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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 {}

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Humankind is history. See more »

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

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Release Date:

15 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vírus  »

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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,013,640 (USA) (15 January 1999)


$14,010,690 (USA) (12 March 1999)

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Actor Donald Sutherland spent six hours in the makeup chair in order to be transformed into "BioEverton". Sutherland wanted to film all of his scenes which required special makeup effects in one day so he would not have to go through the makeup application process again. See more »


In exterior shots, the ship is shown pitching up and down and rocking side to side in very heavy seas caused by the hurricane; yet interior shots, except for a mild "rocking" of the camera, show little manifestation of these violent motions. See more »


Goliath Machine: Checkmate.
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References Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »

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This is what I always imagined the BORG to really be like!
28 August 1999 | by (Melbourne AUSTRALIA) – See all my reviews

After reading less than favourable reviews, I was concerned this movie would not live up to the potential of the plot scenario. That is, an Alien entity arriving on Earth and fusing humans, or parts of humans, with mechanical technology to further it own existence.Fortunately, the movie lived up totally to my expectations. We start off with a BANG! and than it's non-stop, sit on the edge of your seat stuff until the end. Anyone who watches STAR TREK knows the BORG. This movie makes what we've seen of the Borg look like a stroll in the park. Whilst extremely graphic in nature, VIRUS's depiction of this Aliens handiwork is as it would be...gruesome! Without giving away the plot, you have a claustrophobic situation reminiscent of ALIENS with Jamie Lee and Bill Baldwin & crew being hunted down one by one. Chase scenes involving a multitude of half human/half machine monstrosities keep coming at you like Arnie in TERMIMATOR. The special effects and art concepts are original and really make this movie stand out. Interestingly you'll see Mr. James Cameron thanked in the fine print of the credits. The mechanical marvels are certainly up to his standard. I loved the movie and now on DVD its straight into my collection.

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