A made for TV movie from the Sci-Fi/Sy-Fy Channel about a swarm of genetically alerted wasps. Shockingly enough, this movie isn't as bad as most of these films are.
Welcome to the first posted review on a killer creature film. The film examined about a swarm of killer bees/wasps.
No, this is not The Swarm, but this movie has the basic idea behind it. Swarmed is about what you would expect from the title. Scientists genetically altered wasps, making them more vicious and their stings more deadly. Basic killer wasp/bee movie stuff, so don’t expect much for this film. Also, this film happens to be a Sci-Fi Channel production! How wonderful and now with that in mind, let’s take a look!
We begin in a laboratory with some scientific experiments on some yellow-jackets. From what they are showing, I am guessing the lab is doing thing that will undoubtedly end in many tragedies. During the middle of the night, the janitor accidently opens up one of the containers that holds the wasps and it ends up being his doom. Some people are just not qualified to do custodial work surprisingly.
The next day, we find ourselves in Dundas, Indiana for their first National BBQ Burger Cook-Off! Wasp fodder ahoy! After a stupid in movie commercial for barbecue sauce, we return back instantly to the lab, where the police have arrived after the janitor’s body has been found. Kent Horvath, the main scientist in charge of these wasp experiments, explains that they were trying to create a pesticide to kill wasps easier. Since the pesticide in question actually made the wasps more aggressive and deadly, I have to say he failed big time.
Now the wasp that killed the janitor actually hides itself inside of the mouth of the dead guy and escapes the lab that way! Damn that is one smart bug! Also, apparently the venom is getting more deadly because two good stings kill the coroner when he examines the body. Great, now who will examine that body?
After that delightful scene, we see girl and her father, start grilling some food outside when the smoke from the grill gets some wasps very angry. Strange, I thought smoke hurts or at least does something to wasps that would prevent them from getting aggressive and attacking. Either I am wrong or this movie is wrong and it is very hard to tell. So they call Q and Rafe, bug exterminators to take care of the problem.
Since his business is out of bug killer (Seems weird to run out of that stuff when he clearly needs it), Q goes to the lab where Kent works to pick up some pesticide. His friend allows him to take some, but tells him not to take the red bottle, which is the bottle that has the pesticide that makes killer wasps. Of course, when he goes into the room, he decides to take the red bottle anyways. Some people just don’t listen.
So Q shows up at the Orsow resident and sprays those wasps & their nest. Guess what happens now? They die… ok, kind of a letdown… Meanwhile, Kent makes a discovery from examining one of the dead wasps in his lab that the venom in them has multiplied by 7.4! Whoa, that’s pretty powerful. We get to see that in action a few moments later when Q tries to destroy the hive at his workstation and the wasps suddenly spring to life. They attack him, but he luckily survives when he dives into his van and takes an anti-venom injection.
So the swarm goes on a rampage, stinging any poor sap that happens to be barbecuing. I guess these things just hate people who barbeque. Since they seem to have an vendetta against those types of people and there is a big BBQ event going on in town, you can sense where this heading! Kent then gets some help from another scientist named Cristina Brown in dealing with the wasps. They figure out what Q did and talk to him. He tells them about what happen and figures that the swarm is heading for town so everyone heads there to take them out.
Officer Heydon, the officer in charge of the wasp murders, tries to warn the Chief of Police of the upcoming problem with the insects, but he doesn’t listen and doesn’t believe they will be a threat. Then they show up with convenient timing and kill him. Meanwhile, Cristina and Kent try to warn the mayor, but he ends up before they even get there.
They then try to talk to the only person left who is in charge of the event, Phineas Washburn, to shut it down. Of course, he doesn’t listen and refuses to shut down the cook-off. So of course, the swarm finds the Cook-Off and attacks anything that happens to be moving. Everyone panics and flees as the wasps wreak havoc, but as our heroes show up to save the day. However, they show up before Washburn and the local TV news lady bites the dust.
Using a bunch of meat as bait, Q leads the swarm into a shed where Rafe, Kent, and Cristina have loaded a bunch of propane tanks and gasoline inside. With the swarm in, the group blows the place up, killing all the wasps. When in doubt about killing killer animals, always consider blowing them up to deal with them. The movie ends with Kent and Cristina together (Why?) and the queen wasp is still alive. I question how, but the movie ends so I instantly stopped caring.
So, how was this film? I can safely say without a doubt that this wasn’t a terrible movie. It was certainly bad and very b-movie like, but it was not a terrible film. The acting was decent, the setting was fine, the makeup jobs on the wasp victims looked good, and the CGI effects for the wasps look good most of the time.
Where the film fails though is the biology field and the story. Most of the facts and things said about wasps are very questionable and do seem fake to me. The story is very cliché and pulls out most of the same things you would see in many other movies, with their characters and story events. Also, what was up with the lady trying to kill a yellow-jacket with a shotgun? However, this film wasn’t that bad and it was an alright killer insect movie. Not one of the best, but certainly a fun ride.
Thanks for reading. Pardon grammar or spelling errors. I somehow keeping missing that stuff no matter how many times I proof read things.