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Irwin Allen's Underrated Film,
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This review is from: Swarm [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Sometimes I feel sad that "The Swarm" didn't do well at the box office back in 1978 since it was produced and directed by 'master of disaster' Irwin Allen. I think it's an interesting movie with an incredible cast. Not "The Towering Inferno", but it's watchable.
I became an admirer of Michael Caine after watching his portrayal as Dr. Brad Crane, a man on a quest to wipe out killer African Bees. Richard Widmark is superb as General Slater, and Henry Fonda gives a touch of class as Dr. Krim -Dr. Crane's colleague and mentor. The supporting cast give their own performances certain class, especially Olivia De Havilland, Ben Johnson, and Fred MacMurray playing a 'menàge a trois? -maybe that's cheesy, but it's entertaining.
Jerry Goldsmith's powerful score is excellent, and the visual effects are average. However, some of the extra scenes are unnecessary, and the fact that the people stung by the bees watch giant bees almost all the time is annoying, not to mention out of place. But I think Irwin Allen's take on this movie was a nice work. I am looking forward to a widescreen edition.