Empire of the Ants Reviews
Though the film has a pretty amazing cast (Joan Collins, Robert Lansing, Jacqueline Scott, etc) they are never used to their full potential as the dialogue doesn't quite live up to their abilities.
Of course, the whole story of giant kill ants terrorizing a bunch of lam-os attending a "purchase swampland in Florida" sales pitch is pretty weak already so when you add in the poor script and lack luster directing, Empire of the Ants isn't likely to win over much more than young kids... and those of us who are still kids at heart.
How does this happen? How can you cast veteran actors like Joan Collins (Dynasty) and Robert Lansing (Kung Fu: The Legend Continues) to star in a huge piece of crap like this? Well I guess its not hard, just offer them most of the money that you have been allotted to make the picture. Other than Joan and Robert the rest of the actors are laughable at best; to the point where I was actually relieved when certain cast members were killed. But, that's just one of the problems with the movie.
The movie is loosely based on a short story by H.G. Wells. It's main focus is on a group of tourists on a timeshare tour when they run into a bunch of radiated and mutated ants. Funny thing about the movie is that the ants are never the same size; they grow and shrink depending on the scene. In some cases Ants are as big as dump trucks, in others they are about the size of an average man. The director had trouble controlling the ants so in some scenes you have ants crawling on the sky or trying to climb up the sides of a tiny set. Its pretty eff'ng hilarious.
There is nothing in this movie that makes it actually scary, it is just a terrible film. I dare anyone to watch this movie and tell me that it was amazing! You couldn't! Its hard to fathom how this movie even made it to the big screen. And so I give this movie a 2 out of 10. It made me chuckle, and if you want to fit this one into a movie marathon I would sandwich this in between Eaten Alive and the original The Crazies.
I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords
The acting was seriously atrocious but for me that was about as bad as it got, contrary to what allot of people think about this movie I loved the special effects. The effects themselves mainly contained actual footage of real ants edited into filmed jungle and any close up shots are plastic ants covering the helpless individual, I never really look at the effects of films much because I believe it leaves more room for the imagination and story unlike films like Avatar which do everything for you. You can really see the story is the work of H.G. Wells, the idea was superb and the only other time I have seen giant ants is in films where people have been shrunk as opposed to the ants being enlarged.
A concept I admired allot is how the movie points out how smart ants are and how much of a threat they can pose, it's a fact ants herd Aphids like we herd cattle and they grow fungus deep underground much like we cultivate crops, in my opinion they are much more intelligent than Dolphins and actual have been classed as ' Nomadic ' by experts. Some bad points I couldn't help but laugh at were the scenes that included the ant vision and in most of the stock footage you could see the ant's put their legs on the side of the glass tank in which they were being filmed. As this is a rather original story then it must be considered fresh in a sense but I would sure like to see a remake of this.