Friday, May 8, 2009

The Satan Bug

The Satan Bug (1965)

Slightly Trashy

Boring thriller. Two killer viruses, one capable of wiping out a whole city in a matter of hours, the other capable of killing every living thing on Earth, are stolen from the lab by... terrorists I guess. Folks must race against time to get the viruses back, while the terrorists have fun destroying major cities.

Put that way, it almost sounds like a pretty cool movie. Throw in Bruce Willis as the lead and maybe you've got something.

But yeah, this movie wasn't all that interesting. I don't actually remember very much of it which is bad seeing as I only watched it on Tuesday. I think I was tooling around on Facebook or playing Runescape or something for the duration of the film.

This movie wasn't bad by any means, it just wasn't remotely interesting. I can't really think of any redeeming perks it had. It just crawled along and I couldn't really figure out why anybody was doing anything they were doing in the movie. One of the guys turned out to be evil sort of towards the end and I guess he explained why he did what he did but I couldn't make sense of it.

It kind of puts some more modern thrillers into perspective - for example, anything with Harrison Ford, made interesting by lots of special FX and explosions (which were notably lacking in this film) but generally convoluted and incomprehensible in the plot department. Like, really. If someone can explain the plot of Clear and Present Danger in a way I can understand, they win a jar of mayonnaise.

So, I guess the reason this movie seems crappy to me is because it is really old. Also, it is disappoitingly mistitled as it has nothing to do with Satan or his/her bugs. Suck.


Directed by: John Sturges. Written by: James Clavell & Edward Anhalt based on the novel by Ian Stuart. Starring: George Maharis, Ricgard Basehart, Anne Francis, Dana Andrews, Simon Oakland, James Hong.

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