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

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,013,640 (USA) (17 January 1999)

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$14,010,690 (USA) (14 March 1999)
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In an IGN.com interview; Jamie Lee Curtis said the following about Virus (1999): "Rob Reiner for his 40th birthday had a bad show business party where everybody brought show business clips. Rob's was playing a hippie on Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) singing 'Blowin' in the Wind'. Virus (1999) is so bad that it's shocking. That would be the all time piece of shit. It's just dreadful. That's the only good reason to be in bad movies. Then when your friends have [bad] movies you can say 'Ahhhh, I've got the best one. I'm bringing Virus (1999).'" See more »

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The discovery of someone onboard the Russian ship should have changed the tug captain's reward expectation. An abandoned ship would be worth 10% of its value as salvage (as described in the movie). A ship with even one person from the original crew on board would not be abandoned. The rescuing crew would only be eligible for a finder's fee or the towing fees to take it back to port. See more »

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Goliath Machine: Checkmate.
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I liked it anyway
23 August 1999 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

I've heard people trash this movie left and right yet I found that it kept my attention for the duration of it's running time and all the technical aspects were top-notch (especially Tippett Studio's CGI realization of Goliath). The characters weren't great and weren't bad either. Sure, we've seen it all before in other films but I have little hope of finding a film that's completely original. Frankly, I got about what I expected out of it

  • motion picture fastfood. You enjoy it as you take it in and digest it and
forget about it after you leave the theater. It's just entertainment and not bad for what it is. Unlike LOST IN SPACE or BATMAN AND ROBIN, this film isn't boring. It moves at a quick enough pace to where you don't find yourself checking your watch all the time. I'm not sure what the deal was with Donald Sutherland's character who displays no sense of logic whatsoever. Had they dropped the stuff with his character, it would've helped the film. If you're bored, check it out. It's worth at least one viewing.


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