Dustin Hoffman and Morgan Freeman star in this present-day story about Army medical researchers racing against the clock to stem the outbreak of a fast-spreading deadly virus that infiltrates a town in a matter of hours. Army virologist Sam Daniels strives to thwart a global biological meltdown that has infested a California community. He must also battle those who say the only way to stop the disease is to firebomb the town.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌ¥OutbreakÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ begins with a good backstory that sets the stage for the rest of the film and does a nice job of showing how a virus can easily travel globally. From there the film settles into some character development before jumping back to the plot. Throughout the film we are reminded that time is critical which does a lot to build suspense in the film. With mild action used to accentuate the plot, the story moves along at a good pace with a nice climax and a fitting ending sure to please most.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Acting was good from everyone involved. Hoffman, Russo, and Freeman all delivered well as would be expected given their experience and the fact all were cast in roles that fit them pretty well. Spacey was a nice addition and delivered a very good performance, as did Gooding Jr. who almost felt miscast at first. Sutherland was in type and played a great antagonist.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all very good and the use of natural scenery and backgrounds added to the global feel of the film. Effects were mild but nicely done. Dialogue included good depth and breadth throughout the film. Sound was good and the soundtrack was typical feature film fodder.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Overall ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌ¥OutbreakÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ is a very good thriller with good technical quality from every aspect. Well worth viewing by fans of the genre or of the main cast. With mild foul language ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌ¥OutbreakÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ should be fine for older teens and above.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Dave Riedel, The Examiner
About the Director
Wolfgang Petersen was born on March 14, 1941, in Emden, Germany. He is a director and producer, known for ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«TroyÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ (2004), ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Das BootÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ (1981) and ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«The NeverEnding StoryÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ (1984). He has been married to Maria-Antoinette Borgel since 1978. Petersen, who is fluent in English and German, broke into the entertainment industry in 1960 with the Hamburg Ernest Deutsch Theater as an assistant director. He attended the Film and Television Academy in Berlin (DFFB) from 1966 to 1970 and directed one Oscar-nominated performance: John Malkovich in ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«In the Line of FireÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ (1993).
- Actors: Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo, Dustin Hoffman, Cuba Gooding Jr.
- Director: Wolfgang Petersen
- Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Subtitles: Spanish, French, English
- Dubbed: French