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Swarmed (2005)

Jonathan Malen , Booth Savage  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jonathan Malen, Booth Savage, Richard Chevolleau, Samantha Weinstein, Tim Thomerson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EWBKHQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,477 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Swarmed" on IMDb

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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 special effects, explosive excitement and all the six-legged horrors the world of man can handle.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yellow Jackets Not Bees February 1, 2007
Format:DVD
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Since Swarmed and Locusts are essentially the same movie, I wrote the same review and just changed the pertinent words. Enjoy...

Entomologist CRISTINA BROWN (Carol Alt) works with a task force - including a gritty EXTERMINATOR named Q (Richard Chevolleau) - to eradicate GENETICALLY ALTERED WASPS threatening a SMALL TOWN. These WASPS are special because they ARE STRENGTHENED BY pesticides and are attracted to HAMBURGER MEAT and STEAK.

Along the way a gorgeous brunette REPORTER gets insecticized, a DUNKING BOOTH becomes a ridiculous location to hide, an idiot SECRETARY goes after WASPS with a SHOTGUN, a WASP gets into a MAN'S mouth, peoples' EYEBALLS get eaten, and most of the swarm is killed by an impromptu FLAMETHROWER.

Sadly, TIM THOMERSON and MICHAEL SHANKS pull one of the plugs from a career that is already on life support, but remain the more competent actors in the film.

It's a Syfy movie, so the production is predictably decent and the special effects are borderline atrocious; mostly it's just a bunch of YELLOW CGI dots on the screen. CAROL ALT looks sexy but not as good as when she was a SWIMSUIT MODEL. Ultimately, however, she's unbelievable as someone who would go into work as a bug expert. It's a good way to pass the time, but awards it will not win.

Jason Elin
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable- not enough shanks January 13, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Hey, I enjoyed it. a fun film, not taking itself seriously. I mean could you imagine the lawsuits in reality, not to mention the govt. coming down on the initial lab's a$$ about proper precautions, unauthorized personel, etc.

My only big beef was No.1 corpse's mouth being agape while on the table, and then closed for the close-up for the coroner to open his mouth.

Big creep out moment- the mayor getting it in the eye. Phobia wise I had to look away. I loved the assistant going after the bee with the double barrel! Fun, that!

Shanks was enjoyable. I don't know if this was a Sci-Fi production or not and he was required to be in this, but honestly he seemed fine in it. I mean , it isn't King Lear. Plus, I think the actor learned during his 'ascension' from Stargate:SG1 that work is work (I can't believe how many actors seem to forget that when they get into a successful series).

Lots of fun satisfying moments. its always fun when the bad guys, well not so much bad as as-holes, 'getting it' right after minimizing the danger. Wouldn't that be great in real life? Some jerk cuts ahead of you in line and , say, trips and breaks her leg on her way out. god, wouldn't that be great?

Another ick moment- Thomerson and the wasps in the air hose. Kent (Shanks) explaining things for us and then Alt (enton... entym... bug scientist) finishing it because she knows it already. And the 2 of them going after the swarm with the hero armed with 2 cans of Fix-a-flat, and little lady scientist with the big extinguisher. All in all a 4 star- I like it rating.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Inspired silliness. February 12, 2008
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Swarmed (Paul Ziller, 2005)

What is it about movies that use CGI dots to represent swarms of flying things that I just can't stay away from? Okay, I admit, I was the target market for this movie; killer-bug movies were a huge part of my childhood growing up-- the rash of deadly-ant flicks of the late seventies, the killer-spider movies that followed soon after, the killer bee movies... I devoured them all in my preadolescent years. Genetically-altered wasps? Bring it on! That said, when top billing goes to a mediocre TV actor and a former supermodel, you can be relatively sure that you've got a cheesefest on your hands.

Plot: scientist (Michael Shanks of Stargate: SG-1) and environmentalist bug girl (Carol Alt of, erm, many Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues) have to fight a swarm of genetically altered, and very angry, yellowjackets. As with all killer-bug movies, there's something big going on in a nearby town, and the local higher-ups must make sure that nothing, but nothing, stops this thing from going on (in this case, it's a hamburger cook-off, which I gotta say was an inspired touch), even if not stopping it involves the deaths of everyone in the town. Add in a plucky exterminator (Narc's Richard Chevolleau), his apprentice (Take the Lead's Jonathan Malen), and the Guy Who Will not Be Stopped (Tim Thomerson) and hey, you have a movie.

Yes, it's dumb. It's a killer bee movie, of course it's dumb. Even when killer bee movies were in vogue (which, for trivia purposes, was from 1974 through 1978-- The Killer Bees to The Swarm), they were dumb. You were expecting great cinema from a passel of CGI dots and a supermodel? But it's fun dumb. Not fun dumb enough to transcend the awful acting, barely competent direction, and consistent overlighting that are the hallmark of the Sci-Fi Channel Original Movie, but you could certainly find worse ways to kill an hour and a half. **
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5.0 out of 5 stars terrific
This movie is a great addition to a collection. was worth the purchase price. Had a good story line and was easy to watch
Published 15 months ago by christine c. marchand
4.0 out of 5 stars Swarmed
I liked this Movie. Michael Shanks is My Hero and Will always be. I also liked Carol Alt too. They worked great together
Published 17 months ago by Loren Hollander
4.0 out of 5 stars It's molecular modified venomous wasps!
I too was expecting another really bad SciFi/Syfy Channel movie that they seem to have an unlimited idea pool for, but honestly (and this is just my opinion) i didn't think it was... Read more
Published on September 17, 2012 by Sydney Squidney
3.0 out of 5 stars Good little movie
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. Read more
Published on August 3, 2006 by Andre Villemaire
3.0 out of 5 stars BIZZY BEEZ
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... Read more
Published on May 20, 2006 by Michael Butts
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
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. Read more
Published on April 18, 2006 by Laura J. Eklund
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid TV movie
This is yet another fine made for tv movie. Ok the genre is certainly not new but it also never gets old either. Read more
Published on March 29, 2006 by Don Talon
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