Believe it or not, the internalized bioterror story has been made before, and like Oktober it didn't make much of an impact (it was called Contaminated Man and went straight to cable as far as I remember). Why doesn't this story work? Because in a movie, when you can't see the danger, it doesn't exist. The deadliness of the killer enzyme just isn't that credible as a threat. (Contrast with Outbreak, which at least had wheezing, sore-covered cadavers popping up all over the place. Enzyme boy doesn't even know he's the carrier monkey.)
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A seven-hour epic miniseries now released on DVD (and that's with the commercials cut out), The 10th Kingdom is a hit-and-miss affair. Through a pure contrivance, we find our heroes, the lovely Kimberly Williams and John Larroquette, playing her father, whisked into "the nine kingdoms," an amalgam of fairy tales all rolled up into one crazy place. They are simply trying to escape back to New York -- but if they save the kingdom along the way, all the better.
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The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.