|Directed by||:||Brad Peyton||Produced by||:||Brad Peyton Beau Flynn John Rickard Hiram Garcia||Screenplay by||:||Ryan Engle Carlton Cuse Ryan J. Condal Adam Sztykiel||Based on||:||Midway Games||Cinematography||:||Jaron Presant||Country||:||United States|
Athena-1, a space station owned by gene manipulation company Energyne, is destroyed after a laboratory rat mutates and wreaks havoc. Dr. Kerry Atkins, the lone surviving crew member, is ordered by CEO Claire Wyden to retrieve research canisters containing a pathogen. Atkins is able to flee in the escape pod when the station implodes, but due to damage from the rat it disintegrates upon re-entry, killing her. The falling pieces leave a trail of debris across the United States, including the Everglades in Florida, where one of the canisters is swallowed by an American crocodile, and the other lands in a forest in Wyoming, where a gray wolf is exposed to the pathogen.
Primatologist Davis Okoye, a former US Army Special Forces soldier and member of an anti-poaching unit, works at the San Diego Wildlife Sanctuary. He has befriended a rare albino western lowland gorilla named George, having saved him from poachers, and communicates with George using sign language and hand gestures. At night, one of the canisters crash-lands in George's habitat, and George is exposed to the pathogen.