The Rats (2002) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
This "nature gone wrong" film had some potential.
No matter where you are in New York City, there is a
rat within five feet. The creature threat here consists of those
millions of rats lurking just behind the walls, just beneath the
floors, teeming through the subway tunnels, sewers and cellars of New
York City. What if that immense population of hungry, rabid rodents
suddenly became unmanageable?
Kim Poirier is topless in the opening scene -
she's trying on clothing in the dressing room of a posh New York
The film is full of creepy scenes of people walking
through the forgotten and abandoned spaces of a large old city, with
rats watching them, sometimes attacking them. About half of this film is really
The other half is surreal and silly-looking. Example. A janitor who loves rats
suddenly turns on one who bites him. The rest of the rats cease to be
docile and attack him. The janitor then throws himself around his
basement living space while wearing a suit covered with plastic rats -
all of this to simulate the rat attack.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description,
C-. It had its creepy, scary moments, but it also
was - can you say this about a rat movie - "cheesy"
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