An unknown virus has emerged, and with time running out for all of humanity, it's up to disease expert and former secret agent Colonel Jonathan Smith (Stephen Dorff) to isolate the source of the outbreak and expose the culprit responsible in an action-packed thriller penned by Bourne Identity author Robert Ludlum. Colonel Smith is not only one of the country's best-known disease experts, he was also a top agent in the highly classified Covert One agency that reports directly to the president of the United States (Academy Award-winner Anjelica Huston). Now, as a killer virus gives way to a far-reaching conspiracy which points to corruption in the highest ranks, Colonel Smith is charged with the task of tracing the origins of the super-bug to its shocking source. In the process of saving the world, he's about to find out just how far some people are willing to go to achieve ultimate power. Blair Underwood and Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Joining Tom Clancey in political suspense films, Robert Ludlum gives us a credible (albeit predictable from time to time) story pertinent to today's potential for biological terrorism. Ludlum doesn't mind killing off the hero's lover but does very little with it. While spreading clues via facial closeups, the action runs strong for almost all of its 165 minutes. Give it a PG-13 rating for some bloody violence - no language or nudity, so the NR rating comes from it being made for TV (a three-hour movie with commercials) and nothing else. I liked the film and it kept me interested with its action and plethora of interesting characters (yes - they are not much more than two-dimensional). I give it 3-1/2 stars (7/10).
This movie was a huge surprise for me, as I did not expect it to be enjoyable. The acting was right-on and the story really draws the viewer in quickly! Still predictable, it did keep you at some points questioning your assumptions of the end. Worth watching!