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The Rats

4.2 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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THEY'RE COMING, THOUSANDS OF RAVENOUS, BLOOD-THIRSTY RATS, AND THE TERRIFIED OCCUPANTS OF A NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT STORE HAVE NOWHERE TO HIDE. TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR INVESTIGATOR JACK CARVER, THE ONLY MAN WHO CAN DISCOVER HOW THESE RODENTS BECOME VIOLENT KILLERS & STOP THEIR TRAIL OF VICTIMS BEFORE ITS LATE.

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"Anywhere you go in this city, you're only about five feet from a rat." These reassuring words set the tone for The Rats, a cheesy 2002 TV movie with a rather fun attitude toward its icky subject. The furry creatures are overrunning a Manhattan department store, with only store manager Mädchen Amick and exterminator Vincent Spano standing between the city and the establishment of a full-scale rodent kingdom. What takes this movie way beyond Willard is the CGI paint box, which brings scenes--many, many scenes--of swarming rats: rats filling a children's swimming pool, rats dropping onto a subway car, rats teeming over unfortunate extras. The movie isn't top-drawer in budget or anything else, but it seems aware of the 1950s monster-movie spirit, and the rat-cam and nibbling sound effects are unleashed with glee. It might make you think twice about lifting that toilet lid. --Robert Horton

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  • Actors: Mädchen Amick, Vincent Spano, Shawn Michael Howard, Daveigh Chase, David Fonteno
  • Directors: John Lafia
  • Writers: Frank Deasy
  • Producers: Bob Roe, David Madden, Eric Hetzel, Robert W. Cort
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2002
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G8JM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,819 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rats" on IMDb

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By Joshua Koppel on July 7, 2003
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A customer at a posh department store is bitten by a rat in a dressing room. As a result, the store fires its current exterminators and hires the best in the city.
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.
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The opening sequence involves a rat's eye view of things, an upscale department store dressing room, and some nudity as the first victim falls prey to a ferocious nibbler carrying a disease that puts her into a funk for the rest of the film. After that, it's a mystery of sorts as exterminator Vincent Spano, his partner, and a store manager (Madchen Amick) seek to find the nest and destroy the intruders. Naturally, these are not just any old rats, they're the result of experimentation, mutants that even the health department won't touch. These are four legged, furry, perfume loving psycho rats! I thought it was a hoot. I do love animals on a rampage, so I appreciated the idea of an army of rats with bad intentions (one even turns into a peeping Tom rat spy). I even loved the Mosh Pit of rats scene. Fun stuff. It's all pretty cheesy; they weren't trying to make the Citizen Kane of rat movies.
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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. He got into my mind with the story. The film was well directed and the supervision of the filming was obviously very well done. It was well produced. It is amazing how well they used the man made rats to what they they did in the movie. As a movie buff, this is a must see and own.
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A rat-themed movie gets five stars from me when it delivers reasonably accurate depictions of rats and it also presents some new or funny approaches in the story. Only the end is wildly improbable, but is still worth a laugh. Watch the movie, and then think of it the next time you go shopping in a fancy department store, especially the first floor cosmetic and perfumery sections. The human actors do a credible job, and the story itself moves along in a sprightly way.
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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. She hires Jack when the store start's getting rat bites. They soon learn the infestation was beyond anything Jack had seen before, and that the Rats were different.

Their investigation leads them to an abandoned laboratory. The Rat's were originally Lab Rat's. The experiments had given the Rats an increase in aggression and muscle development. In other words, they were prone to violence and had the strength back it up.

Also these Rats were disease carriers. They'd stay'd near the lab for awhile, a rogue colony. Soon they'd spread through the city, and cross breed with the regular rats. The New York was facing a potential plague. One that could rival the Black Plague.

Eventually Jack and Susan learn the Rats were drawn to scent, one that was originally in the lab. The Rats swormed to it, like a massive wave of Rats. The climax had Jack and Susan using the scent to lure the Rats into an ambush. A visually stunning site - countless Rats literally filling an entire swimming pool.

As B-Movies go, this is quite enjoyable.
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Do you remember the grade B monster films of the 50's? Typically the hero was a handsome scientist type who with an equally attractive scientist-girlfriend would meet and defeat a slimy and laughably cheesy monster. Along the way, of course, a number of country-bumpkin types would get gobbled up before the male and female hero leads would discover true love just about the same time as they discovered the monster's Achilles heel. Now flash forward some forty years. Romance between the leads has vanished with the female lead an often tough-talking Sigourney Weaver-type who battles a monster that in terms of special effects and computer animation is far more scary than its predecessors of the 50's. In RATS, director John Lafia has combined the best of both decades of monster making films. There is indeed a romance between the handsome male lead (Vincent Spano) and the ... divorcee (Madchen Amick) who discover their own form of ... love (remember RATS is an updated version of a 50's mentality that did not permit the leads to kiss until the last reel) while battling a massive horde of genetically enhanced superrats. A number of scenes are both amusing and horrifying at the same time. Early in the picture, a slobby landlord who likes to adopt rats suddenly sees a strange-looking addition to his heretofore friendly collection. While the audience is screaming for him to not to approach it, he cooingly sticks his finger in the rat's mouth with a predictable result. Within moments he is, of course, picked clean. Later there is a most amazing scene of rats in a pool, possibly millions of them, squiggling around in a writhing, breathing mess. Into this verminous brew, Miss Amick rather unsurprisingly tumbles.Read more ›
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