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Feature 2.0
Video 6.0
Audio 5.0
Special Features   N/A
Total 2.0
Distributor: Reel DVD
Classification: M15+
Minutes: 85 Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black

2.0


Flu Birds

The online reviews for Flu Birds make for highly entertaining reading.  One writer notably described the film as a ‘pitiful pile of dung,’ whilst another claimed that ‘the writing and directing had me feeling sorry for the actors’ before pithily summarising the low-budget feature as ‘nonsensical.’  A third reviewer simply stated that ‘I feel sorry for anyone who wastes their time watching this.’  

It couldn’t be that bad could it?  A 2008 made-for-television film commissioned by the Sci-Fi Channel, Flu Birds (also known by the alternate title of Flu Bird Horror) centres around a flock of mutant, predatory birds who delight in picking off campers and hillbillies in the wilderness.  When a group of teens seek refuge in a rural community the creatures follow, feasting on the stragglers and spreading their deadly virus to the town’s residents. 

It becomes instantly apparent that Flu Birds is every bit as woeful as advertised.  The acting is astonishingly indifferent, the pacing lethargic, the characters moronic and the plot, as advertised, does indeed border on nonsensical.  Furthermore the camerawork is irritatingly jumpy, the editing is choppy and the digital effects look cheap.  On top of all that the screenplay could have been written by a third grader, and the ‘actors’ involved spout endless ‘Yo, dawg’ urban cliches whilst between them mustering up about as much collective appeal as a rotting badger carcass. 

I really can’t think of anything much to recommend this.  Aside from some pleasant scenery and the odd attractive pert-breasted teen in suitably cleavage-enhancing ensemble the film has little to recommend it, and in any case it’s Mother Nature, not director Leigh Scott, to whom any credit is due on these grounds.  The copy I received was a preview disc devoid of subtitles, let alone bonus features, so I can’t say whether the actual release will boast any additional content.  But who cares?  Flu Birds is a complete waste of time, devoid of all but the merest shred of schlock value and a disappointment even to those with a fondness for bad cinema.  This isn’t merely bad, it’s idiotic.  Avoid it like a mutant strain of bird flu. 






 
 



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