Try to remain calm
Try to remain calm
D: Wolfgang Petersen
Warner Bros./Punch (Arnold Kopelson, Wolfgang Petersen & Gail Katz)
US 1995
127 mins


W: Laurence Dworet & Robert Roy Pool [based on the book "The Hot Zone" by Richard Preston]
DP: Michael Ballhaus
Ed: Neil Travis, Lynzee Klingman & William Hoy
Mus: James Newton Howard

Dustin Hoffman (Col. Sam Daniels), Rene Russo (Roberta Keough), Morgan Freeman (Brig. Gen. Billy Ford), Donald Sutherland (Maj. Gen. Donald McClintock), Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Maj. Salt), Kevin Spacey (Lt. Col. Casey Schuler)

After an African monkey carrying a fatal virus stows away to America, a deadly epidemic spreads around a small town which the US government quarantine whilst medical officers work around the clock to find a cure.

Outbreak is a good example of a generally good idea gone sour when Hollywood studios throw lots of money at it. The story gets more and more ridiculous as the film progresses, not helped by a pantomime bad guy character played by Donald Sutherland.

Dustin Hoffman and the rest of the cast are generally good with underwritten characters & there's very good use of cinematography from Michael Ballhaus, but aside from this, it's all rather average and incredibly unfeasible.