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But the rat is only the start. The store has a big rat problem and it seems to originate outside the store. This is further proved when one of the store managers spots a rat in her home and her daughter is attacked at a recreation center.
Slowly we follow the trail of the rats and unravel the mystery behind their origins and attacks.
Decent acting and wonderful atmospheric settings help move the story along and keep the viewer neck prickling. Actual rat attacks are slight in number as the story and settings are used to create the rising fear of the rats.
I really enjoyed this one except when "the best in the business" baited his trap before setting it for the climactic battle. His competence level had been so high throughout the movie that I found it hard to believe he would intentionally do things backwards. but other than that, this was a surprisingly well-done film.
Even for a made-for-TV movie, THE RATS's horror content is disappointinly tame. One man gets killed early in the film, then another man gets it 75 minutes into the film, and that's it. That's a pretty low body count.
It's hard to count all the mistakes and cliches in this film. Here are some:
* Vincent Spano sees rats leaving through a hole into the subway tunnels. He immeadiately rushes into the subway to try and see which way the train went, because he knows Madchen Amick is on the train. HUH? How did he know that she was on that particular train? Or even that the rats would attack it?
* When the subway stops, a motorman tells the passengers that they should wait in the train while he inspects the tracks. So an Obnoxious Yuppie complains, "What, you're not gonna leave us in here alone, are you? I don't believe this!" HUH? Who wrote this dialogue? The train stops, you expect the motorman to inspect the problem. Does this Obnoxious Yuppie want the motorman to hold his hand?
* When the rats enter the train, the Obnoxious Yuppies starts shooting a gun at the rats. So another man grabs him from behind to stop him. HUH? The yuppie was obnoxious, but he wasn't endangering anyone but the rats, from which everyone was trying to escape. Why would anyone stop him?Read more ›
When a customer is strangely bitten in Garsons local department store, Susan Costello (highly underrated Madchen Amick) the head of relations, starts to worry. Rats have been overpowering the city in ways people can barely escape surviving the horrific attacks. Rats infest the rec center pool where Susans daughter swims, people have been killed by the little terrors, and the rats seem to be leaving their little presents all over Garsons. With little time left to destroy these Rats from reproducing, Susan calls in Rodent specialist Jack Carver (Vincent Spano) and his assistant Ty to help sort out the mess. As things grow worse and the Rats grow more powerful, they know they must think of a way to destroy them and quick.
The acting was great as I said before. Vincent Spano was good as the Rats expert. Haven't seen him in a while. Madchen Amick was beautiful. For the credit she should get, she's a highly underrated star. This is definetely a movie that would catch your interest. It keeps pace, and even gives you an ominous ending. 5 stars for a great movie.
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The main characters are Susan Costello and Jack Carver.
Jack's the best exterminator is New York. Susan is the operations manager at an expensive store. Read more
I've watched this movie more than once. I've seen it on the big and I've bought and watched the DVD. This is an unusual rat story. The writer surely had an imagination. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kokopelli
I love this movie. Its not for people who don't like creepy or scary movies.Published 7 months ago by Babygirl
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