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In Manhattan, when a client is bitten by a rat in the dressing room of the Garsons Department Store and contracts Weil's disease, the manager Susan Costello is assigned to hire and give all the necessary support to the best exterminator in New York, Jack Carver. The efficient Jack and his assistant Ty find a colony of mutant rats and try to convince the health department administrator and former partner of Jack, Ray Jarrett, how serious the infestation is. But the politician Ray is interested in covering the problem to protect economical interests of powerful groups. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When Ratatouille came out, parents flocked to pet stores to buy a rat at their kids' request. The problem was that nobody knew how to take care of them. Well at least society now has a more positive image of the rat, something that this little TV movie probably won't provoke.
I had a couple of pet rats myself, so I know personally about some things which movies never get right about them (and this goes for both sewer and pet rats). Biggest goof of all, Rats do not squeal or shriek every second of every minute of every day. The sounds they make on a daily basis are inaudible to the human ear. They only squeak when in distress, and in this movie, it is us humans who are in distress. The Rats offers purely visceral pleasure. If you are in desperate need of some goosebumps, or want to have a contest with two or three friends to see who gets squeamish first, this is the movie for you.
Personally I cannot say I didn't enjoy it, especially the climax. Directed by John Lafia, who made almost unwatchable sequel to the very watchable and memorable Child's Play, and starring Mädchen Amick, who was cute in Sleepwalkers (also not much of a movie). The Rats is yet another creature feature that owes more than a little to the mastermind of Alfred Hitchcock's the Birds. I also saw a little bit of Jaws at times, especially one sequence involving the invasion of a public pool, (Rats are good swimmers actually, it is not as dumb as it may sound.
That say, the movie is not that smart and definitely not inventive, but it does what it is supposed to do, even if that comes at the cost of giving rats a bad name.
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