Heads up. Director Wolfgang Petersen’s shockingly timely pandemic thriller Outbreak starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and Morgan Freeman will be leaving Netflix next month.
Check it out tonight if you haven’t seen it yet.
The film centers on a dangerous airborne virus that threatens civilization in this tense thriller. After an African monkey carrying a lethal virus is smuggled into the U.S., an outbreak occurs in a California town. To control the spread of the disease, a team of doctors is brought in that includes a contagious disease expert and his ex-wife. Once the Army intervenes to handle the situation, though, the doctors must fight against the clock to save the town and its residents.
The film sports a 59% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: A frustratingly uneven all-star disaster drama, Outbreak ultimately proves only mildly contagious and leaves few lasting side effects.
Outbreak was directed by Wolfgang Petersen (The NeverEnding Story, Enemy Mine) from a screenplay written by Laurence Dworet and Robert Roy Pool based on The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. Petersen produced with Gail Katz and Arnold and Anne Kopelson. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Donald Sutherland, Cuba Gooding Jr., Patrick Dempsey, and Kevin Spacey. Warner Bros. unleashed it into theaters back on March 10, 1995.