Colonel Dr. Sam Daniels has just divorced his wife Robby Keough, who works at the CDC. Out of the blue, he is assigned by his superior General Billy Ford to investigate a lethal disease in an African village with his crew formed by the scientist Casey Schuler and Major Dr. Salt. They are impressed by the disease and Colonel Daniels reports to General Ford his findings afraid of contamination in the USA. However General Ford tells that the disease kills so fast that would never reach their country. However, an African smuggled monkey carrier of the disease is brought to USA and the customs employee Jimbo Scott unsuccessfully tries to sell the animal. He releases the monkey in the woods and spreads the disease in the beginning of an outbreak in a small town in California. Now Colonel Daniels, his ex-wife and their teams must fight the invisible enemy while Colonel Daniels discovers dark secrets from his superior General Donald McClintock.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When Sam and Salt shoot the monkey with a tranquilizer gun, the monkey walks slowly back into the woods and lies down. This scene was filmed in cuts. We first see Salt aim and fire the gun. We never actually see the monkey get shot. Then we see the monkey walk slowly into the woods. For this scene, the trainer had tied a dart with a soft cord around the monkey's waist, placed the monkey on her mark and then cued her to stop and lie down. For the close-up shot, the trainer placed the monkey on the ground and cued her to stay. In order to get different camera angles and more takes, an animatronic monkey was used. The animatronic monkey was also used when Sam and Salt picked her up and put him in the helicopter. See more »
There are no (naturally occurring) Capuchin monkeys in Africa. See more »
Written by Jim Kee
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An under-rated action-packed thriller from start to finish!
I loved this movie when it first came out and found it just as enjoyable upon a recent re-watching. Afterwards, I noticed that it carried the same IMDB rating of 6.6 as a more recent disease-disaster movie, "Contagion", which I find perplexing.
While "Outbreak" was fast-paced and carried an engaging plot with an exciting climax, "Contagion" played out like a BBC documentary, with no real plot, no character development, and no climactic finish. Both movies had great casts, but I felt that they were largely wasted in "Contagion" since the characters were incidental to the virus and you never become invested in anyone's welfare. Neither is wholly realistic, but at least one is entertaining.
I challenge fans of the genre to watch both movies and vote to correct what seems to be a great injustice to "Outbreak", which is clearly a more entertaining movie.
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