Outbreak ★★★

Wolfgang Peterson directed this virus on the loose story starring an A-list cast of: Dustin Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Spacey, Rene Russo, a young Patrick Dempsey ... wow, is that enough great actors or what? This movie covers a monkey carrying a deadly virus who is stolen by Patrick Dempsey's character and brought into the civilian sector.

Quickly, the virus spreads and panic starts to ensue. Dustin Hoffman races against an overzealous military leader (Sutherland) who wants to bomb an enter infected area so he can find the monkey and create a vaccine.

Hoffman's and Russo's characters have a sideplot of being a married couple splitting up that tries to find love again. This movie is gaining a resurgence in interest on Nettflix as of this writing, due to the coronavirus. It's not the greatest 90s disaster film, but it sure has some spooky scenes like one in a movie theater where an infected moviegoer is coughing all over everybody. This doesn't inspire increased attendance in movie theaters in the current climate in 2020.

Wolfgang Peterson's movies have a feel to them and this reminds of Air Force One with the back and forth military helicopter dancing especially. The sound and music has his cinematic style as well. It's not his best movie, but it's an entertaining ride. Recommended.

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