May 30, 2020
Jason G. and I are continuing our quarantine review series. Weekly we trade off a movie, comic, or television show to consume then critique. This week it's Wolfgang Petersen's Outbreak released in 1995. We watched this movie(separately)during its initial run 15 years ago, and it is still a fun horror, thriller, drama with a plausible scenario.
The text at the beginning of the film, "The single biggest threat to man's continued dominance on the planet is the virus," motivated Jason's choice.
The budget on Outbreak was $50 million, grossing $184 million in the worldwide box office. With current events, I'm sure it continues making money through licensing to streaming platforms.
The main cast; Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Spacey, and Donald Sutherland. There are many scenes where it's focused on the characters faces, and they deliver. The viewer feels the tension, passion, wicked intentions, the history in the relationships, coming through the screen. Speaking of Mrs. Russo, she ages well and still looks great with her most recent big-screen appearance on Avengers Endgame last year.
Jason does say that due to the present-day pandemic, the film may be hard to watch for some. Certain scenes that show the virus spreading are scary.
Jason's final review score is the same as mine, 8.5(out of 10). He doesn't mind the silly drama in scenes but degrades the seriousness. A criticism I have is that it doesn't feel like a big Hollywood production. It looks more like a TV movie.
Have you seen Outbreak? What are your thoughts? Please comment below.
Here's a synopsis of the film. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outbreak_(film)
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