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A handful of scientists struggle to prevent the destruction of a small town -- and possibly the entire country -- in this suspense drama. In the mid-1960s, a deadly virus is discovered in Zaire that wipes out an entire village in 24 hours. Government researchers are brought in to investigate, but the military opts to destroy the village rather than risk further infection. Thirty years later, Sam Daniels (Dustin Hoffman), an expert on contagious diseases, is called in when the virus re-emerges in Africa. A monkey carrying the bug is smuggled into the U.S., and a suburban California town soon… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Comes off as a shrill, self-important bore."
‑ John Hartl, Film.com
"Much too enamored by its Hollywood trappings to deliver a genuine story about humanity..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Commercial, but lots of fun"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"There's not a name here that should have stooped to such feckless material."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Wolfgang Petersen keeps things at a brisk pace."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"One of the great scare stories of our time."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's easier to take this movieish virus thriller once you accept Dustin Hoffman as a legit action hero."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Click to read the article."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, StaciWilson.com
"Contemporary paranoias always make for interesting film studies, even when the movie is as stolid and unremarkable as this one."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Fortunately, there is a cure. Just turn it off."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"A clunky thriller."
‑ Lucy Mohl, Film.com
"Involving, fast moving epidemic-actioner with frantic Hoffman in lead."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Bland plague thriller"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Scary, convincing and thought-provoking."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Scary movie with realistic portrayal of disease. Hollywood happy ending, but very well done action chases, so it works."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
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