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There's much more than revulsion to this sideways step into genre horror from Barry Levinson

A Jaws-for-grownups horror that excels on many levels. During Fourth of July celebrations at a small seaside resort, swimmers come out in rashes. These turn into blisters that give way to agony and disgusting death. The condition spreads, hospitals are overwhelmed, and the disease-control centre is baffled. It turns out that steroid-rich excrement dumped by a chicken farm has caused a fish parasite to mutate catastrophically. Victims' gloriously repulsive experiences include at least one all-time top-10 scare when the mini-beast (literally) jumps the species gap from fish to human. Yet there's much more than revulsion to this sidetrip into genre from Rain Man veteran Barry Levinson. The found-footage contrivance is rebooted to lay bare the multimedia evidence trail that we now leave behind us. Acute observation of human behaviour is accompanied by sharp writing and »

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