Lots of cool macro footage, an indistinct threat, and vague motivations, The movie seems to exist primarily as a framework to house the macro footage of ants.
Cool concept and some amazing visuals but not really much to say after that. I really just wish it stopped after the first 10 minutes. Those 10 minutes owned my ass and are the main reason I'm giving it three stars! Still, well worth at least one viewing
Essentially a film about three morons who get taken hostage by ants. Boring, stupid, some (unintentionally) funny dialogue and not much else. However the footage of the ants was cool enough and well shot, the whole film really didn't do much for me.
I'm all for slow, low-key sci-fi but this was just boring, hokey, and largely nonsensical. It gets points for some originality and a few quite good sequences but this was a struggle to sit through.
As the ant footage accumulates, it's remarkable how much foreboding and significance it seems to take on, despite the fact that the exact reasons behind *why* it's foreboding or significant remains veiled from the viewer. Davenport, as the increasingly mad scientist, anchors most of the human interaction (even when he's not present) and by the end we're left with an almost-haunting series of end-of-the-world images.
Saw this on It Came from Beyond Midnight, was pleasantly surprised.
As might be expected from Mr. Bass, this film is at its best when dealing with miniature drama. The insect scenes are rather astonishing; surprisingly moving and lacking the documentary feel which, to me, seemed inevitable. The human scenes resemble something between The Thing and Solyaris, reflective and resigned yet desperate and mournful. Hardly, to my mind, a masterpiece, but check it out if it intrigues you.