Scott Jeffrey for Jagged Edge Productions
directed by Scott Jeffrey
starring Ricardo Freitas, Amanda-Jade Tyler, Andrew Rolfe, Megan Purvis, Abi Casson Thompson, Jamie Robertson, Jodie Bennet, Derek Nelson, Mya Brown, Nick Danan, Brendan Jones, Barbara Dabson, Sarah T. Cohen, Zoe Purdy, Kathi DeCouto, Tom Taplin, Rob Marshall
written by Scott Jeffrey, music by Andy Fosberry, special effects makeup by Claire Haxell-White
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After a scientist (Nick Danan) is killed under freakish yet
inexplicable circumstances, the police calls zoologist Alan (Ricardo
Freitas) for help - but his best bet is that the murder has been committed
by a giant rat. As weird as this sound, it's still the best explanation
for what has happened, so the police kind of go with it, but do everything
that the information doesn't slip out, fearing either a mass panic or mass
ridicule. Oh, and we the audience of course know it's absolutely true, as
the deceased kept a mutated rat in his lab. Alan really gets into the case
head over heels, as for one he's going through a nasty divorce and needs
something to take his mind of things, but also he feels attracted to the
victim's widow Linda (Amanda-Jade Tyler), a renowned scientist in her own
right, and the attraction is mutual. Also, Alan is confirmed in his theory
about the giant rat soon, as he's one day attacked by it at Linda's place.
Eventually too, the rat attacks people at a restaurant in the wide open,
and that's when the fact can no longer be kept from the public. So with
the help of Linda, his assistant Julie (Abi Casson Thompson), and cops
McKenna (Andrew Rolfe) and Chambers (Megan Purvis), Alan wants to lure the
rat into a trap - a bloody good one, too, if it wasn't for the fact that
one of the group is actually team mutant rat, and the mutant rat also has
growth spurts that eventually grow it into giant creature territory ...
this is a movie that's probably easily dismissed by non genre fans for
being unapologetically serious about its very far-fetched story - and
that's exactly the attraction of this movie, really, that it's somewhat of
a throwback to low budget creature features from (roughly speaking) the
1940s to the 1980s that might have been silly in their earnestness, but
did know how to pack a punch. And thus, this film is a slickly produced
and directed and well-acted genre piece that's welcomely devoid of any
post-moderninst irony and parodistic elements and instead puts its energy
into telling a tight story, as ridiculous as it might objetively be. So
basically, if you're into creature features, this is well worth a watch.