Once again, a film in which the government is up to no good...
At Biotek, a monolithic facility in Utah, biological warfare experts
cook up a weapon designed to turn its victims into raging, homicidal
psychos. The movie barely begins before the unthinking scientists
(accidentally) spread their disease inside their own lab and fall prey
to their own invention. Local sheriff Cal Morse (Sam Waterston) not
only has to deal with the furor developing outside the building, but
has to worry about his security guard wife Joanie (Kathleen Quinlan)
who is trapped inside with everybody else.
While not really that slick, or exciting, it actually is pretty
enjoyable. Debuting director Hal Barwood, who wrote "Warning Sign" with
his former writing partner of 15 years, Matthew Robbins (their other
credits include Spielberg's "The Sugarland Express" and "Close
Encounters of the Third Kind", as well as 1978's "Corvette Summer" and
1981's "Dragonslayer") directs competently if not stylishly.
It's more of a journeyman effort, but it pays off fairly well due to a
reasonably engrossing, subtle, and disquieting story and a superior
cast (as a matter of fact, I think this little film is well cast right
down the line). I really liked some of these characters, especially
Jeffrey DeMunn's, and they are nicely brought to life. Co-star G.W.
Bailey is kind of a revelation here; those familiar with his sneering,
slimy comedy villain from the "Police Academy" series should note that
he does good dramatic work here.
Craig Safan's electronic music is pretty effective, and the film is
designed and photographed by two veteran talents: Henry Bumstead (who
was in his 90's and *still* working at the time of his death last
month) and Dean Cundey. The result is a film that is interesting to
look at, and of, course, picture quality is better than ever now that
it's on DVD.
A decent little picture that provides some good entertainment, even if
the dramatic payoff isn't that strong. This picture probably isn't that
well known - not many here at IMDb have reviewed it - but it's worth a
look if you are curious.
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Make it more of a horror movie and I would have loved it.
This movie has a facility that manufactures chemical agents and such in
it. Well there is a problem at said facility and there is the movie.
Well not quite, seems a deadly virus or something to that effect has
been accidentally released. The lady working security and such locks
the place down which is what she is supposed to do under the
circumstances. Well people inside the place want out insisting they are
fine and the family members on the out want in worried about their
loved ones. Then the movie takes a twist and those infected become
increasingly violent adding to the horror aspect of the film. If this
movie had a bit more of the violent killer psychopaths I admit I would
have enjoyed it more, still it made for an entertaining thriller. You
keep hoping they will find a way to get rid of this infection, that
they will be able to keep the relatives from totally going nuts and
breaking in, and you hope those trapped inside stay inside because if
not the world will become exposed. Interesting movie that would have
been more of a film I liked had they moved a little faster to infection
starting to really make the people go crazy..