THE PARADISE VIRUS is a dull epidemic-on-an-island TV movie from a director who really should know better. Brian Trenchard-Smith is a guy who made some highly entertaining B-movies back in the day (THE MAN FROM HONG KONG, TURKEY SHOOT) and he still makes the occasional schlocky masterpiece like AZTEC REX. Sadly, there's no gore, action, bloodshed, or exploitation in this play-it-safe film; thus the threat never feels real or particularly dangerous.
A female scientist and her family are vacationing in the Caribbean when the island they're staying on is hit by a rare virus which causes almost instant death in its victims. She must figure out a way to beat the threatened epidemic before the rest of the population succumbs. Sadly, what this all boils down to is some nice location photography on the Turks and Caicos Islands, and not much else.
Melody Thomas Scott is an average actress, supported here by the equally average Lorenzo Lamas, who turns out to be pretty boring outside of his action roles. THE PARADISE VIRUS throws in a handful of CGI effect scenes showing the virus spreading through the human body but it's fair to say they're pretty rubbishy looking. Elsewhere it's the usual B-movie fare, lots of people coughing and collapsing but the plot lacks the authoritative bigwig who usually acts as the film's antagonist.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?