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Feature 7.0
Video 8.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features 5.0
Total 7.0
Distributor: Icon
Classification: M15+
Minutes: 91 minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black

7.0


Infestation

The day starts off much like any other for twenty-something phone rep slacker Cooper (Chris Marquette).  Heís late for work, spends several minutes upon arrival goofing off and is promptly summoned to his managerís office for a disciplinary lecture.  Before the dressing down can commence however there is a piercing, ear-splitting shriek that causes everyone within earshot to collapse into unconsciousness.   

When Cooper awakens he finds himself and his fellow cubicle-dwellers sown into silken cocoons, and the world overrun with giant, terrifying and very hungry insects.  With the aid of a co-workerís daughter (Brooke Nevin), his ex-military father (Twin PeaksĎ Ray Wise) and a ragtag assortment of survivors, Cooper must assume the unlikely role of hero and attempt to save humanity from the horde of marauding bugs, just maybe improving his love life in the process. 

Infestation is both an entertaining homage to bygone sci-fi schlock and a worthy addition to the B-movie oeuvre.  Marquette is an excellent choice of lead and proves both charming and adept, playing well off his co-stars and carrying the film with dexterity.  Though the storyline lulls occasionally it is nonetheless compelling from start to finish, and the action sequences are imbued with intensity without needing to resort to gore or gruesomeness.   

On the technical front the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround soundtrack is a pulsating and emotive affair, and both the picture quality and computer-generated effects are brilliant, especially considering director Kyle Rankinís limited budget (purportedly around $5 million).  A 20-minute Making Of is the only bonus feature, but it provides and interesting and worthwhile glimpse into the filmmaking process, containing behind-the-scenes footage as well as interviews with the cast and key creatives. 

A throwback to the monster movies of the 1950s, Infestation works well as a parody whilst still managing to stand as an accomplished and highly enjoyable film in its own right.  Itís no mean feat, and the end result is highly recommended for those who like their horror with liberal lashings of comedy. 






 
 



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