Virus (1999)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 15, 1999
DVD Release Date: July 20, 1999
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Critic Score: 9% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite its great special effects, this movie's predictability greatly undermines its intensity.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Your average winter cold follows a less predictable course.

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Time Out

While he can fling together a competent action or special effects sequence, his handling of the plot and actors is strictly routine.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

"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.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

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.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Frankly, about 20 minutes into this dud, I was rooting for the alien beasties.

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Adam Lippe

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.

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Joe Leydon

A derivative sci-fi shocker that isn't likely to spark much interest beyond its target audience of undemanding genre fans.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

An unpretentious, amusing thrill-a-minute sci-fi horror thriller / monster movie that plugs right into fears of a Y2K crisis.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The next worse thing to getting a virus is to catch this bacteria friendly film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 21% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Spencer
This is a good sci fi horror flick. The scares are there and so is the action.
Dean King
Very gory Sci-Fi horror, a bit like Event Horizon.
Kevin M. Williams
an alien intelligence takes over a high tech russian boat and plots to TAKE OVER THE WORLD (hey, that NEVER happens, pesky alien scum!) stop thinking too… More
Stuart Brooks
Lafe Fredbjornson
This movie just doesn't work with an alien droid thing aboard a creepy ship. It's a dark ugly movie with a few thrills, but nothing too scary.
Danny Rovira
A vastly underrated sci-fi thriller with solid suspense a first-rate cast and superb visual effects, after a typhoon the crew of the American tugboat Sea Star… More