Quarantine Cinema Day 2
The pandemic continues this time with Outbreak (1995) a star powered film inspired by the Ebola virus.
Wolfgang Petersen directs a star studded cast in this mediocre thriller. When I say star-studded, I'm not joking. Dustin Hoffman joins Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding, Jr, Donald Sutherland, and
unfortunately Keven Spacey in this fairly predictable film.
A fictional Ebola virus called Motaba is what our hero Sam Daniels (Duston Hoffman) is fighting with his ex Robby Keough (Rene Russo). They set aside their personal issues to battle the virus together. The virus is brought to the US by an infected monkey -- which is the only thing I really remembered about this movie that I probably watched on VHS from Blockbuster or late night on HBO. Ah the nineties.
Most of the movie focus on the military scientiests and their fight, with a young McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) being one of the few victims we follow. His encounter with a young boy who wants his half eaten cookie is possibly the most tense scene in the entire film.
I'll leave you with possibly the best line in the movie by Hoffman:
If you think I'm lying, drop the bomb. If you think I'm crazy, drop the bomb. But don't drop the bomb just because you're following orders!