Man's place as ruler of the natural world is about to be defeated. Michael Shanks ("Stargate SG-1") stars in this thrilling story about a swarm of deadly genetically enhanced wasps on a rampage. Featuring eye-popping speci... more »al effects, explosive excitement and all the six-legged horrors the world of man can handle.« less
Joshua Koppel | Chicago, IL United States | 02/02/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"A firm is testing a new bug killer and accidentally creates two extra-mean and extra-toxic wasps. One is killed right away but the other manages to escape and kill. The new bug killer is not doing too well. Then a sample of the stuff gets used in the field and a whole new batch of the beasties is created. These creatures are meaner than usual and their attack pheromones help draw other, less lethal, yellow jackets to join the swarm.
Meanwhile the town is planning a big national cooking competition to determine the greatest hamburger. Apparently yellow jackets are drawn to raw meat. A lot is riding on the festival and a number of characters will do anything to make sure it goes on without a hitch. So finally we have a scientist, a sexy entomologist, an exterminator and a cop as the only defense we have against the killer swarm. The action culminates at the festival and we have the movie's finale.
This one is bad. It bears some resemblance to The Deadly Swarm but just does a lot of weird stuff. The special effects are not in line with the plot. The bug killer should kill 75% yet the field test results in more live yellow jackets than the nest should be able to hold. This is the first-annual cook-off but the press interviews the previous year's winner. Smoke causes a hive to wake up while in reality smoke is used to sedate them. Finally, it is almost laughable to see these yellow jackets actively fly into flaming barbeque grills (the flames have no effect on them although it is later used as a weapon). Countless other silly bits abound. Check out the minuscule barbell the Mayor needs a spotter's help with. All in all a fun movie to heckle but one that makes little sense."
Good little movie
Andre Villemaire | Canada | 08/03/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you like these types of movies, you will not regret this one. Its really pretty good, has a story and characters that you will love/hate. The effects are decent and if you ever saw a swarm fly buy, it will bring back some memories when you see the swarms flying in the movie which makes the movie even better. The only problem is with the lame ending...but heck you cant win them all. Give it a shot...."
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 05/20/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Bees have never looked as vicious as they do in this made for SCIFI CHANNEL movie. Although the plot is derivative and the acting fairly mundane, SWARMED is a creepy tale of genetically charged bees with killer venom and stings. Michael Shanks from STARGATE 1 looks bored in his role as the scientist responsible for the mutations and former model Carol Alt tries hard to look ditzy, but only manages to look stupid..sorry, Carol. There are some creepy bee attacks, a Will Smith wannabe and the always watchable Tim Thomerson as the king of the Barbecue Sauce. It's pretty farfetched and has an ending that defies logic, but it's fun anyway."
Laura J. Eklund | El Cajon, CA USA | 04/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I watched the show specifically because I am a Stargate fan. I like the Daniel(played by Michael Shanks) character, but this isn't Daniel. He's a stupid man who lets a scourge out onto the world. The special affects are creepy, especially the mayor's eyes. Tim Thomerson as the meat magnet is as pomous as you can get, yet he jumps into some water. Of course, the bees chase him down. This is a fun movie and that is why I gave it a 4. It's not super movie like "The Godfather", or "Gone With the Wind", it's just fun."
A solid TV movie
Don Talon | 03/30/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is yet another fine made for tv movie. Ok the genre is certainly not new but it also never gets old either.
A couple of genecticall engineered wasps escape from a research lab and threaten the well being of an entire town which just happens to have a major event just around the corner. As bodies pill up Two scientist and a professional bug man must stop this deadly swarm before things get worse.
Throw in the greedy police chief and an ambitious and also greedy mayor and you have a very good film .