Virus 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… Virus 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… 1999-01-15 R Action/Adventure Horror Mystery and Thriller Sci-fi and Fantasy William Baldwin Jamie Lee Curtis Donald Sutherland Universal Home Video
Movie Review

Virus (1999)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Jan 15, 1999; Rated: R; Genres: Action/Adventure, Horror, Mystery and Thriller, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: William Baldwin, Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland; Distributor: Universal Home Video

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-

Originally posted Feb 05, 1999 Published in issue #470 Feb 05, 1999 Order article reprints