Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Hive (2008)

Director: Peter Manus

Writer: T.S. Cook

Composers: Charles Olins, Mark Ryder

Starring: Tom Wopat, Kal Weber, Elizabeth Healey, Jessica Reavis, Mark Ramsey, Pisek Intrakanchit, Kittphit Tamrongweenijchai, Elizabeth Bodner, Chalad Na Songkhla, Sujinthara Phumjan, Dorrie Salmon, Matthew Boylan

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Death is their picnic

Plot: When ants, displaying never-before-seen behavior, seize an island, the controversial Thorax Team is called to stop the massive threat only to discover that the ants are controlled by something beyond this world.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Some things I learned watching THE HIVE...  Tom Wopat is still acting (good for him).  The film makers are fond of the special effects in THE ABYSS ().  Millions of ants can run as fast as the plot calls for.   A mixing board can be used to stand in for hi-tech equipment.  Ants are such a widespread problem in the world that there's a company out there with badass mother fucker employees to combat it, complete with laser guns and whatnot.  You can call a movie anything you want because dumbfucks out there will buy anything.  It should be called THE COLONY (you know, ants) and not something associated with, you know, bees.

OK, it's what you'd expect for a Sci-Fi Channel movie but it's not all that bad, either.  The location shooting in Thailand is a major plus. The acting is OK.  Wopat was working overtime to sell it hard and he was fun.  The worst acting by far was from Kittphit Tamrongweenijchai as Minister Zhing.  WOW does he stand out and that's saying something for this picture.  I wonder how long it takes him to sign his paychecks.  Hey, I'm jealous.  At least he got a check for this.  I didn't get squat and I still haven't been in a movie.  The lovey-dovey stuff between Len (Weber) and Claire (Healey) is really fucking dull and slow.  There's a good deal of unnecessary exposition between these two that drags a lot.  But hey, let's look at some positive.  The special effects, all things considering, are really fucking good.  Allow me to repeat that.  The special effects, all things considering, are really fucking good.  The story is also pretty good.  If it weren't for the slow spots and the occasional laughably bad acting, this would be a pretty good flick.  If this had a bigger budget and better film makers it could be something that would play in theaters much like STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997).  It's not a bad low budget B-movie and I'll go on record as recommending long as you lower your expectations.  I don't want to be THAT responsible.

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