Outbreak: a Must Watch Movie Review

TayLee Sanders, Reporter/Writer

The single biggest threat to man’s continued dominance on the planet is the virus, a virus similar to Ebola & Lassa was discovered in Africa in 1969. It resurfaces 25 years later and Col. Sam Daniels of the U.S. Army is sent in to investigate it. When he returns he warns his boss, Brigadier-Gen. Ford, of the lethal nature of the virus and wants to put out an alert. Ford, who had been one of the men who first dealt with the virus, insists the virus is contained and unlikely to show up in the U.S. What neither man knows is that the host, a monkey, has been brought into the U.S. by a freighter. 

Through an -under the table- bribe, a young man gets the monkey out of the animal testing lab it was bound in. Soon, the man is infected and Col. Daniels’ ex-wife, Dr. Keough, now with the CDC, is called into Boston when the young man is brought to a hospital in critical condition. Dr. Keough discovers that the man has died from the virus, and at the same time on the other side of the country, a new outbreak is starting in a little California town. A quarantine is set up to stop the virus from spreading, while Ford’s boss, the sinister Major-Gen. McClintock has his own agenda in mind  to harness this lethal bug for use as a bioweapon. 

With the President about to order a fuel-air bomb to be dropped on the little town to stop the outbreak, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) looks into it, and they discover it’s the African disease. But since it kills very quickly, Col. Daniels feels that it’s been contained until another outbreak.

I noticed that like COVID-19 (Coronavirus), people started dropping from the virus. People started freaking out and asking questions that the government didn’t know how to answer. Like the Coronavirus, the movie Outbreak’s virus originated in one country and spread from a carrier. In Outbreak the carrier is a monkey; the 2020 Cornavirus’s carrier was from the traders in China. The virus in the movie Outbreak is airborne, also like the Coronavirus is airborne. 

As far as we know, the Coronavirus is mainly killing older people with heart, lung and respiratory problems. The Outbreak virus is much scarier, killing everyone who comes in contact.