The seven American lawyers hired by Australian media magnate Jack Doulan, whose company rivals Albert Teal's Digicron for preponderance on the world market of telecommunications, are ... See full summary »

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Nick Baldwin (as Antonio Sabàto Jr.)
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Albert Teal
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Charlie
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Jack Doulan
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Ned Henderson
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Rusty
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Kemper
Brian Jensen ...
Pierce
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Tarrance
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Kobritz (as Chris Nelson Morris)
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Teal's Assistant (as Catherine Lough)
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Brodney (as Ken Camroux)
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Dr. Stein
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Mr. Saunders
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The seven American lawyers hired by Australian media magnate Jack Doulan, whose company rivals Albert Teal's Digicron for preponderance on the world market of telecommunications, are suddenly struck during a video conference in Seattle by an incredibly fast-working virus which wipes out everyone on their floor. Dr. Nick Baldwin, a brilliant virologist who works as an 'insubordinate' ambulance technician after being fired for failing to observe procedure, is first on the site and points out to US Army disease specialist Dr. Samantha Carter, who told him there were deaths in several other cases but never a trace of the virus, his ambulance has taken a survivor to his hospital; her therapeutic incompetence gets the patient killed, him assigned as temporary consultant to her army research unit- even there computer model operator Darren is killed by the virus, which also strikes at other sites in and around Seattle, notably at places where Digicron's 500 TV channels setup box is being ... Written by KGF Vissers

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28 March 1999 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Ben Mezrich got the idea for the book on which the film is based from a bad episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, when the EMTs are driving the man to the hospital, the number of the ambulance is 4. Minutes later, at the hospital, the number is 012. Not much later, when one EMT says they should get some breakfast, the ambulance number is 4 again. See more »

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Albert Teal: You're saying that a computer virus is infecting people. That may be medically possible, but my software? Impossible.
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Exciting Idea, Poor Execution
25 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like so many media experiments, this amateurish effort contains seeds of a very interesting social commentary. In the 5+ years since it was released, the premise has been made less outrageous by real world events in software development, and I found it less boring than the previous commentator for that reason, I imagine... The director clearly is a fan of Hitchcock, and it's too bad that the film was not better executed, but in fact, it is nearly a parody of pulp fiction, including the soundtrack screeching at us when we are supposed to pay attention. One can almost see the exclamation points and capital letters on a yellowing page.

I have to admit I found it rather entertaining for all these reasons and more. Sometimes the slick has less to offer us, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in deconstructing it for education purposes. Oh yes--and even though the seams showed and it creaked a lot, my heart rate went up, and I was reluctant to get up and take a break.


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