In yet another ostensible thriller about deadly germs wreaking havoc on human life and psyches, this is a frenetic, uneven story about germs going berserk in a sealed-off lab, giving rise to infected humans more berserk than the germs. The lab is secretly developing weapons of biological warfare, and when an accident occurs that immediately seals off the building, it looks as though some of the workers have died from their exposure to the invisible killers. But, lo and behold, these apparent corpses leap up from death and, rabidly homicidal, they can hardly wait to kill off any human in their vicinity. This makes the potential victims about as vicious as their attackers in their need to escape from room to room, turning the lab into a kind of asylum for the homicidally insane. No wonder that chief cop Cal Morse (Sam Waterston) has a job and a half on his hands -- made worse because his girlfriend (Kathleen Quinlan) is in there with the loonies. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
I have not seen this film in years. I recently watched it and it's still as kick butt as I remember. This film is not Oscar good though and it's a sort of cheesy horror 80's film .. but I say better than most of the cheesy sci-fi horror of the 80's. This film looks to have been inspired by George Romero's The Crazies and in turn may have inspired Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later. A worthy rental I say.
Considering the age of this movie, and the era it was made in, the plot is a very viable scenerio. The acting is decent, and a very credible performance by Kathleen Quinlan. The story rivals Outbreak with Dustin Hoffman, and the tense dramatics add to the plot. Only thing I can fault is the make up, as this was a low budget film made about 20 some odd years ago. Great movie to watch and wonder at!