films seen
7
average score
1.50*
nationality
German - 80 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Worthy but flawed

Outbreak

by Wolfgang Petersen
Specifics
1995 / 127m - USA
Genre
Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Outbreak poster

I remembered this as a rather serious take on the outbreak of a dangerous pandemic, clearly I was wrong. Petersen's film is a kitsch mix of action, deceit and just-in-time saves. It's really the battle of one asshole virologist against the American army, with the outbreak being little more than a footnote.

The US is keeping a lethal virus strain behind closed doors, hoping to weaponize it when the time is right. A monkey shipped from Africa to the US is about to mess up their plans. It carries the virus and infects the people of Cedar Creek. Within no time, the little village is a hotbed for the virus.

Hoffman is more than a little annoying, though part of that is just his character. The action scenes are too cheesy, the Hollywood bloat is considerable, and the second half is a bit of a disappointment. That said, the spread of the epidemic is well covered and COVID-19 still plaguing our planet does give this film an extra dimension. Not great, somewhat amusing.

The NeverEnding Story

by Wolfgang Petersen
Also known as
Die Unendliche Geschichte
Specifics
1984 / 102m - West Germany
Genre
Adventure, Fantasy
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The NeverEnding Story poster

Plain forgettable

Troy

by Wolfgang Petersen
Specifics
2004 / 163m - USA
Genre
Adventure
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Troy poster

In the Line of Fire

by Wolfgang Petersen
Specifics
1993 / 128m - USA
Genre
Action, Crime, Thriller
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
In the Line of Fire poster

The Boat

by Wolfgang Petersen
Also known as
Das Boot
Specifics
1981 / 149m - West Germany
Genre
Thriller, War
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Boat poster

Irritation overload

The Perfect Storm

by Wolfgang Petersen
Specifics
2000 / 130m - USA
Genre
Adventure, Thriller
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
The Perfect Storm poster

Air Force One

by Wolfgang Petersen
Specifics
1997 / 124m - USA
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
Air Force One poster