Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Film Review: Infestation (2009)

Review by: Chris Ward

Directed and Written by: Kyle Rankin

‘Infestation’ is one of those gems that pops up every once in a while to show how great old-fashioned monster movies really are. Taking it’s cue from other mutant creature features like ‘Tremors’, ‘Eight Legged Freaks’ and ‘Slugs’, ‘Infestation’ stars Chris Marquette as Cooper, a wise-cracking slacker who has taken his employers loyalty to the limit and is about to get fired. But just as his boss is about to issue his cards, a strange sonic screech starts up and everybody in the building seems to pass out.

Waking up a few days later, Cooper discovers that everybody has been cocooned by giant bugs, and not just in his office, as there seems to be a giant nest that draws the creatures to it not too far away. Assembling a group of survivors, including deaf strongman Hugo (E. Quincy Sloan), his father Al (Wesley Thompson), his boss’s beautiful daughter Sara (Brooke Nevin) and the dizzy Cindy (Kinsey Packard), Cooper decides to head to his father’s house, as his father (Ray Wise) is a former soldier with an underground shelter. On the way, though, the group run into trouble when some of the victims of the mutant bugs return as zombie/spider hybrids, intent on destroying our heroes.
Overall, ‘Infestation’ is a cracking roller-coaster ride of a movie that hrows you straight into the action and barely lets up until it’s genius final shot. Chris Marquette is great as Cooper, following on in the great tradition of leading losers such as Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott, and Ray Wise positively shines as Cooper’s dad Ethan, who can’t bear to see weakness in anybody, especially his son. The special effects are surprisingly minimal considering the subject matter, but this all adds to the B-movie mayhem, and some lightning-quick editing manages to keep the pace up throughout. Highly recommended.


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