“Burst Theory” is one of the 8,000 movies that I had to watch in October and the end result is something that I can’t say I love. However, I appreciate the cleverness of the plot. Cut together like a cheaper episode of “Black Mirror”, the film wants you to feel the impending doom of a virus that no one can control. As the world seemingly falls apart, one lone scientist tries to save the day. What the film does is not ponder if such things can be achieved, but it examines the process of coming up with the save. Solid work all around and well worth finding on VOD.


  • 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Not Rated

RELEASE DATE: 10/18/16

  • 78%
    Film Score - 78%

The Plot Thus Far

At a facility near the shoreline of a remote island, a collection of researchers work diligently on testing an advanced treatment for a deadly virus that threatens to kill 50% of the Earth’s population. A shocking viral attack takes the life of a colleague, propelling the lead researcher, Phillip Gladwell, to investigate the integrity of the organization pulling the strings. Through various efforts to acquire confidential information from elusive supervisors, it becomes clear that someone on the island is playing mind games and manipulating records. Phillip spirals further into a fever dream of conspiracy that seems to worsen each move he makes. Motives are put into question and moral limits put to the test in this character-driven, psychological thriller about paranoia being the winding path to violence.

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