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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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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!
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.Read more ›
This is the third time I have watched it and have still enjoyed it - Just think there is always someone smarter than you out there. Weird life form.
Generally liked the characters - especially our bomb expert.
I have no problem following the theory that there has to be a total anihilation of this life form. The struggle to do so is still a tribute to man's triumph over his fears of the unknown.
Then we have man's ingenuity against machine's capabilities. And a definite scenerio of how man's greed is his own destruction. Oh yes, a tribute to man's compassion and partnership where it counts.
Acting?, well that is in the eye of the beholder. Yup! I will probably break down and watch it again sometime.
Have fun reading the reviews - it is a treat to see what others think. Judge for yourself.
Not bad - Recommended
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The movie was not the one advertised in trailer and literature - no Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland or any Baldwin in it.Published 1 month ago by Lisa Q
This was a foreign release of the film which is not bad in and of itself but they hardcoded subtitles into the movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donnye Patterson
This is not the movie with Jamie Lee Curtis in it which I have seen a few times. Some 70s movie starring Chuck Connor starts playing instead of the JLC one.Published 3 months ago by RIa
Purchased the movie because I worked on the ship (USNS Vandenberg) when was active in the Pacific.Published 5 months ago by Buddy
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