Flying Virus

Starring: Gabrielle Anwar, Rutger Hauer & Craig Sheffer
Mosaic Entertainment
Certificate: 15
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Journalist Ann Baurer stumbles on a top secret conspiracy involving biological weapons. These weapons are virus carriers - aggressive, virtually unstoppable and numbering in their thousands - African killer bees. An unscrupulous doctor is smuggling live specimens back to America on a passenger plane. But they escape from their housing and run amok onboard threatening to bring the plane down and spread the virus over a populated area...

Flying Virus is one of those movies that with a little extra effort could have been half decent. You know your in for a rough ride when the first 10 minutes sees some African natives take on Uncle Sam. There are explosions and A-Team stunts aplenty. Oh, and watch out for the magic grenades. Two different grenades manage to kill the same native twice! Or could it be that the same stunt footage was used in two different segments?

Once we get into the proper action we are handed the unbelievable Gabrielle Anwar and Craig Sheffer. Sadly there characters are so annoying that I couldn't care less what happened to them, as long as it was slow and painful. The only decent actors are Rutger Hauer, but he isn't in it enough to keep you watching, and the unknown actress who plays the air steward - watch out for her one brief, but funny scene.

The cinematographer should win an award for doing an excellent job, but the rest of the production is a bit to lumpy and so is the plot - how exactly do the bees manage to survive in an air tight crate?

It doesn't take a genius to work out who is behind the whole problem - it really is so heavily flagged up from the start for the thickies out there.

And you'll laugh hysterically at the end punch line when the hero (Mr Baurer) is called Mr B! HA! HA! HA! Get it?

Pete Boomer


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