Outbreak

Outbreak

DVD - 1997
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Dustin Hoffman plays Sam Daniels, a take-charge army virologist trying to stave off global biological meltdown. A rare killer virus from the jungles of Zaire has taken hold in a California community. Its mortality rate is 100%. Some, in authority, say the only way to stop its spread is to firebomb the town and everyone in it.

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🦠 This is a terrific medical action thriller tautly directed by Petersen. The script is suspenseful and emphasizes some advanced hardware. Army generals try to contain a virus outbreak in Cedar Creek, California, while stopping Dustin Hoffman from figuring out certain secret stuff involving the virus. Good sequence showing how the disease is spread, and scary shots of martial law in action. If you're not having nightmares already, this will bring them on.

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StoicBookaholic
Sep 26, 2020

.....” You see, he believes that the gods were awoken from their sleep by the men cutting down the trees where no man should be. And the gods got angry. This is a punishment.“

Shaman was right.....We get punished when we disturb nature’s balance.....period.....

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2020

1. Highly dramatization of Richard Preston's nonfiction 1994 book "The Hot Zone" about the origins and incidents involving ebola-viruses and marburg-viruses.
2. The host for the current Covid-19 is still unknown and remains an urgent future outbreak threat. But scientists have sequenced the viral genome and been working to find potential antiviral targets, i.e. identify viral proteins, or parts of proteins, that can be disabled.
3. Another film of interest is the 2011 "Contagion" that a virus hosts are bats, its reservoir are pigs and the spreaders are human, as a woman Beth from Minneapolis. (One bat finds shelter in a pig farm and drops a piece of banana, which is eaten by a pig. The pig is slaughtered and prepared by a chef in a Macau casino, who transmits the virus to Beth in a handshake.)
4. From the 2012 book "Spillover - Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic" by David Quammen:
... the 1918 – 1919 flu killed about 50 million people; and there’s still no magical defense, no universal vaccine, no foolproof and widely available treatment, to guarantee that such death and misery don’t occur again. Even during an average year, seasonal flu causes at least 3 million cases and more than 250,000 fatalities worldwide. So influenza is hugely dangerous, at best. At worst, it would be apocalyptic.

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Mickeymouse2020
Mar 30, 2020

Watching this film gave me only one question, "How long did people know about the virus before the public did?" Like the virus we are facing today we weren't prepared for and it makes me wonder how long did certain officials know about it before the rest of us did? I did learn from research that the virus we are in now started in China and not sure if they knew who the host was because every virus starts with a host and in theory if you found the host then there is a possible way you can examine them and possibly find the cure but that is again still in theory. This film raises a lot of questions about certain viruses and how to stop them, which is still being done even now there are many viruses out there including this recent one that we have not found cures for .

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BBRUTTIG
Mar 04, 2020

1995. A GOOD mystery, action, fun thriller movie with a great cast tracking a killer virus spreading across the USA and the efforts of scientists to contain it.. kind of like the 2020 Coronavirus infection.

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Bkrayer12thman
May 13, 2015

Is this based on the Robin Cook book?(Haven't read it)

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

Starts off reasonably entertaining. Hoffman is fun to watch, the plot is engaging, and the dialogue is pretty snappy. Unfortunately, in the final act, the film is swallowed in a load of silly, left-wing propaganda that destroys any and all believability and entertainment value.

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2020

30 quotes posted in IMDb ... thanks to its contributors. This exchange below is left out, one that inspired some young viewers to go to John Hopkins University to study medicine:

West Point, Johns Hopkins. How many hours did you log in helicopter school?
- 85.
Married?
- Yes, sir.
Good luck. You've never been in the field?
- No, sir. But I'm fully trained and highly motivated.
I'm talking about landing in a hot zone. It's unique. Have you seen the effects of hemorrhagic fever?
- No, sir. Allow me.
Major. Yes.
- At first the patient has flu-like symptoms. In 2 or 3 days pink lesions appear on his body, along with pustules... which erupt with the blood and pus. A milky substance begins to... These lesions become full-blown. They feel like mush. There's vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding in the nose, ears, gums. The internal organs shut down. They liquify.
Very good. We've read that in a book too, but... in 16 hours you'll see it. In the flesh, so to speak.

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