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Outbreak

(DVD - 2009)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Outbreak
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A take-charge army virologist tryies to stave off global biological meltdown. A rare killer virus from the jungles of Zaire has taken hold in a California community. Its mortality rate is 100%. And some say the only way to stop its spread is to firebomb the town and everyone in it.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2009]
ISBN: 141988560X
9781419885600
Branch Call Number: DVD Action OUTBREAK
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Petersen, Wolfgang
Dworet, Laurence Author of screenplay
Pool, Robert Roy Author of screenplay
Kopelson, Arnold Producer
Katz, Gail Producer
Hoffman, Dustin 1937-, Actor
Russo, Rene Actor
Freeman, Morgan Actor
Gooding, Cuba 1968-, Actor
Dempsey, Patrick 1966-, Actor
Sutherland, Donald 1935-, Actor
Spacey, Kevin Actor
Warner Bros. Pictures (1969- )
Warner Home Video (Firm)

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If the reality is too much, pop this thriller in the DVD player and sit back and watch Dustin Hoffman stare down an Ebola outbreak in California.


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Morgan Freeman plays in this movie too, as he does in "Deep Impact." Because the two movies are connected. Asteroid hitting or plague hitting are similar dangers and drastic measures must be taken. I heard on talk radio a prominent doctor of Vancouver say that in case of a plague in a big city, the city is closed off the world, to isolate the danger. This movie is about this scenario. Now, to calm the viewers this movie has a "happy ending," but this might in reality not be the case. So, just connect the two movies and do some thinking. Cities are traps when a plague hits. Nobody going out, no food coming in, curfew, panic, vandalism, etc. The countryside is a safer place, this is the message of this movie. You can't be sure a vaccine will be created quickly or there will be enough of it for everybody. As Freeman says in the Deep Impact movie: "Life goes on, but not for everybody." I learned recently from a local newspaper that ebola outbreaks happened regularly in Africa since 1976 and yet no vaccine exists against it up to date. Same with aids. As for the Spanish flu, my father got it in 1918 when he was 20 yrs old; his two hospital room companions died of it, but he survived, after drinking 2,5 litres of strong Tokaj dessert wine a wine-making friend gave him. He slept 2 days and when he awoke, his companions were dead and he alive. The Tokaj wine of Hungary is produced using certain raisins with "noble mold" on them. Is this the Penicillin effect or is it just alcohol? Maybe whiskey can also protect you against some viruses, so stock it up if you like. Or go live in the prairies. If the population of the Earth grows as it does now exponentially (because of selfish individualistic predatory behavior), it's just a matter of little time that all kind of crises fall upon us. City life cannot be continued forever with the present selfish way of life - it's a law of Nature that catastrophies should put an end to it. Human genetics should be changed to create a selfless new type of group man. As selfish as the present crowd is, this seems to be a long and difficult proposition; probably a plague will fall upon us and solve this problem. Selfish human nature has become a danger for our very survival, and the crowd just won't realize it. Nations multiply freely and families multiply freely and are opposed to each other, but the Earth is not growing, as the "economic growth" announced on radio daily. The blow-up of all this will probably be a plague.

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