Plot:Our hero, Cooper, awakes to find himself nauseous, weak and covered in webbing, hanging from the ceiling of an office where, just minutes ago, he started his new job. As he struggles out of his slimy prison he comes face to face with his opponent - a grotesque, powerful and very angry bug. All 3 ft of it.
And so begins a hideous, nail-biting, comedic, all-action adventure to find a safe haven while constantly outwitting an infestation of monstrous proportions. As Cooper embarks on his journey, he befriends a ragtag group of survivors including Sara, a feisty attractive female. Although the situation is dire, Cooper can't help himself from trying to solve his dating problem while trying to save his life. Will they make it to safety before they are picked off one by one? And what other surprises are in store for our group of unlikely heroes?
My Thoughts:Pretty good.
Review:Everytime sci-fi channel comes up with a new killer bug flick, I meet said announcement with rolled eyes, and a groan. Even if they're now called Syfy, their killer bug movies stink all the same. Why? Well badly crafted cgi, poor character development, cliche stories about government experiments gone wrong, take your pick. "Infestation" however, while it is far from perfect, was atleast tolerable on some key elemental levels. The film follows a guy named Cooper (Jason Marquette), who is young, but is slowly becoming the selfish, corporate guy type, due to his upbringing.
But when he wakes up one day to find himself cocooned, confronted by a giant bug, and to find his entire town overrun by giant bugs, he has to find a way to survive the ordeal and stop them before it's too late. "Infestation" is an interesting new twist on the typical killer bug tale, mostly because it boasts a racially diverse cast, and it doesn't give any long, drawn out explanation about where the bugs are from. The movie just thrusts this situation upon the viewer, throws in some characters, and lets it go at it's own pace.
The bugs of course are cgi, but they're done in a way where the attack scenes work for the most part, and don't come off as really bad-looking, or laughable. The film has a throwback charm to it also, and displays some unexpected moments, such as when one of the survivors of the bug attack has to shoot one of the other survivors who won't shut up their screaming. Making it a matter of survival considering loud noises draw the bugs.
The band of survivors include Cooper, an asian girl, a fiesty brunette who Cooper ends up coming around to like eventually, a father and son team, and a shallow blonde who of course is the big whiner of the group when things get tough. The bugs are actually pretty creepy-looking, which isn't hard to do really in a horror movie. I've always said, as long as the creature fx are good, killer bug movies are the simplest sub-genre to replicate. Because the words..."giant" and "bug", are enough to atleast make the viewers flesh crawl atleast a little.
And when you make the bugs killer beetles, wasps, and worms, it works even better. There's not a lot of blood and gore in this movie, but there is a decent amount of it, and there are some really gross kills, deaths, and slimy moments where bug guts and pus and such are splashed all over people after one of them dies or gets blasted with a firearm. The film pretty much has all of the cool shit killer-bug movies should have.
And as long as you don't go into it expecting something spectacular, you should find it quite enjoyable. The movies story is a tad bit thin, but still manages to work on an atleast basic level. The band of survivors are charged with two decisions, to either escape the city, or to go to the nest and destroy the bugs for good. Either plan could get them killed, but when the band of survivors begins to thin out, as they tend to do in films like these, and Cooper's new girlfriend gets snatched by the bugs, the remaining survivors decision becomes more evident than it was before.
The bugs don't get much backstory, except their origins are believed to have ties to a big smoke cloud which originates from the nest, and when they sting you, it's only a matter of time before you become a "hybrid". A half bug half human creature, which is pretty disgusting when one of the first hybrids appear in one of the movies more violent, yet comical scenes. I do however have one big issue with this film, the ending. Now I've seen some abrupt endings, but this film takes the cake.
The ending is just way too abrupt, and ruins the flow of everything. I am sure the writer thought it would be a clever way to leave things, but when you consider what the characters had endured to get where they got at the final scene, the ending was to me, very unfair. To both the characters and the viewer. Beyond the "WTF?" ending, "Infestation" is a good time in front of the big screen tv.
Positives:Cooper soon grows on you, and becomes a likeable character. As does the brunette he pines for throughout the course of the movie. Adding a deaf character to the film was an interesting character twist. The bugs were good antagonists. The gross-out factor was very high as well.
Negatives:The ending, I mean....what the hell was that?
Overall:Three stars out of four.
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