After hearing of illegal experiments in an USA research facility, Maddy Rierdon (Lucy Lawless) orders the termination of the experiment: genetically bred locusts. Even though they are careful not to let them loose, a few accidentally get freed and head out into the wild. The former creator, Dr. Peter Axelrod, (John Heard) discovers the colony of locusts have invaded when he finds them attacking a school bus with his daughter on board. He quickly notifies Maddy and she arrives on the spot. After the locusts attack both planes and livestock, Maddy and her husband Dan Dryer (Dylan Neal) come together with Dr. Axelrod and the military to find a way of destroying the locusts before they harvest the nation's and the world's food supply.
The Good News: The main reason why this is a good bug movie is mainly the creation of the locusts themselves. These things look absolutely convincing, and I genuinely thought these were trained locusts from time to time. They look real, they behaved real, and they moved convincingly. Scenes of them in a giant swarm descending on a building or object with people trapped inside trying to fight off the individual locusts provide the best suspense scenes of the film. Watching the giant swarm completely cover a building as the people trapped inside scream frantically to ward off the invaders, are a great sight. The ending of the film was also pretty cool, straight out of a Fifties giant-monster-on-the-loose film. This is the general vibe you get from watching it: the creatures are accidentally created, it leaves it's mark as it travels across the states, the emergence in a large metropolitan area, and the last-second ditch of a deadly plan to exterminate the threat with a new one that just might work.
The Bad News: Too much of this film is sentimental bull that at certain points I wanted the locusts to just go on a rampage and kill everybody in the film. We get at least three conversations on a private nature with Maddy and Dan that just became too much after a while. None of them have any real impact on the plot, and are inserted to make us sympathize with them. I never did sympathize with them and I don't feel too bad this feeling. It never was the right thing to empathize, since it is a risky thing to do: either it works and you really feel for the character and the situation, or you don't feel anything because they're gonna live at the end anyway. This is a precarious situation, and here, because this certain characteristic is revealed very early on in the film, it destroys whatever potent revelation its discovery will be later on. This is simply so miscalculated that I almost hate this film because of it. On top of this, there are so few deaths in the film that I had to fast forward through a large part of the film to just get to the action scenes, and the sad part is, I didn't miss any major plot point in doing so. The bugs did look very cool: they should've been showcased more and make the movie a little bit more entertaining.
The Final Verdict: With a part that nearly destroys whatever potential the film had going for it, I have a hard time recommending this to horror fans. Bug film aficionados and Sci-Fi fans will be more pleased with it, but I have a hard time seeing true horror fans liking this film. Use extreme caution.
Review by slayrrr666 from the Internet Movie Database.