MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

In the midst of a roaring typhoon, a tugboat takes cover in the eye of the storm. In the eye, its crew finds a seemingly deserted ship which has apparently been through quite an ordeal. The ship is a Russian science vessel, and once they board it, the truth begins to become clear. These people discover that the ship has been taken over by an alien lifeform unlike anything they have ever heard of. It lurks in the electrical system, and it is slowly learning how to destroy the only threat to its existence: a virus called man. The crew find themselves fighting for their lives as this thing stalks them unrelentingly. This film is a unique idea and is well acted with Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland leading the way as members of the doomed crew. Anyone looking for a good, suspenseful movie with lots of action will agree that VIRUS fills the bill.

From beginning to end, VIRUS avoids falling into the constant use of sexual innuendoes and violent actions that often come along with action films. It includes only one mild sexual reference which is commendable. On the other hand, this movie goes much further with its violence. While not every scene is filled with violent acts, there are a number of scenes which show graphic close-ups of people that are being mutilated and taken apart. One scene in particular shows a mans brain being removed after he has been killed. Another shows the torso of a man being experimented on. These scenes are quite disturbing. Also disturbing is a steady diet of foul language, including many crudites, and over 40 obscenities and regular profanities. While the alien virus idea is unique and the film is exciting, the graphic violence becomes excessive and exploitive at times. And certainly the appalling use of frequent vile language destroys the decency of this suspensful thriller.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Universal Pictures, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (33) times - Mild 27, Moderate 6

Obscene Language: Many (30) times (f-word 9, s-word 20, other 1)

Profanity: Many (15) times - Regular 13 (G 2, JC 7, GD 3,Christ's sake); Exclamatory 2 ( Oh My God)

Violence: Many times Mild and Moderate, Sometimes Graphic (man shot, man strangled, various explosions, hole punched through man, dead bodies laying around and being mutilated, man stabbed)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Once (men talk about a woman looking good)

Drugs: Few times (alcohol)

Other: Several close-ups of bodies that are cut open

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

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