Virus (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes


Virus (1999)



Critic Consensus: Despite its great special effects, this movie's predictability greatly undermines its intensity.

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When the salvage tug Sea Star is caught unprepared in a violent storm, it slowly sinks, and the crew, led by Captain Everton (Donald Sutherland), wander upon another ship for refuge. The ship, apparently deserted, turns out to be a Russian research vessel loaded with high-tech electronics. The Sea Star crew, which includes hot-head Kelly "Kit" Foster (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Steve Baker (William Baldwin), soon find that they are not alone, and they also learn the horrible fate of the original crew. The ship had taken on an energy-based alien life-form capable of constructing bodies out of human tissue as easily as electronic parts. The life-form wants to inhabit the planet earth but first must rid the world of the virus that infects it and could kill it -- man. John Bruno, special effects supervisor on Terminator 2 tries to reinvent the haunted house sub-genre in his directorial debut, much as Ridley Scott did in Alien.

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Jamie Lee Curtis
as Kit Foster
William Baldwin
as Steve Baker
Donald Sutherland
as Captain Robert Everton
Marshall Bell
as J.W. Woods Jr.
Yuri Chervotkin
as Colonel Kominski
Keith Flippen
as Captain Lonya Rovtov
Olga Rzhepetskaya-Retchin
as Female Cosmonaut
David Eggby
as Norfolk Captain
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Critic Reviews for Virus

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (16)

Virus makes another loud and colourful case for the special-effects epidemic.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

Your average winter cold follows a less predictable course.

July 6, 2010 | Rating: C-

Until the diverting special effects take center stage, this story, about an alien intelligence that builds an army out of flesh and metal, pathetically exploits genre conventions without generating self-reference, camp, or thrills.

April 25, 2007 | Full Review…

A derivative sci-fi shocker that isn't likely to spark much interest beyond its target audience of undemanding genre fans.

April 25, 2007
Top Critic

While he can fling together a competent action or special effects sequence, his handling of the plot and actors is strictly routine.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Frankly, about 20 minutes into this dud, I was rooting for the alien beasties.

April 25, 2003 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Virus

This is a good sci fi horror flick. The scares are there and so is the action.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer


an alien intelligence takes over a high tech russian boat and plots to TAKE OVER THE WORLD (hey, that NEVER happens, pesky alien scum!) stop thinking too hard and try to enjoy this adolescent thrill ride in the just-cause-i'm-a-bigtime-hotshot-actor-don't-mean-i-ain't-got-bills-to-pay spirit in which it was intended. who says fun has to be smart?

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This movie just doesn't work with an alien droid thing aboard a creepy ship. It's a dark ugly movie with a few thrills, but nothing too scary.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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