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->''"Who are you?"''\\
''I AM AWARE''\\
''"We mean you no harm."''\\
''"What species?"''\\

''Virus'' is a 1999 science fiction-horror film directed by visual effects artist John Bruno and starring Creator/JamieLeeCurtis, Creator/WilliamBaldwin and Creator/DonaldSutherland. The film is based on a Dark Horse comic book of the same name by Chuck Pfarrer.

The film revolves around the crew of a tugboat, the Sea Star. After barely entering the eye of a hurricane, they see another ship on the radar -- the ''Academik Vladislav Volkov'', a Russian missile and satellite tracking ship. With their boat taking on water faster than they can pump it out, the crew boards the ''Volkov'', where they find that the electronics have been powered down and the crew has abandoned ship. Once they power up the ship, [[SealedEvilInACan bad things happen]].
!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Nadya definitely has her moments. There's also the fact that she had survived for a whole week in the ship fighting against the machines.
* ArtificialZombie: The virus creates several of these, from Alexi, [[spoiler:Squeaky, Woods, and Everton]].
* TheAssimilator: Even though the alien claims mankind is the virus, there's a reason we call them that.
%%* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Everton]].
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: Sapient Alien Computer Virus.
* AxCrazy:
** [[spoiler:Richie]].
** The virus would also qualify. Hell, it breaks through a door in a fairly similar manner as [[Film/TheShining Jack Nicholson]].
* BetterThanNew:
-->''"[[spoiler:Squeaky]]? What's wrong with you?"''\\
''"Nothing, now."''
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Averted. [[spoiler:Richie dies last.]]
* BodyHorror: Of the ArtificialZombie and/or UnnecessarilyCreepyRobot varieties.
* CannibalLarder: The alien awareness keeps spare parts in the fuel system.
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: When confronted by the newly robotized [[spoiler:Everton]], Foster attacks him with a chair. It doesn't help since he is now impervious to pain.
* ChekhovsGun: The thermite grenades Nadya has on her when she's found are later used to destroy [[spoiler:robo-Everton]].
* ChestBurster: The first cyborg found by the crew. The "dead" robots chest opens up and extrudes a smaller, scorpion-like one.
* ComputerVirus: Actually an electricity-based EnergyBeing inhabiting the research vessel. It behaves a lot like a self-aware computer virus, though, [[ContagiousAI attempting to upload itself to the internet]] and TakeOverTheWorld.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: At one point, Foster is swimming in the ship's fuel. She couldn't possibly get enough oxygen to not suffocate.
* DirtyCoward: Woods abandons Hiko during the scene of the tug sinking.
* DrivenToSuicide: Captain Everton contemplates suicide just before finding the Russian ship
* DwindlingParty
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:Richie]] regains his sanity as he's dying, [[spoiler:telling his friends about the escape plan he concocted]].
* EpicHail: A nearby ship responding to the previous mayday asks for a flare so that they can find them in the storm. Moments later [[spoiler:the ''Volkov'' explodes after Steve and Foster escape in the rocketsled and set off Ritchie's boobytrap. The fireball is seen by the other ship from miles away through the storm.]]
* EvilSmellsBad: The cyborgs are said to smell "like dog shit". Considering that they use [[HumanResources body parts or tissue from corpses in their structure]]...
* EvilSoundsDeep: The virus has a very deep MachineMonotone.
* {{Expy}}: The film depicts an alien intelligence that views organic life as little more than spare parts, and immediately upon getting the opportunity, it augments bodies with cybernetics to create an army of rotting cyborgs operating under its collective HiveMind. Not only that, it decides to create a colossal, quadrapedal machine to serve as the LoadBearingBoss of it all. [[VideoGame/QuakeII Sound familiar?]]
* FaceRevealingTurn: [[spoiler:Cyborg Squeaky]].
* GiantSpider: The climactic machine.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler:Richie]] freaks out after hearing from the virus exactly what it wants.
* HellIsThatNoise: The piggish, electronic screech the cyborgs make.
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:Nadya]] sacrifices her life by trying to blow up the remaining robot.
** Averted when [[spoiler:Foster forbids Steve from doing it, and ensures that they both leave with the rocket chair]].
* HumansAreBastards: The alien's motivation for destroying humanity. It describes humanity as "destructive, invasive, noxious, harmful to the body of [[HiveMind the whole]]". To the alien entity, we are a virus.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** In a conversation early in the movie, Squeaky tells Steve that he "would have decked that son of a bitch", referring to Everton after he pulled a gun on Steve earlier. No more than a minute later, the two criticize Foster for being tossed out of the navy for striking a superior officer. Neither of them acknowledge this, though the novel adaptation has Steve realizing the hypocrisy of the criticism.
** The machine saying that man is a virus is also slightly hypocritical, considering what the antagonist is.
* HumansAreCthulhu: The alien HiveMind considers the unnetworked primitive creatures who run entirely on wetware and enslave non-sentient machines to be both disgusting and incomprehensibly strange. After subduing the abominations it found itself surrounded by upon arrival, its "body" (the ship) has once again been invaded by more of the creatures, which are all trying to kill it. Hence, it sees [[KillAllHumans its actions]] as an attempt to save the universe from an [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal]] plague of intelligent {{Puppeteer Parasite}}s.
* HumanResources: The virus rejiggers the machine shops into cyborg factories.
* IncrediblyObviousBomb: One has a beeping timer with red numbers, the other is a huge pile of explosive materials strapped together with [=RPGs=] and primed with grenades that have their pins tied to a long ripcord. It sits out in the middle of the room like a sore thumb, but Goliath didn't seem to notice it until it was too late. Granted, it was a bit distracted at the time by the [[spoiler:humans and their rocket-driven homebrew ejector seat.]]
* KillAllHumans: What the alien plans to do on Earth.
* LargeHam: Hiko, you are a civilized person. Stop carrying around a Maori war club, and even if you must have it, stop screaming and trying to chop up cyborgs with it.
* LastRequest: "Steve... [[PrecisionFStrike kill that fucking thing]]."
* NailEm: Woods gets shot in the clavicle by a nailgun-wielding gatherer. He spends the next 10 or so minutes whining about it.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Vladislav Nikolayevich Volkov, after whom the Russian ship is named after, was a Soviet cosmonaut who flew on the Soyuz 7 and Soyuz 11 missions.
* NoNameGiven: The virus is never given a name. The only time it ever referenced itself, it used the term "the whole", and given the context, it may have been referring to the planet, not itself. The only other time anyone actually spoke directly about it was when Nadya recounted what happened aboard the ship. During her story, she used only the terms "something" and "it". Interestingly, in the novelization, the virus is referred to as "the Intelligence."
* NightmareFace: "Alexi" (the first cyborg the crew encounters) has four metal limbs pop out of its mouth, which leaves a bloody skull with a cluster of SpiderLimbs flailing around it.
* NotQuiteDead: The crew manages to kill one of the cyborgs, and drags it to the bridge to look at. Cue crew learning that [[RasputinianDeath cyborgs are hard to kill]].
* OhCrap:
** Pretty much everyone's initial reaction to seeing the climactic machine.
** Steve's reaction when his plunging an ax into the chest of a machine does nothing.
** Even the climactic machine had such a moment just before the boat exploded.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[spoiler:Everton]] tries to sell out the others -- and the whole human race by extension -- to the virus in order to save his own hide. The virus responds by converting him. In the novelization, at least, this was not voluntary. Averted in the film since it's implied that he retained his full faculties.
* RuleOfScary: Why the virus's feels complelled to incorporate biological components into its craft projects work is never fully explained, aside from that it makes them quite a bit more disturbing than "normal" robots.
* RunOrDie: Definitely how the bigger machines are treated.
* SceneryGorn: 42 labs and 5 machine shops worth.
* SelfConstructedBeing: The monster builds itself a body out of machine and [[HumanResources human parts]].
* SentientCosmicForce: The alien exists as electrical energy that gets sent down to the ship and then can't escape after the dishes are disabled.
* TakingYouWithMe: Partially averted by Richie's plan. The nice man planned on taking the ''others'' with the virus, not himself. But to be fair, he'd [[AxCrazy lost it]] by then.
* TechnoBabble: Richie asks the virus what it wants with them. The virus responds with a lengthy and highly specific list of organic parts humans possess. When the meaning is lost on the crew, Richie simplifies it.
-->''"[[BodyHorror Spare parts]]. [[GoMadFromTheRevelation It wants us for spare parts]]."''
* TechnologyPorn: ...42 labs and 5 machine shops worth.
* TinmanTypist: The Avatar Cyborg in Machine Shop 14 is seen typing on a computer.
* TitleDrop: "YOU ARE VIRUS".
* TooDumbToLive: Don't take a job on a boat sailing through international waters if you can't swim.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: All the people killed and/or captured by the machines has this happening to them. Except for [[spoiler:Everton]]. Interestingly, in the novel adaptation, [[spoiler:he was not willing. He entered the machine shop just as he did in the movie and the whole scene plays out the same, but it's extended a few moments. After the scene in the movie plays out, Everton slowly realizes what the virus wants to do with him. He realizes that 'he had made a mistake', the door of the machine shop closes gently, and he starts to scream.]]
* TheVirus: It's made from electricity, and it's from space.