Deadly Swarm starts in 'Central Guatamala' where evil misguided scientist Dr. Schroeder (J. Patrick McCormack) has found a new species of Wasp, a deadly species of Wasp known as 'Black Fire' that he hopes will help him create a cure for various diseases, don't ask. Dr. Schroeder pays a local drug runner to take the deadly Wasp's over the border & back into the U.S. but en route the truck crashes & the deadly Wasp's are released! At a nearby Mexican town American entomologist Daniel Lang (Shane Brolly) is conducting research on Mosquito's when his friend Commandante Alvarez (Pepe Serna) ask's him to take a look at the crash site because the first Officer on the scene is now dead covered in stings & since Daniel is an expert on insects, well you get the idea. At first Daniel isn't sure but finds a large hive made from bone fragments in a box in the back of the truck which he takes away for analysis. Meanwhile nosey novelist Sandra Kern (Kaarina Aufranc) senses a story & sticks close to Daniel as he discovers that these deadly Wasp's lay eggs in their victims which eventually hatch sending 1000's more Wasp's on their way to repeat the process, they must be stopped as does the dangerous experiments of Schroeder...
This American Mexican co-production was directed by Paul Andresen & is a bit of a snooze-fest. The script takes itself extremely seriously & is rather mundane & predictable not to mention the fact that it's a little on the clichéd side. I mean there's the good looking hero, a good scientist, an evil misguided scientist, a reporter, the uncaring Mayor who doesn't want to cancel a local festival for money reasons, the police guy & the disposable victims, they're all here. The film is pretty dull to watch, it's far from exciting as it plods along in a fairly standard linear way, there is at first an unidentified threat, hero identifies threat & then destroys threat & gets the girl & that's it, that's as much & as original as Deadly Swarm strives to be, it's as simple & straight forward as that. The character's are OK & it moves along at a reasonable pace but I just couldn't stop myself from becoming bored with it. There's a real lack of action or Wasp attacks & the climax absolutely sucks & isn't worth watching the preceding 80 minutes to see. I'm not sure about the start either, are the filmmakers really trying to tell us that a deadly species of Wasp lives only in the abandoned ruins of a Aztec temple (or whatever it is) & never leave it's confines, I mean Wasp's can fly can't they? Why don't they just fly away? Why live in some ruins? What do they eat? Why has no one ever seen them before? Also, while on the subject of these Wasp's they're a bit dull & mundane in themselves aren't they? I mean their not mutated Wasp's, not genetically engineered Wasp's, giant over-sized Wasp's or anything like that they're just, well ordinary looking Wasp's which just didn't inspire or excite me at all.
Director Andresen doesn't do anything particularly memorable, the film has a certain made-for-TV look & feel to it. When you think about it Deadly Swarm doesn't make a whole lot of sense, there are no scares, there's no shocks & the Wasp attack scenes are pretty bad with terrible CGI. There is no gore whatsoever, a few people covered in stings but that's it apart from a scene when a swarm of Wasp's emerge from someones stomach but the CGI is so bad during this scene it doesn't count & there's no blood either.
Technically Deadly Swarm is competent & generally well made except for some awful special effects, the Mexican locations are quite bright & nice but hardly worth watching the film for. The acting wasn't up to much & didn't do anything for me.
Deadly Swarm is a lame killer bug film that lacks any gore, any action & has a predictable & dull story. If you haven't already seen 100 films like this (which I have unfortunately) then you may like it as it's watchable but it won't knock anyone's socks off that's for sure. Only if your desperate or easily pleased.
Review by Paul Andrews from the Internet Movie Database.