O Canada Blogathon – Outbreak (1995) – Encore Review

This post is part of the O Canada blogathon sponsored by Ruth of Silver Screening and Kristina of SpeakEasy. Thanks for letting me take part!

“I have a friend in the Coast Guard, all I have to do is call…” – Mrs. Pananides

“How close a friend?” – Sam Daniels

” Closer than his wife would like.” – Mrs. Pananides

Number of Times Seen – Between 5 and 10 times (Theater in 1995, video, DVD, 18 Mar 2000, 1 Dec 2013 and 8 Mar 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Army Scientists must work together with CDC scientists after a contagious disease begins to kill members of a small Californian town in order to stop it from becoming a worldwide epidemic.

My Take on it – While trying to find a film to watch and review for this blogathon, I came across the fact that Donald Sutherland is a Canadian actor and being that this film has become real popular due to the current world climate, I decided that it would be great to choose it.

This is a film that is actually quite thrilling and engaging throughout since it deals with how a virus could cause an epidemic.

It comes across quite realistic and that helps make things seem so much more genuine and plausible the whole way through.

This film sports a superstar cast that includes Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Donald Sutherland.

They also have a nice supporting role for Patrick Dempsey long before he became known as McDreamy.

Of this cast, Sutherland actually stands out among them all because of how nasty and arrogant his character is which is quite different from the kind of characters he usually plays.

This film has recently become quite popular due to the spread of the Corona Virus and even though there are lots and lots of differences between the two viruses, they still are able to show how a deadly virus can move very quickly from host to host and eventually traverse the globe if not contained quickly enough.

There are lots of differences between fact and fiction, yet they still make this film so thrilling to watch as the story unfolds.

This movie does have some pretty unbelievable aspects of things but somehow they still find a way to keep it entertaining and enjoyable throughout.

Bottom Line – Really thrilling and enjoyable film about a virus that works quite well due to the realistic feeling of it all. The cast is superb and Hoffman, Russo, Spacey, Freeman, Gooding and Sutherland are all amazing in these roles. Sutherland actually stands out here because of how devious his character actually is.  In the current world climate, this film has become even more popular even though there are lots of differences between fact and fiction. The film does give us the ability tho to see how these kind of viruses can theoretically be spread so quickly and traverse the globe. There are obviously some unbelievable aspects of this story but they still find ways to make things work despite this. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Donald Sutherland took over from Joe Don Baker because Director Wolfgang Petersen and Producer Arnold Kopelson wanted the character to have more of an “Oliver North quality” and decided Sutherland could deliver that. Sutherland was not available for filming when production began, but later joined the set, and was able to complete all of his scenes without any delays. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)


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4 thoughts on “O Canada Blogathon – Outbreak (1995) – Encore Review

  1. I’ve been thinking about this film lately, due to the recent viral outbreak, and was glad to see you chose it for the blogathon. It’s been a while since I last saw it, but I remember Donald Sutherland’s character. Like you said, he’s not often this kind of villain, which makes his performance even more of a treat.

    Thank you for joining the blogathon with a tribute to a truly entertaining movie and a superb Canadian actor. 🙂


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