Walks on the wild side; MOVIES.
MEGA SHARK VS. GIANT OCTOPUS
The planet's cutest animals finally get their own movie in the shape of The Meerkats, a delightful documentary brought to us by the BBC's Natural History Unit.
Majestically narrated by the late Paul Newman, it follows the birth and early life of one of those big-eyed, hind-leg happy mammals as he scrapes a living in Africa's Kalahari Desert.
While the film admits during its closing credits that some scenes were reconstructed, it doesn't detract from a movie guaranteed to enchant all. Mind you, with a cast this cute, they couldn't really fail.
Our next creature feature is Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus, a monster movie baring more than a passing resemblance to a late-night flick on Five. Starring singer Debbie (now Deborah) Gibson as a marine scientist, the story revolves around a prehistoric shark and octopus who, accidentally thawed from their icy tomb off Alaska, go on a rampage through the world's oceans. A bridge is destroyed, whales are chomped and even an airplane is brought down by our Jurassic shark before a monsteron-monster face-off. Like a feud between Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole, you don't care who wins, but it's fun to watch. Alas, the preceding 80 minutes aren't. Great title, lousy film.
Rounding things off is the French drama Home, about a family whose country idyll is noisily interrupted when a dual carriageway opens beside their house.
A kind of anti-road movie, the first half is a genial rural snapshot but, when that bypass opens, the wheels come off and things take a turn for the surreal and boring.
CAR WAR: Hitting the road in Home WIDE-EYED: Meerkat magic CRUSH HOUR: Mega Shark dines out
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 7, 2009|
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