When a fatal virus attacks a small California town Army virologist Sam is sent in to figure out what has happened and how to stop the virus from spreading. What he finds is a decades old military cover-up that has him running for his life and scrambling to find a cure before the military can firebomb the town to hide their evil creation.
Dustin Hoffman (Sam), Rene Russo (Robby), Morgan Freeman (Gen. Billy Ford), Kevin Spacey (Casey Schuler), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Maj. Salt), Donald Sutherland (McClintock), Patrick Dempsey (Scott), Zakes Mokae (Iwabi).
Outbreak begins with a good backstory that sets the stage for the rest of the film and does a nice job of showing how a virus can easily travel globally. From there the film settles into some character development before jumping back to the plot. Throughout the film we are reminded that time is critical which does a lot to build suspense in the film. With mild action used to accentuate the plot, the story moves along at a good pace with a nice climax and a fitting ending sure to please most.
Acting was good from everyone involved. Hoffman, Russo, and Freeman all delivered well as would be expected given their experience and the fact all were cast in roles that fit them pretty well. Spacey was a nice addition and delivered a very good performance, as did Gooding Jr. who almost felt miscast at first. Sutherland was in type and played a great antagonist.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all very good and the use of natural scenery and backgrounds added to the global feel of the film. Effects were mild but nicely done. Dialogue included good depth and breadth throughout the film. Sound was good and the soundtrack was typical feature film fodder.
Overall Outbreak is a very good thriller with good technical quality from every aspect. Well worth viewing by fans of the genre or of the main cast.
With mild foul language Outbreak should be fine for older teens and above.
Outbreak is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado theaters.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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