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When the salvage tug Sea Star is caught unprepared in a violent storm, it slowly sinks, and the crew, led by Captain Everton (Donald Sutherland), wander upon another ship for refuge. The ship, apparently deserted, turns out to be a Russian research vessel loaded with high-tech electronics. The Sea Star crew, which includes hot-head Kelly "Kit" Foster (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Steve Baker (William Baldwin), soon find that they are not alone, and they also learn the horrible fate of the original crew. The ship had taken on an energy-based alien life-form capable of constructing bodies out… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Your average winter cold follows a less predictable course."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"While he can fling together a competent action or special effects sequence, his handling of the plot and actors is strictly routine."
‑ , Time Out
""This is very stoopeed, Stevie." I must have repeated that line to myself a dozen times before this abysmal techno-thriller shuddered to a much-appreciated end."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Virus makes another loud and colourful case for the special-effects epidemic."
‑ Philip Strick, Sight and Sound
"Even Donald Sutherland in the potentially juicy role as a self-serving old sea dog, is wasted in this big budget ill."
‑ Tom Meek, Film Threat
"Until the diverting special effects take center stage, this story, about an alien intelligence that builds an army out of flesh and metal, pathetically exploits genre conventions without generating self-reference, camp, or thrills."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Frankly, about 20 minutes into this dud, I was rooting for the alien beasties."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The conclusion is so rushed it almost functions as parody. But the biggest impression the movie leaves is that William "Kangaroo Head" Baldwin makes lots of unintentionally goofy faces."
‑ Adam Lippe,
"a respectable little thriller that packs a couple of genuine jolts and gallon upon gallon of gore into a goofy, sometimes suspenseful yarn."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Monster movie is a monstrous failure."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"A derivative sci-fi shocker that isn't likely to spark much interest beyond its target audience of undemanding genre fans."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"An unpretentious, amusing thrill-a-minute sci-fi horror thriller / monster movie that plugs right into fears of a Y2K crisis."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The next worse thing to getting a virus is to catch this bacteria friendly film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"No one in the right mind would call this a good film, or even a decent one, but thankfully, rookie feature director John Bruno's romp is not a complete waste of celluloid."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
"When the automated robotic lab starts using dead bodies as biological material to create killing machines programmed to believe man is harmful and must be destroyed."
‑ Dwayne E. Leslie, Boxoffice Magazine
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