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Now this is a sci fi channel movie so you know its going to be fairly
cheap and shoddy from the outset. Usually these films have a vaguely
recognizable actor or actress in the title role (usually someone from
Stargate or Stargate Atlantis) but this film hasn't. The plot for what
its worth has a renegade Army scientist opening up a wormhole in a cave
that causes insects to grow to a huge size. A team of Seals and a
couple of Scientists are sent to plug this vortex before it swallows
Now these films can be entertaining but this is at the lower end of the spectrum for these creature features.Interesting to note that as spiders get bigger there skin becomes bulletproof to the point where a team of a dozen people can empty assault rifles into it without hurting it but a man with a knife can easily dispatch it. Also because the are bigger their brains are bigger so they become smarter (we know this true because of all the dinosaur astrophysicists).
To sum up its pretty bad, the special effects are weak even by sci fi channel standards and the pacing is dire. The finale is quite entertaining in a ludicrous way. Overall, I'd recommend you avoid this unless you are one of those people who get a kick out of watching bad movies.
I laughed. I cried. I watched from behind the sofa with my mouth open.
I was stunned.
Don't get me wrong, any amazement I felt at this movie was incredulity at the sheer amateurish antics of everyone involved with the making of this... this... I want to say film, but can't. A film has some sort of structure - a plot, acting, cinematics. But this ... thing... doesn't have anything.
I've seen better, deeper, better filmed and more thoughtful movies in the epic fails section on YouTube. This was made by a group of less talented members of a high school film club, scripted by one of their primary school siblings using an encyclopedia of clichés, and using clothes store mannequins so as not to pay real actors. Well, that is what it looks like, and I am probably doing down the film club here.
The acting is of the densest mahogany, the script is (very old) cheese from the very first word, the graphics are laughably bad attempts from the 1970's, the music hand-recorded from inside an elevator, the lighting performed with flashlights. And the director can only aspire to the greatness of Ed Wood, astonishingly making even the atrociously bad Uwe Boll look like an auteur in comparison.
The worst fifteen minutes of my life! And they brought it out in 3D as well! Amazing!
Sydney Gerber (Camden Toy), a very mad old scientist, opens a wormhole
somewhere in Afghanistan, so giant scorpions can come out and kill all
of his team. Dr William Marx (Jack Plotnick), a slightly mad young
scientist, is sent with a team of soldiers to find Gerber and close the
wormhole. Lieutenant Raiger (Ted Jonas) is determined to finish this
mission soonest, because he and Marx are in love with the same woman.
However, fighting various monsters and human enemies becomes an almost
impossible mission that drags on and on.
'The Vortex - Beasts From Beyond' is an incredible movie. If you didn't see it, you wouldn't believe people release something like this. There is a giant plastic hornet and 2 talking (!) snakes. Probably becoming aware of how ridiculous everything would look, the makers added a lot of comedy by the relationship of Marx and Raiger who hate each other from the first moment, but have to continue working together on this mission. A few dialogs of these two characters are the only enjoyable thing in an otherwise horrifying flick.
I am a sucker for creature features, especially when talking movies
where the creatures are of gargantuan and monstrous sizes. However,
most of those movies are laughable and poor, so it was with next to no
expectations that I sat down to watch "Big Bad Bugs". So I would not be
disappointed, but might actually be positively be pleasantly surprised.
However, unlikely as that would be, given the rating the movie had
scored on IMDb, I still decided to sit down and watch "Big Bad Bugs".
The special effects and CGI were questionable at best, let's just say that. The creatures were indeed looking like something out of a 1990s computer game. Yeah, they were that fake. And I must admit that I have never heard a scorpion squeal like a pig, nor having the ability to shake its stinger and tail to make it sound like a rattle snake. Or even monstrous spiders that sound like squealing pigs for that matter.
Now, the idea for the creatures was good enough, but it was so poorly executed on the screen that it was hard to take the monstrous creatures seriously.
The size of these creepy crawlers was explained that a scientist had opened a wormhole, and the creatures were milling through that wormhole into our world. Yeah, isn't it original?
And this is without a doubt the first time that I have ever seen a military guy take off his boots to cross a shallow stream of water. Seriously? Taking off the boots to walk through water, yeah, that was very military-like in spirit and training.
It should be said that the music score for "Big Bad Bugs" was actually quite alright. The music was well-fitting for the movie, and it was subtle enough to fit perfectly into the background yet still be outstanding enough to be noticed over dialogue and action on the screen.
The characters in the movie were quite generic and one-dimensional, which meant that the characters were fairly alike and only distinguishable by their outer appearance. And the script and storyline left little or no room for character Development.
"Big Bad Bugs" has a very straight forward storyline which is very easy to follow, and you can actually leave the room for some time to get something to eat, drink or whatever, and come back after a while and still be up to speed with what is going on. For better or worse.
If you like creature features, then trust me when I say that there are some far better choices available out there.
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