In July of 1967, In Motaba River Valley, Zaire, a virus with a 100% mortality rate starts infecting people. The virus becomes known as the Motaba virus, and it's so deadly that it causes severe bleeding and liquefies internal organs, killing within 3 days. The virus wipes out Motaba River Valley, and a devastatingly huge fire bomb is dropped onto Motaba River Valley in order to reduce the chances of further infection. The bomb was dropped on the orders of corrupt General Donald McClintock, even though an army surgeon, General Bill Ford, was against the idea. 27 years later, in 1994, there is another outbreak in Motaba River Valley. At the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), located at Fort Detrick in Maryland, Colonel Sam Daniels is doing research on the Motaba virus, and so is his ex-wife Roberta Keough, who works at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. A monkey carrying the Motaba virus stows away on a ... Written by
Betsy, the white-headed capuchin Monkey, also appears in the sitcom Friends (1994) as Marcel, Ross' pet. The monkey's prior role in Outbreak was spoofed by a poster showing Marcel as the star in the fictional movie "Outbreak 2: The Virus Takes Manhattan". Both the movie and the TV series are Warner Brothers productions. See more »
The helicopter that Daniels is in is tagged as 1350. When they take off from Cedar Creek to stop the bomber it has the number 1360 on it. After it is airborne the shot shows it with the number 1350. See more »
Scary subject matter parlayed into popcorn thriller
As a medical scientist doing research on Ebola-like virus isolated in an African village, Dustin Hoffman is miscast but still personable and ingratiating; after Hoffman's Col. Daniels is taken off the assignment and the virus invades the United States, he learns some hard truths about how our government is run. Serious material gets turned into commercial entertainment; those hoping for a more intellectual or subdued approach on this topic will be disappointed, for the film is designed as a thriller for the masses and not as a docudrama. It's well-produced and gripping, yet one wonders how seriously the filmmakers are actually taking it. Supporting cast is strong, particularly Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Hoffman's assistant. **1/2 from ****
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