DVD reviews

This week's new releases to try, or to dodge, here's the rundown

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Push

2/5
Dir Paul McGuigan US (PG13)

It takes brass cojones to end a film the way Paul McGuigan does Push: making a sequel of a successful film is one thing, closing on a cliffhanger and assuming sequels will follow is quite another. But little about Push makes sense. It builds a mythology involving psychics, telekinetics and seers – retitled Pushers, Movers and Watchers for the dumb among us. Chris Evans is Nick, a Mover fleeing the sinister Division who becomes entangled with Dakota Fanning’s brassy Watcher. There’s a fair amount to enjoy, notably Fanning’s performance and a manic sense of unpredictability. But silliness rules the day: plot holes abound and are plugged with techno-pounding action sequences and more nonsensical guff. As a TV pilot, this might have worked; as a film, it’s loud, confusing and inane.
Tom Huddleston
Dhs85 at Virgin Megastore


Quarantine

1/5
Dir John Erick Dowdle US (18+)

An American remake of the Spanish horror movie [Rec] that adopts the same basic recipe, but removes any hint of flavour or texture, reducing cutting-edge Catalan cuisine to bland, bite-sized McNuggets. Director John Erick Dowdle and his brother/co-writer Drew cut their teeth on The Poughkeepsie Tapes, a Blair Witch-style mock-documentary based on the ‘found’ video recordings of a serial killer. Yet their calamitous take on the real-time shaky-cam terror of [Rec] – filmed on studio sets rather than a real apartment block – feels false and flat. The hyperventilating Jennifer Carpenter, so credible in The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, is hopelessly miscast as rookie TV reporter Angela Vidal, who joins a fire-fighting team on a routine call-out, then finds herself trapped inside a quarantined building with her cameraman Scott (Steve Harris) and some very frightened residents. A distressed old lady bites one of the fire-fighters, all hell breaks loose, and suddenly the place is sealed off by troops in contamination suits. Quarantine then replaces the relentless nerve-shredding terror of [Rec] with headless-chicken hysteria.
Nigel Floyd
Dhs85 at Virgin Megastore

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