Under the shadow of coronavirus I somehow found and watched this disaster movie. Tbh I was quite impressed in contrast to the feeling of many reviewers that this movie is a simple waste of time. The part I liked the movie is that it is simply too real.
Looking at how the coronavirus is spreading the world and how it is dealt by the governments worldwide, you can find many scenes happening in real life are projected in this movie that was produced 15 years ago with much of irony. The movie pictured a biohazard starting from the escape of a few locusts with a super genome that makes them grow and travel super-fast, and resilient to all drugs. Putting at today, we now have a super virus that also spreads super-fast and existing drugs pretty much have no effect on it. Inevitably, the current status of the world highly resembles what was pictured in the movie: a tiny bit of original hazard quickly sweeps the nationworld within a few months, and no public policy can control it without tremendous sacrifice. Notably, there is also a locusts swarm this year spreading from Africa to east Asia, relentlessly and aggressively eating everything on the road. So the threat is real, and the disaster part of the movie is highly approaching to the reality, as far as I can say.
The solution to the disaster, in the movie found by the main actors, certainly deserves some major criticisms since it is against many fields of science. As a not-so-professional geneticist, I was truly amused when they announced that the remaining locusts were sterile in the end of the move. Obviously, there is no way that electric shocks can shuffle the insect genome to make them sterile, and if hybridization were the cause of sterilization, there would have been no way for a few of them to expand to billions. However, behind such laughable solution that the high voltage electricity network can form a barrier that kills the bugs (and sterilize them!) without instant self-destructing, the cruel reality is that there is simply no solution to any natural disasters like this if there is not a precise cure. So is for the drug-resistant bugs, so is for a virus without vaccine. From the point of view that the movie is trying to tell people that any solution to such issue is no more than a fairytale, I think it did quite a good job.
If we take a look at how bad the case is wrapped in the movie, there is even more ironic coincidence with the naiveness of current politics. In the movie, people didn't know that such a disaster is originated from its own government until the end. While I'm not inferring that the 2019ncov is a lab product like in the movie, the point is that the truth will be similarly hided from public. In reality though, the hidden truth may not only be the origin of the virus, but how much of incompetence has been there that slowed the reaction (and I have to say that all the government staffs in the movie were hilariously competent). The main actors and pretty much everyone were pictured like heroes, yet the movie awkwardly avoided who should be responsible for this disaster. The evil doctor who created the species died in a pathetic way, although I see little justice from the way he dies. But what about the staff and soldiers who incidentally released the locusts? What about Dept. of Defense who founded the research? In a sense the main actress should also be accused because without her abrupt actions, the bugs could have been safely enclosed in the lab forever, who knows. But in the end one that looked the worst paid the price for everyone else. And as long as someone has paid the price and our protagonists are taking the case "very seriously", they will be just fine and even become more glorious.
So in short for many reasons I like this movie over many recent high budget, commercially successful movie series. In a sense it is such a bad movie that should be watched like a comedy, but once you see it through, a comedy many often is a real tragedy that did no do actual damage.
Review by kubinasirider from the Internet Movie Database.