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Parasite (2004)

An abandoned oil rig in the middle of the North Sea. Dr. Christine Hansen is charged with the task of testing an experimental cleaning fluid which could revolutionize the oil industry. ... See full summary »

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Andrew Prendergast

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Alan Coulson (screenplay), Jason Kingsley (story) | 4 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Gary Condes Gary Condes ... Nils
Saskia Gould Saskia Gould ... Dr. Christine Hansen
Conrad Whitaker ... Mickey
G.W. Stevens G.W. Stevens ... Jacob Rasmussen
Margaret Thompson Margaret Thompson ... Kim
Oliver Price Oliver Price ... Gio
Michelle Acuna Michelle Acuna ... Darcy
Luke Spencer Luke Spencer ... Decker
Nicholas Rawlinson Nicholas Rawlinson ... Richard Reiser (as Nick Rawlinson)
S. Khan S. Khan ... Helicopter Pilot
Murray Saffron Murray Saffron ... Dr. Willis
Richard Beardsley Richard Beardsley ... Boat Driver
Cathi Fredricks Cathi Fredricks ... Valerie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Mackman Paul Mackman ... Dr. Willis (as Murray Saffron)
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An abandoned oil rig in the middle of the North Sea. Dr. Christine Hansen is charged with the task of testing an experimental cleaning fluid which could revolutionize the oil industry. Hired to carry out the tests is Jacob Rasmussen and his rough and ready crew of deconstruction engineers. But within hours one of them is missing under suspicious circumstances. Things go from bad to worse when environmental activist Mickey Hennessey and his hard-bitten associates seize control of the rig, taking everybody on board hostage. But very soon oil workers and environmentalists will be compelled to join forces in an evolutionary battle for survival. For a savage new life-form has made its home on the rig. And it is hungry. Written by Avid Fan

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They Messed With Mother Nature... Now She Wants Revenge

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Rated R for some creature violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

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Release Date:

1 August 2004 (UK) See more »

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If hell has a video store, Parasite would be there for sure
11 January 2006 | by Lari-FariSee all my reviews

Every now and then a buddy of mine and myself sit down with your usual set of junk food and watch a new piece of art from our favourite genre: mutant animal movies. Ahhh, mutant animals (read: bad cgi) hunting down a team of experts (some airheads) through a deserted, dark building (cheap studio sets)! You don't have much expectations with a premise like this. Normally, you'll get some splatter effects, gratuitous nudity and it really doesn't matter if you leave the TV for a minute to make room for more Pepsi. Mutant animal movies are stupid and fun to watch.

Parasite is not.

The film is about a deserted (of course) oil rig, that is supposed to be cleaned before sinking via a newly developed, uh... fog or something. Things go wrong, because the experts are a bunch of idiots. They simply IGNORE an official letter from their boss they find, where the exact mixing proportions for the cleaning substance are noted, next to a big, fat, biohazard – sign. They find the letter, they read it, and then put it away. Now, this IS stupid, and it has just begun. That biohazard stuff infects a worm or snake or whatever (couldn't tell due to bad cgi), which of course gets quiet big and start killing people, not only the team but also a bunch of environment protecting terrorists, who have no function in the story other than being snake/worm food.

So far, so good (and I really don't care that it's cheap and stupid), but this movie is just lame. After the first five minutes of shaky DV camcorder footage, nothing, absolutely nothing happens for at least half an hour (and not much more afterward). It's all dialog that won't add to the story or the atmosphere or the characters or whatever. For a low budget film like Parasite, this is fatal, because without an evolving story that drags your attention (or at least some funny lines/gratuitous nudity/blood), the film gives you time to recognize its countless other flaws.

Either the director had some ingenious plan that didn't work out in the editing room, or he just didn't care. They use close ups nearly all the time, leaving you confused of where everybody is and what the heck they're doing there. Almost as to compensate this, there are some exterior shots (cgi) edited into the movie every now and then, without system, obviously just to remember us of the fact that this takes place on an oil rig (frankly, you couldn't tell from the sets, which look much like my grandma's cellar).

As I mentioned before, I really don't care if a monster movie's premise is stupid or if there are no production values – but I'm getting really annoyed if it isn't even mildly entertaining. For something entertaining you have to have a solid screenplay and/or a talented director, and Parasite loses at both tables. The film is full of scenes you might have seen in similar movies (so at least it fulfills some genre standards), but here those scenes are indiscriminately thrown into a mixer. The outcome is chaotic. Nothing you'll ever see has a dramatic function, no actions our "heroes" take make any sense at all, because there is no story. The whole film is nothing but a plot hole bigger than my butt.

Put all those flaws together and you get 96 minutes of confusing nonsense that is practically unwatchable. We were neither drunk nor stoned nor tired and, as far as I can tell, we are not stupid, but from some point at about the middle of the film we simply did not understand what was going on anymore.

Worst Creature Feature in years. (2/10, just for the fact that it had a mutant worm. Or snake.)


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