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The Swarm

The Swarm

(Edit) 16/02/2018

Like it or not...I still ponder, but being a big fan of Irwin Allen's previous outings such as THE TOWERING INFERNO and THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, I approached this film cautiously given how bad a reputation it had for being a bad film. Undeniably it is for most part not a very good film, dialogue, characters and the overall premise (that being an imminent attack of killer bees which apparently was meant to be something of a true prediction) are badly realized. Much of the film consists of cast members shouting at each other when at odds, specifically Michael Caine and Richard Wydmark, the other cast members (mostly the older character actors such as Olivia de Havilland and Ben Johnson) fare a little better in scenes where the action switches to the small town where the killer bees attack, but that's about as good as it gets.

By the time this film came out in 1978 I think it was the kind of film that people in general turned away from in light of other types of films which were superior in quality in the genre of escapist entertainment, that being said, if you have a soft spot (as I do) for what is characterized at the concept of "its so bad its good" in film terms then you may find some joy amidst all the faults, to a small extent I did, in the meanwhile I will revisit the likes of POSEIDON and INFERNO as better exmples of the Irwin Allen brand of entertainment.

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