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Outbreak (1995): Quarantine Cinema Day 2

Quarantine Cinema Day 2

The pandemic continues this time with Outbreak (1995) a star powered film inspired by the Ebola virus.

Outbreak (1995)

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.

Still from Outbreak (1995) of a victim in the face mask of a scientist

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.

Still from Outbreak (1995) with Dustin Hoffman and Renee Russo dressed in full PPE gear

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.

Three screen shots from the movie Outbreak. The top image is a sick guy eating a cookie, the second image is a kid poiting at the cookie, and the final image is a close up of the kid reaching for the cookie.

General Billy Ford (Morgan Freeman) and General Donald McClintock (Donald Sutherland) do not see eye to eye as they have a heated discussion about the best solution.

Still from Outbreak (1995) featuring General Billy Ford (Morgan Freeman) and General Donald McClintock (Donald Sutherland)

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!
Still from Outbreak (1995) with Dustin Hoffman wearing headphones
It passes the Bechdel test. Worth watching, sure. It had a few moments and you're self-isolating, right? RIGHT‽

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Let me know what I should add to my ever growing list either on social media or email me here. For now I'm sticking with movies -- theatrical releases, straight to DVD, or TV movies. Let's make #quarantinecinema happen.

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