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YMMV: Outbreak
  • Better by a Different Name: To some, the 2011 movie Contagion took the same idea and did it better.
  • Critical Research Failure: In Boston, Robby asks the dying Jimbo to tell her how he might have been infected. A doctor of her (or any) caliber should know that's going to be difficult for him to do with a breathing tube down his throat.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: A real-life outbreak of the Ebola virus occurred in Zaire only a few months after the film was released.
    • And then, later on, there was bird flu
    • And for the hat-trick, the most recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa infected two Americans who were recently (at the time of this posting anyway) brought BACK to the United States. Clearly, no one who made this decision to do this had seen this movie... or any movie dealing with our favorite microscopic mass-murderers.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Averted, oddly enough. The symptoms of Motaba are basically painful flu-like symptoms followed by death, at least as far as we see. Ebola, on the other hand, is disturbingly horrifying, essentially rendering the body to a barely-living bag of blood as internal organs break down, bleed out, and essentially disintegrate until the host dies. Suffice to say, be glad they didn't show that.
    • These were supposed to be the symptoms for Motaba too, but except for some bleeding from the eyes, they spare us the Squick of seeing it.
    • The trailer. It ends with the army announcing quarantines of more US cities, from Portland to Chicago. This doesn't happen in the film, but it's still terrifying to hear...
  • One-Scene Wonder: The White House Chief of Staff (played by the uncredited J.T. Walsh) is in exactly one scene in which he gives a speech that deftly balances Reasonable Authority Figure and Realpolitik.

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