Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A nerd wakes up in a giant web, only to discover that giant bugs have taken over the planet. Together with a wacky group of stereotypes, he must save the world!
Is it good movie?
I took one look at the cover of this movie and let out a long, loud sigh. It looks cheap, and I'm not often into "giant _______ terrorizes the world" movies, unless they're overly satirical and tongue-in-cheek.
Luckily for me, this is arguably the best one of these movies I've seen. It's a fun flick, even if it does look kind of terrible at times. But don't let that sway you because it seems to me that effects man Efram Potelle was working his ass off to make sure that the bugs are practical and decent. Of course, it's almost impossible for a low budget movie to ignore it altogether, but you can't win them all. On top of that, bugs are gross and watching them squish out their creamy white innards all over the screen is a hoot without a doubt.
The star of this film is Chris Marquette, who is no stranger to the horror genre (he was in Freddy vs. Jason). I've always thought this guy was a capable and likable everyman character and he gets to give it his all in this film. His Shaun-esque slacker character is played to the hilt. Ray Wise also makes a great appearance as Marquette's Dad and just chews the scenery- this is the perfect role for him. Surprisingly enough, the rest of the cast is game too, especially Brooke Nevin, who plays Sara, the love interest. In fact, the whole supporting cast is pretty good, especially E. Quincy Sloan, who rises above the typical sci-fi stuff he usually participates in to play a deaf dude.
This one is of course, not perfect. It has a great opening, but the pacing dips a bit after the initial opening scenes. As I mentioned before, the CGI stuff can be disappointing as well. But don't let that sway you, because this movie is FUN. I'd even go out on a limb to say that this one is a lot like Shaun of the Dead, but with big bugs.
Video / Audio
The flick comes in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks fine and dandy.
Audio comes in Dolby 5.1 and sounds great, with an excellent mix that balances the score well.
We get a wonderful DVD commentary with writer/director Kyle Rankin. The guy is honest, funny, refreshing and candid about his experience making this film. Great stuff.
The only other thing here is a few trailersfor this film, It's Alive, Monster, Into Temptation and Command Performance.
Although the DVD doesn't sport a lot of extras, this was a great time at the movies. It's funny, gross, well acted and walks the fine line between funny and stupid without ruining everything. Highly recommended.