Outbreak (1995) Movie Review

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Outbreak (1995)

1995 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action
127 minutes / 2h 07min

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Outbreak Plot Synopsis:

When a disease in Africa is discovered, Colonel Sam Daniels of the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases or USAMRIID, is sent to investigate. When he reports back to his superior officer General Ford and tells him that they should put out an alert on this disease but the General that since the disease is so far away and not airborne that it can't possibly reach the U.S. However, a monkey from that part of Africa was captured and brought to the U.S. and a man who works at the customs house took it and tried to sell it but when the person he tried to sell it to rejected it he released it. Later the man who arrived in Boston collapses and dies, Col. Daniels wants to look into it but General Ford denies his request so he turns to his ex-wife, who works at the Center for Disease Control or CDC to look into and they discover it's the African disease but since it kills very quickly, Col. Daniels feels that it's been contained until another outbreak!

Outbreak (1995) Review

Outbreak (1995) is an American action drama thriller film that was loosely based on Richard Preston‘s book The Hot Zone. Director Wolfgang Petersen (Troy (2004), Das Boot (1981), The NeverEnding Story (1984), Air Force One (1997)) did an excellent job executing this film that revolves around medical disasters. Outbreak was a fantastic film that gives viewers an insight of what may happen if an outbreak happens. I greatly enjoyed this movie because it focuses on a virus called Motaba (similar to Ebola) in Zaire and then in a town in the United States. The video shows us how government disease control centers USAMRIID and the CDC might react and how far they might go to control an outbreak.

U.S. Army General Donald McClintock (Donald Sutherland - The Italian Job (2003), MASH (1970), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)) and William Ford had to keep the virus a secret. William Ford (Morgan Freeman - The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Se7en (1995), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Million Dollar Baby (2004)) and Donald destroyed the army camp that had infected soldiers. The virus that they are trying to get rid of is Motaba, which is a virus that causes a deadly fever. Motaba was discovered in 1967 in the African jungle. Colonel Sam Daniels (Dustin Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Tootsie (1982), Rain Man (1988), The Graduate (1967)) is a USAMRIID virologist. Sam was sent to investigate a virus outbreak in Zaire in 1995 and shortly after returned to the United States and told General William Ford that they need to issue an alert. William ignored Daniels input and told him that a virus outbreak is unlikely to happen.

Betsy is an animal/monkey that hosts the virus and was smuggled into the United States. Jimbo Scott (Patrick Dempsey - Grey’s Anatomy (2005), Enchanted (2007), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Made of Honor (2008)) is an employee at the Biotest animal holding facility. Jimbo made a deadly mistake when he decided to steal Betsy so that he can sell her on the black market and make a huge profit but he instead got infected on their way to sell Betsy. Jimbo still sold Betsy to a pet store owner who also got infected and soon after released Betsy/monkey into the woods.
Skip forward and everyone is looking for the host animal as the virus is spreading like the flu and the U.S. Army quarantines the town. Daniels disagrees with the military planning to bomb the city of Cedar Creek although the President of the United States approves of it. Daniel is frantically trying to find a cure, but Major General Donald McClintock has Daniel arrested so that he cannot find the cure. Will Daniel be able to save the town or will the city be bombed?

Overall the movie was very interesting as it deals with real life matters and things that could happen to anyone, regardless of where you live. After watching this movie, I recalled the Ebola virus and how scared everyone was, including me. Viruses are deadly in its own unique way and are something that the cleanest person cannot prevent because sometimes they are unknown and cannot be seen. The actors all did a fantastic job with their roles, and the acting was believable and outstanding. The special effects and makeup department did an excellent job. I gave this movie an eight because it was good, interesting, filled with action but lacked the features that will make someone want to see it again. Everyone should see this movie because it might make you more aware of your surroundings and help you if God forbid something like this should happen.

  • Outbreak Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.92
  • IMDB: 6.6
  • MetaCritic: 6.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 5.9

About Outbreak 1995

Title: Outbreak
Year: 1995
Runtime: 127 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.46/5 stars from 98,770 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 98,770
MPAA Rating: R
Outbreak Cast Starring: Morgan Freeman, Zakes Mokae, Donald Sutherland, Patrick Dempsey, Maury Sterling, Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc, Johnny Kim, Bruce Holman, Robert Alan Beuth, George Christy, Gordon Michaels, Rene Russo, Billy Stevenson, Dale Dye, Patricia Place, Conrad Bachmann, Kevin Spacey, Peter Looney, Julie Araskog, Dustin Hoffman, Beau Lotterman, J.T. Walsh, Diana Bellamy, Teresa Velarde, Kellie Overbey, Benito Martinez, Thomas Crawford, Bruce Jarchow, Joseph Latimore, Jack Rader
Outbreak Writers: Laurence Dworet, Robert Roy Pool
Outbreak Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Production: Warner Home Video
Language: English, Korean, French
Country: USA