Wednesday, January 6, 2010

INFESTATION

Recently released on DVD, INFESTATION is a fun little monster movie a cut or two above most of the usual direct-to-disc sci-fi and horror fare. Written and directed by Kyle Rankin with humor and some smarts, INFESTATION also sports solid performances from its cast, including FANBOYS' Chris Marquette, Brooke Nevin (ELI STONE) and the always entertaining Ray Wise (TWIN PEAKS, REAPER, 24).

The plot is simple: one day, there’s a flash of light and the population passes out, only to awaken (some of them, anyway) a short time later wrapped in huge cocoons. It turns out that giant alien bugs have inexplicably invaded the Earth – or at least Colorado. A small group of survivors band together and attempt to find safety from the ravenous insects.

As mentioned above, the script is witty, and director Rankin keeps things moving at a good pace. The cast is likable and handles both the humor and horror well. As usual, Ray Wise is a delight. The CGI effects are very well executed – but as I’ve said before, insects are particularly suited to computer animation.

First Look’s DVD presents INFESTATION in a pristine, full-frame transfer and 5.1 Digital Surround sound. Bonus features are limited to a commentary track by the director and a handful of previews for other First Look titles.

INFESTATION is a better-than-average sci-fi diversion with decent effects, good performances and a clever – if predictable – storyline. It’s worth checking out.

BUY: Infestation