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Outbreak (1995)

Director:
Wolfgang Petersen
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller/Action/Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Outbreak
RUNNING TIME
127 minutes
Producer:
Gail Katz
Arnold Kopelson
Wolfgang Petersen
Screenwriter:
Laurence Dworet
Robert Roy Pool


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Col. Sam Daniels Dustin Hoffman
Robby Keough Rene Russo
Brig. Gen. Billy Ford Morgan Freeman
Maj. Casey Schuler Kevin Spacey
Maj. Salt Cuba Gooding Jr.
Maj. Gen. Donald McClintock Donald Sutherland
Jimbo Scott Patrick Dempsey

 

Review

Outbreak presents a semi-scientific basis which is adequate for most viewers, and spins its clever, high-octane suspense plot around this. The director is Wolfgang Petersen - a man well-acquainted with technological catastrophe thrillers. This time he works with our intellect and spine at once, presenting one of humanity's greatest fears, a new plague. What is remarkable here is how Petersen manages to merge a jam-packed, roaming screenplay into a slick and effective film. It's so manipulative that we can't help but getting sucked in. Petersen works well with his performers too - Dustin Hoffman gives one of his best performance on this side of the 1980s. He is industrious and believeable both as a scientist and as an accidental action-hero. Sure, the formulaics treathen to take control towards the end, but it always manages balance on the right side of ridicule - much like Speed - another good action film from the same era. An era with some great action films that managed to keep the pace up without becoming overly frenzied.

Copyright 8.10.2009 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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