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When the crew of an American tugboat boards an abandoned Russian research vessel, the alien life form aboard regards them as a virus which must be destroyed.

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When a typhoon cripples their boat, the crew sails into the eye of the storm, where they discover a high-tech Russian communications and research vessel adrift. Only one Russian crew member is still alive, raving about "intelligent lightning." They soon discover that an alien life form has taken over the ship's computers and is churning out mechanical warriors. With their own boat destroyed, the crew must battle the creature as the ship reenters the storm. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Life on earth is in for a shock. See more »


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Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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15 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£202,301 (UK) (4 June 1999)

Gross:

£451,358 (UK) (18 June 1999)
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The lyrics of the Russian march heard during the end credits are actually the names of various cast and crew members pronounced backwards. See more »

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The tug shown is one which would be used in a harbor or perhaps for short distance towing, not in the open ocean. Further, the short chain method shown is not suitable for ocean towing. It would have snapped in any decent roller, and would not have lasted for more than a few minutes in the storm shown. See more »

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[to Everton who had just pulled a pistol on him]
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Captain Everton: You'll what?
Baker: You figure it out.
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23 April 2004 | by (The Hague, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Don't take this movie too seriously, and Virus is actually an enjoyable romp, that pays homage, excuse me, rips off many venerable movies from the same and similar genres.

It starts of as an X-Files episode, turns into The Perfect Storm, Sutherland is clearly inspired by mad Quint in Jaws, then the movie becomes Johnny 2.0 meets Robocop and Alien II.

The drawbacks are of course obvious - the Life Form behaves more like a space moron, than a higher form of intelligence. If it was the latter, it would simply have the entire crew set port in Australia and have taken it from there. Instead, the "humans are viruses" approach simply brings it down. Bummer. Billions of miles of space travel, and it gets bested by the motley crew of a tugboat with a demented skipper.

Anyway, 21 years after Halloween, Jamie Lee still looks delectable with a perfect figure. The rest of the crew are funny and charming, in a forgettable way. Sutherland puts in the best acting he has in years, which isn't saying too much as he has been phoning his performances in since JFK.

Anyway, this movie is low on originality, but if you like the genres above, it is a pretty nice diversion.


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