Your average winter cold follows a less predictable course than the big-budget, small-payoff sci-fi thriller Virus, in which a menacing otherworldly life force (lifted from Alien) takes up residence on a derelict Russian ship (hinting at Titanic) and hunts down the humans who board to investigate (the aliens think people are the virus). One’s a mad captain (Donald Sutherland, channeling Jaws’ Robert Shaw), one’s a physically fit admiral’s daughter (Jamie Lee Curtis, denied a personality), one’s a Baldwin brother (William, ditto), and there’s nothing this team screams that hasn’t been screamed before. Still, as we’ve-got-to-get-off-this-ship actioners go, this one has its moments; first-time feature director John Bruno handled special effects on many slicker projects (like True Lies) to get here, and he emphasizes the aliens’ deceptively sprightly gizmo construction, masking evil as random as a sudden sore throat. C-
Genre: Horror, Action/Adventure, Mystery and Thriller, Sci-fi and Fantasy; Starring: William Baldwin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland; Author: Dennis Feldman, Chuck Pfarrer; Release Date Wide: 01/15/1999; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Universal Home Video
Posted February 5 1999 — 12:00 AM EST
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