosmonauts encounter a strange, malevolent electrical being in space just before transmitting data down to a research vessel, the Vladislav Volkov in the South Pacific, and inadvertently wind out transmitting the being.
    In the meantime, the tugboat Sea Star is struggling with a large cargo in tow and gets caught in Typhoon Leiah, with some spectacular special effects on the storm in this scene. After loosing the cargo they must head for the eye of the storm in order to repair their boat, and meet up with the abandoned and derelict Russian research vessel. The captain claims the vessel as salvage and sets alight the crew's dreams of big money in the salvage fees.
    When they power up the Russian ship in order to bring her in, they unwittingly release the electrical being, starting up all the monstrosities it had already managed to create before being shut down by the remaining survivor of the Russian crew.
    The visuals are superb on the cybernetic creations, gory and disgusting; and the suspense as the survivors struggle to best the living, intelligent being is palatable and thick. Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland, and William Baldwin give excellent performances, and the supporting cast as well. Derelict ship, creepy monster, lots of action, sexy heroine...and lots of blood and guts give this tasty morsel five stars on my list. Enjoy!
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars "Shocked" by the negative reviews... October 25, 2002
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    I cannot really ''praise,'' per se, the originality or story of the film ''Virus,'' because, in all honesty, it's not what anyone can rightly call a great film. Sure, it's visually stunning and fun and enjoyable and all that... but it's certainly not ''Terminator'' or ''Aliens.''
    Even so, I'm somewhat puzzled that so many reviewers are having a difficult time ''relating'' to this movie, based upon how it plays itself out. I think they are missing one key element in the whole thing, however:
    Just as ADULT reviewers have to be reminded that ''Santa Claus Conquers the Martians'' was a movie made for the tiny tot audience, reviewers of the movie ''Virus'' need to keep in mind that this film was based on a ''comic book'' story (...or as ''fanboys''-- current and former --would call it, a ''graphic novel'')!
    Anyone who pays any amount of attention would realize that there is NEVER (or rarely ever) going to be a ''totally straight'' presentation of a comic book story translated to the big screen -- even if the story itself is treated ''seriously'' within the pages of the comic. (''The Crow'' was one of those rarest of exceptions.)
    Keeping that in mind may actually make viewing this movie about an alien energy lifeform that....??? uses human bodies for ''spare parts'' ???...., and tries to kill them off more effectively by constructing cybernetic monstrosities???.... okay, so it's a little ludicrous, but again, I don't think it was meant to be taken completely seriously -- it's mindless escapism that's both fun and scary. That's Entertainment!
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    20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Virus can be fun! January 24, 2001
    Virus may seem like a god-awful movie at first, but with just a little work, you can make it surprisingly tolerable. Upon renting Virus, I decided to make it a little more interesting by playing a little drinking game. The game had the following rules (all based on the contents of the movie, incidentally):
    1.) Every time the music swells for no reason whatsoever to heighten the "spooky" atmosphere -- take a drink.
    2.) Every time Jamie Lee Curtis (she has a job on a boat -- and she's a WOMAN!) has an in-your-face confrontation with a male authority figure -- take a drink.
    3.) Every time Jamie Lee Curtis is rescued by a male authority figure -- take a drink.
    4.) Every scene Jamie Lee Curtis stops talking and starts screaming -- take a drink.
    5.) Every time they pull the old "cat trick" (OH NO LOOK OUT BALDWIN CLONE -- oh, whew, it's just the cat!) -- take a drink.
    6.) Every time the token Macho Black Guy says something macho ("I'm gonna mess you up, giant robot sucka") -- take a drink.
    7.) Every time someone yells "It's gonna blow!" -- take a drink.
    8.) Every time a rock-stupid supporting character hears a mysterious sound from an air vent and responds by sticking his damn hand in there -- take a drink.
    9.) Every time a rock-stupid supporting character gets himself killed by attempting the previous, or something similar, or just because it's been ten minutes and no extras have died yet -- take a drink.
    10.) Every time the characters enter a room full of billowing smoke, flashing lights, and random sparks (man, who hired the electrician for all these abandoned starships and boats, anyway?) -- take a drink.
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    20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Swiss cheese has fewer holes than this story May 3, 2000
    This has got to be THE worst movie I have ever seen, with the exception of Hardware.
    In no particular order, here is what stood out to me about the sheer stupidity of the story: The russian woman who managed to stay alive for a week after the ship was initially taken over: She managed to cut off the power to the alien, so why didn't she destroy the computer it was inhabiting?
    The crew: They allow themselves to be sent through a typhoon by a clearly unstable captain.
    No background: Who are these people? The navigator (Jamie Lee) is ex-navy we learn thru a picture in the background. One guy is ex-navy also apparently. He mentions being a Ordnance Specialist at one point. So whats he doing on the crew? Apparently being a Ordnance Specialist makes one a mechanical genius capable of creating an escape device out of a rocket and spare parts.
    Everytime the crew are attacked by a "monster" they attempt to shoot it dead even though it has no substantial body. Its also established early that the way it is kept under control of the alien entity is by a mass of cables dragging behind the "monster". So why not chop the cables? Would that be TOO easy?
    The high point of the movie? The ending credits.
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    Published 1 month ago by Edward R
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
    I watched the movie and it played perfect, of course Curtis, Baldwin and Sutherland tried to misbehave but did a great job! Great movie to watch.
    Published 1 month ago by Ray Nehem
    3.0 out of 5 stars Monster sci fi fun !
    Cheesy monster sci fi at it's best. I liked this movie ! It was fun and really kinda good. Not a classic but a good way to scratch a sci fi craving. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by hetchyhiker
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    great movie good price
    Published 2 months ago by Jon Ham
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
    I do not understand the negative comments about this movie. I enjoyed it as much as Alien, Aliens, Oblivian and others. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Jackie Marsh
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
    It may not have al the CGI that we have now, but this movie really delivered and is a great film for those who like good Sci-Fi.
    Published 5 months ago by Stephanie E. Horn
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good SciFi
    Good, tight SciFi movie. Brings to focus the dangers of excessive drive toward technological improvements to the animal world with a certain amount of action and adventure.
    Published 5 months ago by Hyperjump
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
    Very good to finally see WITHOUT commercials. First saw on Sci-Fi channel, but this is far better. No bleeping either. Tense situation where 'adult language' IS appropriate. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Desert CatMom
    4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, everyone hates it...
    Even Jamie Lee Curtis has gone on record stating that she hates this movie.

    I, however, love it. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Sammie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great thrill ride
    action filled horror movie with good acting and story plot. Would watch again. Sad to see some characters killed off.
    Published 7 months ago by Sherry Jones
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