Thursday, June 22, 2017

Laurie Strode and President Snow Fight Some Russian Terminators From Outer Space, or Thoughts on Virus

 Virus (1999) employs a premise that Ghost Ship (2002) would assimilate (a Borg reference), except this movie had more high profile stars and was about an alien invasion on an abandoned ship, instead of, you know, ghosts.   Donald Sutherland appears as Captain Everton, who along with Jamie Lee Curtis as Kit Foster, the first mate, find a Russian research vessel in the center of a hurricane and attempt to claim it for salvage.
The mystery of course, is what happened to the original Russian crew.  Jamie Lee Curtis quickly discovers an alien virus in the ship’s mainframe that’s turned the crew into killer cyborgs, and spends the rest of the movie fighting them while making sure the virus doesn’t escape.  Which when you think about it, is business as usual for Jamie Lee Curtis.
With a slightly better exposition on maritime salvage law than Ghost Ship (2002, along with a clever twist) and appearances from Daniel Baldwin and a very young Cliff Curtis from Fear the Walking Dead with a Chakotay tattoo (let’s keep going with the Star Trek references) as Hiko, the Maori deckhand.  The movie was unfavorably compared to 1998’s Deep Rising, and currently holds an impressive 9% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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