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Mon 8 Feb, 2010
By Robert Ingham

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Infestation is a great little movie with the tag-line “Prepare for Global Swarming”. It follows a group of people who wake from a coma like state to find themselves covered in webbing and a world that’s been taken over by giant bugs. Slacker Cooper has just started a new job so this couldn’t have come at a better time, but as the first to wake he is charged with the responsibility of keeping them alive.

This is quite simply an enjoyable B-movie in the style of Ticks, Eight-Legged Freaks and Tremors, with the diverse group trying to flee from the trappings of the city to a safe haven in the country.

A tricky task when the bugs not only crawl, but also fly. It’s difficult sometimes to get the special effects right for a fairly low-budget film but Infestation get these spot on, and the shocks are really effective. Some have you tensing in your seat, knowing something bad is just around the corner, whilst others come out of nowhere and buoy the film throughout.

It is easy to be sceptical about “monsters from outer space”, especially when a good idea goes on a bad script, but writer Kyle Rankin scores again with a sharp, smart and witty story, packed with nods to movies outside the creature-feature genre. Every now and again it’s “spot the quote” and this makes you enjoy the film even more.

Of course no film is faultless and the ending will leave you either eager to know more or have you scratching your head, looking at your mates and saying “What?”. However, Infestation is well worth viewing, especially when we watch a species mid-evolution. I can’t say anymore on that, but it is one of the funniest moments and is captured perfectly by a solid cast.
Definitely worth a sequel, which will no doubt be inferior, but I’ve got a feeling we may not have seen the last of Cooper and the crew…

Infestation is out on DVD now.


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