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



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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 of human tissue as easily as electronic parts. The life-form wants to inhabit the planet earth but first must rid the world of the virus that infects it and could kill it -- man. John Bruno, special effects supervisor on Terminator 2 tries to reinvent the haunted house sub-genre in his directorial debut, much as Ridley Scott did in Alien.

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Critic Reviews for Virus

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (14)

  • Your average winter cold follows a less predictable course.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 25, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A derivative sci-fi shocker that isn't likely to spark much interest beyond its target audience of undemanding genre fans.

    Apr 25, 2007

    Joe Leydon

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

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • Frankly, about 20 minutes into this dud, I was rooting for the alien beasties.

    Apr 25, 2003 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • An unpretentious, amusing thrill-a-minute sci-fi horror thriller / monster movie that plugs right into fears of a Y2K crisis.

    Feb 14, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Virus

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

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

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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 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?

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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Very gory Sci-Fi horror, a bit like Event Horizon.

Dean King
Dean King

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