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The Drone Virus 2004

NR CC
3.1 out of 5 stars (15) IMDb 4.8/10

The MRI must be stopped.

Starring:
Billy Wirth, Maeve Quinlan
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller
Director Damon O'Steen
Starring Billy Wirth, Maeve Quinlan
Supporting actors Philip Boyd, Michael Ensign, David Jean Thomas, Christa Campbell, Barbara Niven, Adamo Palladino, Thomas F. Duffy, Talia-Lynn Prairie, Adrian Zmed, Ann Marie Alanes, Thomas Alan Beckett, Anna Boling, Lisa Dinkins, Rachel Feldman, Noelle Francis, Elizabeth Jarosz, Damien Luvara, Andrés López
Studio GoDigital
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By A. Stubbs on December 11, 2012
Format: Amazon Video
I have to rate this film extra low to inject a little reason into this ridiculously high (at this time, four stars!) rating it has here.
It is not even up to the standards of an ABC after-school special.
My main complaint, after the premise, the script, and the b-acting, is the music rising and drowning out the most crucial dialog...again and again.
Somewhere there are people embarrassed by this movie, and others who should be.
Life is short, don't waste your time.
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Another in the long line of medical drama movies that seem to be all the rage. Too bad this one isn't very well writen. The movie moves way too slowly and is full of convenient "twists." The music, as other people have pointed out, is amazingly anoying in how it becomes far louder than it needs to be during crucial moments in the film. The ending is poorly thought-out as well. It comes from out of no where, and isn't very creative or satisfying. If you have 90 minutes to waste, do it with a better movie than this.
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A man named Steve Roland (Billy Wirth) takes his daughter in for a routine MRI. All is well until she begins seizing and her brainwaves go flat. What went wrong? Why did this girl simply die? Roland wants answers. During a hospital board meeting, it is disclosed that other patients have died suddenly. The hospital, fearing lawsuits, puts all of the blame on the doctor performing the scans. Roland meets w/ the doctor and discovers that an experimental drug had been used on the other patients, but not on his daughter. He launches his own investigation, posing as a tech worker at the hospital. Roland enlists the help of another doctor who witnessed his daughter's death. Soon, bad things start happening to anyone who opens their mouth. A conspiracy is under way, and Roland, along w/ anyone who tries to help him, is in serious danger. Another death occurs during an MRI, and the technician decides to suggest that the machine be shut down. He is beaten almost to death, and winds up framed for the MRI "malfunctions". Roland's inquiries lead to further revelations of malfeasance and nefarious goings-on. He is nearly killed. Can he uncover the truth before his life is prematurely terminated? THE DRONE VIRUS is an excellent medical thriller in the same vein as movies like COMA or ANATOMY. There's something about the prospect of eeevil, conspiratorial doctors that's extra frightening. Makes me wonder about that last check up! Hmmm...
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This movie is moderately entertaining. It is definitely B-movie quality. There is some bad acting, over-acting, and the writing is what you would expect for a B-production. I noticed a lot of exuberant reviews. I think these folks are giving the film too much praise. It is a solid 2.5-3. Your average film that will entertain, but not impress.
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It was a drag poor directing,poor acting, The plot unfolds poorly and so slow,ugh we watched about two thirds of it then we quit!
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The movie was not what I had expected, but it was an interesting movie with a twist at the end that I was not totally prepared for. The movie does not move very fast as far as action but the acting was pretty good and it had a good plot. I gave 4 stars because I enjoyed the movie and would recommend to others if you enjoy a little suspense and mystery and not up for a loud movie.
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Not a quality production, to say the least. Save yourself some time and skip this one. It's bad. The acting, script, sound pretty much everything feels like it was shot on a $2000 budget.
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The movie was an enjoyable thriller/mystery that features a final twist at the end which I will not spoil. Although adequately foreshadowed, there are some events that don't quite make sense in the new light, so it's slightly unsatisfying, like it was tacked on at the end rather than building towards it.

What really bothers me about the movie is the central idea that a MRI machine can kill people due to malicious code inserted into its firmware. The "drone virus" refers to a computer virus that allows PCs to become zombies and due to bidding of the controller. This is a problem with unsecured Windows PCs in real life, but the malware here is not a virus at all, but does allow remote operation, in this case to fry patient's brains.

So, how does an MRI fry someone's brain, making it looks like some kind of unknown seizure? They say repeatedly that it "increases the radiation". Well, an MRI doesn't involve radiation of any kind, but rather uses a big magnet to align the water molecules in the body; when the field is switched off the molecules swing back, emitting a very faint signal that is picked up by the machine. The radio frequency used might be considered "radiation", it is not "ionizing radiation" meaning it doesn't knock things loose from molecules in the body, and doesn't cause any damage whatsoever. The only risks involve flying metal objects, and getting too hot.

I worry that this will only create fear of a machine that is perfectly safe, or perhaps is a symptom that such misplaced fear already exists in the general population. Perhaps the book was better (more technically plausible) and the movie messed it up?

Like many movies these days, it will be enjoyed more if you don't know anything about computers.
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