Black Swarm Reviews
What makes Black Swarm slightly different to hundreds of other killer insect films is that the wasps are parasitic and once inside a human host they turn the human into a zombie like creature, i.e. a drone wasp. This idea actually creates a reasonable amount of tension at the start of the film as we see more and more people becoming hosts. Sadly though, other than this one bit of originality the film is entirely made up of clichés, right down to the utterly pointless twist and the incredibly stupid military plot. Still though it manages to be entertaining enough which is mostly down to England thanks to his wonderfully over the top performance as the mad scientist. The other acting is passable and the CG effects are above average for a TV film. What Black Swarm lacks is action; there simply isn't enough screen time for the wasps. Instead we are treated to too many shots of mindless drones walking about town which no one seems to notice. Characters also have the amazing ability to know who has been killed despite not being anywhere near the killing, a stupid final revelation, idiotic military personnel, disappearing helicopters and plenty of other goofs.
Still you have to give credit for at least attempting to create a fresh spin on a very tired genre and interesting first and final acts. It's the middle section that slows the story down and gets a little too ridiculous. If you urn your brain off and just enjoy England hamming it up then there is entertainment to be found here just expect to laugh at how stupid it all is.