Outbreak

Outbreak ★★★

Hadn't seen this since the VHS days and it felt on the whole appropriate to bust out now. Didn't realize Wolfgang Petersen directed it back then but in retrospect his steady and tightly wound approach to pacing adds a lot to what could have been a pretty disposable disaster thriller. The highly implausible plot is easy to overlook when at any given moment some of the better actors of their era are onscreen, with Kevin Spacey and Donald Sutherland supporting the leads nicely. Don't expect much and you'll have about as much fun as the cast probably did making it, and certainly more than you might expect watching a horrifying plague poised to wipe out all life on the planet.