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Dragon Wasps

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USA  •    •  80m  •    •  Directed by: Joe Knee.  •  Starring: Corin Nemec, Dominika Juillet, Nikolette Noel, Benjamin Easterday, Gildon Roland, David Staszko, Stevie Hack, Michael Webb, Adrian Clissold, David Tasker, Cosondra Sjostrom, Berne Velasquez, Joe Knee.  •  Music by: Christopher Cano.
       A scientist enlists the help of the US army to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her father, deep in the Belizean jungle. Caught in the crossfire between a brutal guerrilla army controlled by a mystical warlord, they are also confronted by an even bigger terror giant mutated wasps that are, for some reason, thirsty for blood.

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This is a b-movie. Everything about it screams b-movie, from the title over the cast to the fact that it's a movie about giant wasps that breathe fire! You should obviously not expect this to be a polished high-budget Hollywood blockbuster. Anyone with such expectations will be sorely disappointed, and perhaps even angry. Nope, this is a b-movie, and its qualities lie in its absurdity, flaws, and general charm. That's just the way it is with b-movies - that's what we watch them for.

The set-up is quite simple and straightforward. A mysterious research organization called Transgen Tech have been conducting genetic experiments in the jungles of Belize, which have now gone wrong and resulted in the rise of a mutant breed of giant wasps. When one of the scientists goes missing, his daughter, the archaeologist Gina (Dominika Juillet), and her friend Rhonda (Nikolette Noel) set out to find him. They team up with a group of American soldiers under the command of John Hammond (Corin Nemec) and Willy Meyers (Benjamin Easterday). The group must not only face the giant wasps, but also fight off the voodoo-practicing drug-runner Jaguar (Gildon Roland) and his gang of cannibalistic guerrillas.

With a set-up like this, the scene is set of a cliché-filled action film falling under the rubric of tropical horror. Featuring bizarre rituals, implausible science, explosions, shoot-outs, exploding heads, and wasps emerging through cavities of the human face, there is actually plenty of entertainment in this movie, which in part also owes to its fairly consistent and appealing pacing. Things never slow down too much, although there are quieter moments. Obviously, the action sequences are not all equally convincing, and the film arguably features one of the worst ever rescue missions ever in film history. The CGI-effects are, as you might expect, not very good. The depiction of wasps in flight is particularly bad, and the best CGI-rendering of a wasp is, ironically enough, encountered during the final credits.

The acting is one-dimensional across the board, but nothing else should be expected from this type of movie. Corin Nemec does a pretty good job as the film's grizzled male lead, while Benjamin Easterday successfully manages to portray the character he plays as a sympathetic and loyal person. Gildon Roland's extremely one-dimensional yet very intense portrayal of Jaguar, the main antagonist, evokes a creepiness which is just perfect for the character. Dominika Juillet and Nikolette Noel, in contrast, deliver wooden and unconvincing acting, which at times is near-robotic and at times just awkward. Of course, it doesn't help that their characters are supposed to be archaeologists when they actually look like participants in a third rate reality TV show. The dialog is, of course, completely cheesy, and, not surprisingly, not all actors are equally successful at working with such silly dialog.

At the end of the day, "Dragon Wasps" is flawed in several ways, and you should not expect a realistic film in any way. It is silly, cheesy, and charming. It has everything a b-movie should have, and fans of such movies are bound to have a fun time. I mean, it's fire-breathing wasps after all!


Review by DeadHumans from Copenhagen, Denmark from the Internet Movie Database.