Virus (1999)

VIRUS is deadly.  About the only thing worth watching in this oth-
erwise forgettable sci-fi thriller are the gruesomely good flesh 
'n' metal contraptions that come alive aboard a seemingly abandoned 
Russian research vessel.  (Plot:  feisty tugboat crew seeks salvage 
rights after they lose their load in a typhoon.)  Director John 
Bruno's cybernetic charnel house, with its various robotic arms 
playing Lincoln Logs with body parts, is an FX accomplishment than 
any young male should appreciate.  Now whether or not they survive 
the weak script, erratic pacing, storm-tossed ships that look like 
models, and Donald Sutherland's bad-to-the-last-drop acting is 
another matter entirely.  Guys, just try not to throw vegetables at 
the screen...  With Jamie Lee Curtis and William Baldwin.  Based on 
the Dark Horse comic book.  Filmed in Wilmington and reportedly the 
most expensive movie ever made in our state!  (Rated "R"/93 min.)

Grade: D

Copyright 1999 Michael J. Legeros
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Originally posted to triangle.movies as MOVIE HELL: January 17, 1999

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