Great fifties atomic age mutant bug movie. The giant ant effects (Oscar nominated) stand up pretty well when not in closeup and the films serious tone works well in its favour. Casting is quite good with some early turns from familiar faces.
7 - I went into this expecting a schlocky B-movie, but it turned out to be a very well put-together monster flick with some really charming (and, in one occasion, actually creepy) effects that have held up remarkably well despite the film being over 60 years old. Has just the right amount of cheese.
The first 15 minutes of Them! flawlessly sets up its threat. Yet, this is a case of the mystery being more effective than the actual discovery. The 60+-year old special f/x actually isn't the problem (giant ants look realistically enough like giant ants,) rather once we know what to fear, the film focuses on action and plot instead of the cryptic ominous atmosphere of an eerie specter, and it's just not as intense.
Entretenido serie B sobre un llamado a la consciencia de los usos nucleares. Lo ideal hubiera sido un incesante enfrentamiento contra las hormigas mutantes. Reducir, por ejemplo, las secuencias sobre testigos que de paso van dando señas del circuito de la invasión, algo que en cierta forma corta la línea de acción o suspenso.
Along with Forbidden Planet, half of me wishes there was a lower bugget and that hand puppets were involved. Otherwise, I am kind of in love with the stereotypical depictions of Los Angeles (corruption, urban desolation and sin sin sin!) and the anti-nuclear weapons message (oh, the 50s). Also, the ants continue to be genuinely creepy. Their damn cry/scream/call noise gives me chills...