Virus (1999)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

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


Movie Info

When the salvage tug Sea Star is caught in a violent storm, the crew takes refuge on another ship. The seemingly deserted ship turns out to be a Russian research vessel. The Sea Star crew soon find that they are not alone and learn the horrible fate of the original crew.

Rating: R (for sci-fi violence/gore, and for language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Chuck Pfarrer, Dennis Feldman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 20, 1999
Runtime:
Universal - Official Site

Cast


as Kit Foster

as Steve Baker

as Captain Everton

as J. W. Woods Jr.

as Colonel Kominski

as Captain Lonya Rostov
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Critic Reviews for Virus

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (14)

Your average winter cold follows a less predictable course.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 25, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 25, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Virus

This is a good sci fi horror flick. The scares are there and so is the action.

superclerk25
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

½

an alien intelligence takes over a high tech russian boat and plots to TAKE OVER THE WORLD (hey, that NEVER happens, pesky alien scum!)...so stop thinking too hard and try to enjoy this adolescent thrill ride in the just-cause-i'm-a-bigtime-hotshot-actor-don't-mean-i-ain't-got-bills-to-pay spirit in which it was intended. who says fun has to be smart?

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

YosemiteSamFan
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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