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The Hive (Wide Screen Edition) (2008)

Tom Wopat , Peter Manus  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Tom Wopat
  • Directors: Peter Manus
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Genius Products (TVN)
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018PH3J2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,761 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hive (Wide Screen Edition)" on IMDb

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The ninth installment in the Maneater Series, The Hive unleashes a mass of flesh-eating army ants 200 million strong is making its way through the jungles of Brazil devouring every living thing in its path. Called in to stave off the attack is Horace Lennart, a scientist from Thorax Industries extermination service in Los Angeles, and his girlfriend, entomologist Claire Dubois. But when they discover the bizarre intention and origins of the crawling creatures, they fear for the future of the planet. When these ants come crawling, classic horror gets a contemporary twist and an unearthly invasion gets the upper hand.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Just Happened? August 9, 2008
Format:DVD
I found myself saying that quite a bit throughout this movie, actually. As many of you no doubt know, I've taken it upon myself to watch all of the 'Man-Eater' films. If you don't know, these are a bunch of low budget horror films that debuted on Sci-Fi channel and feature various animals running amok and attacking people. You know, like grizzly bears, sharks, crocodiles, Bengal tigers, giant squid or, in this particular case, swarms of ants. Well, sort of. But I'll get to that in good time. And trust me, this one REALLY takes the cake!

My girlfriend picked this one up as a surprise gift, and we watched it the other night. All I can say is... what just happened? We found ourselves laughing through the entire movie, so some of my critiques might not be entirely accurate. Anyway, the movie is set in a 'generic SE Asian archipelago' (but incidentally filmed in Thailand) and possibly set in the future, as the high-tech exterminators in the film seem to wear space suits and shoot LASER BEAMS at the swarm of ants. Yes, you heard me correct, freaking LASER BEAMS! Much like the ants, however, these consist of cheesy, hastily done CGI artwork. But the ANTS really take the cake, not the least of which because they do stuff like... oh, form gigantic flying fists! Made entirely out of ants!

Mind you, I didn't go in expecting this to be all that scientific of a film, and (in fact) army ants do form 'living bridges' by joining up like that... sort of. But still, this film REALLY strained the limits of credibility here. Most of the actors weren't all that interesting, aside from the two chicks (neither of whom get eaten by ants, by the way, despite what the buxom babe on the cover may lead you to think) and the Asian dictator guy who pops up every now and then.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The CGI Hive September 11, 2009
Format:DVD
After reading many positive reviews on this one I took the plunge and bought it, that was not a good idea. What did I expect? I really didn't expect much really, knowing the type of movie it was I just wanted it to be entertaining. I knew there would be tons of CGI and it would probably be pretty bad as well but I was ready to watch it anyway.

The biggest challenge I had with this one is that it is more Sci-Fi than it is horror. The cover is definitely misleading as it looks like it might be a fun gorefest, but I didn't pay attention to the box and notice that it was a SyFy production, my goof. I would have avoided it altogether if I had known.

The film is not horrible but it really doesn't deliver the goods, sure there is a lot of CGI, but that's to be expected in any of the Man Hunter series. Here are the pros and cons as I see them:

Pro's:
Good Photography
An interesting story (it's a little bizarre but fun)
Great Audio
Poor CGI (told you I don't hate it)

Con's:
No Blood!
Slow Pacing

The con's really outweigh the rest of it. It starts off in the first 20 minutes moving really fast and then all of a sudden it completely stops all the action for 45 minutes of dialogue and science. I guess this part was for the Sci-Fi fans which I'm generally not a part of and it completely destroyed the momentum the movie was building. The film also had no gore while the box art made it look like this movie was going to be somewhat explicit.

It's not terrible but I'd rather spend another 90 minutes with "Infestation" which is a similar movie but really delivers the goods and is a fun ride as well.

This could have been better with more action in the middle building to a great climax.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange movie December 26, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Okay firstly, this movie is very weird. Masses of army ants swarm everywhere, causing the army of an Asian country to call in four American pest exterminators because you know, pest exterminators are much more adept killers than army guys.

And naturally these guys have weapons surpassing any technology seen before anywhere. They can disperse their destructive power over a wide area and for some reason never hurt anything but insects. Is their ammunition somehow designed to only affect insect DNA?

As for the army ants, aside from swarming everywhere and devouring people they have the ability for form huge tentacles that may or may not have hands at the end, some kind of computer mainframe thing and a bizarre giant ant.

Yes, its definitely a strange movie. The only downsides are I expected it to be a bit more chaotic (there's a lot of scenes of people standing around discussing their plans) and I was hoping someone would make a ovie about regular army ants before movies where they have additional abilities was made.

But really,the main problem with sci-fi channel movies is that they're generic monster movies and this is anything but. It may be zany and over-the-top, but it is an original, inventive, genuinely entertaining sci-fi movie.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars oh, the pain. oh, the misery. May 30, 2008
Format:DVD
The Hive (Peter Manus, 2007)

Five minutes into The Hive, I knew it was going to be awful. I propose a new unwritten rule of film reviewing: any movie that uses CGI blobs to depict any sort of swarming creature is automatically awful.

Ten minutes into The Hive, I had forgiven the CGI blobs and was convinced I was going to be watching the best [censored for Amazon consumption] killer ant movie since The Naked Jungle. (Okay, maybe since It Happened at Lakewood Manor. But you get the idea.) First off, the most professional main titles I've seen on just about any movie I've watched on the Sci-Fi Channel, and that goes for theatrical releases as well. And then, well, how cool is the Thorax hardware? Put together body armor and big guns and ants and I'm sold.

Twenty minutes into The Hive, we see the first ant tentacle. Regard immediately went back into the dumpster. Unfortunately, it never surfaced again.

In case you need a plot summary for a killer ant movie: there are killer ants. There are humans trying to stop the killer ants. What more do you need to know? Well, you should probably know that the humans are using what look like laser guns, and the ants take the concept of "hive mind" to a whole new level of cheesy and stupid.

I will give this movie one thing-- it introduced me to the quite beautiful Jessica Reavis, the rest of whose work I will now be hunting down. However, nothing else about the movie is worthwhile. Manus and writer T. S. Cook (can you believe this guy was responsible for The China Syndrome?) find every possible way to make this movie as awful as possible, and exploit them aggressively. I would imagine that actually being faced with an army of killer ants would be preferable to sitting through the movie again. *
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The cover is misleading.
Published 1 day ago by Jane D. Walsh
3.0 out of 5 stars thank you
its okay because this movie is okay but im a fan of science fiction I would recommend this movie etc
Published 1 month ago by lashaw
5.0 out of 5 stars I gave this as a gift
my nephew loves the movie & invited me over to watch it, I will visit him next week to see this movie.
Published 12 months ago by Ronald Bruno
5.0 out of 5 stars truly unique
This movie is one of my favorites. It's extremely exciting and is so out there. The millions and millions of ants basically eat people, and combine to form tentacles, giant hands,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Spectre
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hive
The Hive Was Great But It Did Give Me The Willy's Just To Think Adout All The Ants How Ever I Was Really Pleased, Sincerly Mr. Stone
Published 16 months ago by stoneyloc
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT CAN U SAY......ITS A TOM WOPAT MOVIE
IF UR A (TOM WOPAT) FAN THIS MOVIE IS RIGHT 4 U? SO IM NOT GOING TO TELL U ABOUT THE MOVIE ALL I CAN SAY IS BUY UR SELF A COPY AND ENJOY =)
Published 17 months ago by brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars the hive
This is a good monster bug movie
that I saw.It has gore,creature
violence,action,terror,an
explosion.And the most important
thing a kinda happy ending. Read more
Published on April 18, 2012 by Tammy N. Zhang
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't watch horror flicks
I purchased this for a little old lady in a nursing home. She loves it. I have nothing else to say,take it or leave it please.
Published on April 15, 2012 by Grama
2.0 out of 5 stars ;0(
Everybody gave a long description about the movie already I won't tell you not to watch it but for me PERSONALLY it pained my eye to watch it it was a D list movie at it's finest. Read more
Published on January 18, 2011 by Lady Raven RAVE!
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