Phase IV

1974

Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller

7
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 50%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 56%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 7059

Synopsis


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June 17, 2019 at 03:12 AM

Director

Cast

Nigel Davenport as Dr. Ernest D. Hubbs
Michael Murphy as James R. Lesko
720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
705.05 MB
1280*714
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 24 min
P/S 1 / 5
1.33 GB
1920*1072
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 24 min
P/S 5 / 9

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Platypuschow 8 / 10

Phase IV: Incredible piece of cinema

Though there are plenty of movies with ants as the antagonist I'll have to be honest with the exception of Them (1954) I've never really been able to take them seriously as a viable threat. I mean seriously, ants?

Phase IV managed to change my mind on that and made ants a legitimately terrifying credible enemy.

It tells the story of a pair of scientists who set up a lab in the middle of the desert where ants seem to have taken over. Right beside a failed desert development they underestimate the intelligence of their diminutive foes.

The first thing that struck me was how good it all looked, the movie is years ahead of its time in both cinematography and practical effects. The ant sequences are truly remarkable and not rushed as you tend to expect them to be for the mid 70's. They take their time, intricately crafting the ants world, telling their silent story and solidifying their credibility as threats to mankind.

I went in expecting some hammy mess, what I got was an elusive diamond in the rough and I'm very very impressed.

Well acted, visually stunning and paced perfectly Phase IV is a great sci-fi piece that didn't deserve to go under the radar the way it did.

Fantastic stuff.

The Good:

Well ahead of its time

Looks great

Ant footage is very impressive

Strong cast

The Bad:

The nagging concern of possible animal cruelty

Silly ant noises

Reviewed by jonathan-577 9 / 10

a mind-blowing original

Of course Bass, who as you know is Mr. Title Sequence Animator (Hitchcock, Golden Arm, Goodfellas...) is not what you'd call an Actor's Director. But while I won't say that the wooden vagueness of the dialogue scenes was deliberate, I will say that it is entirely functional. You don't even see an actor for the first ten minutes - you see extended macro-photography of (real) ants plotting to take over the world, and THEY are brilliantly characterized. That lead-in clarifies that what we are watching is some kind of experimental film; which is reinforced by the bizarre abstract obelisks the ants construct for their nefarious designs, not to mention the repeated shots of ants crawling out of holes in people's palms - hmmm where have I seen THAT before? But it's not arid or obscure - it's gripping and extremely creepy. Yes, the characters vague out over time - what starts as a classic 50s sci-fi study-them-or-blow-them-up debate becomes lost in panic and impotence, and the teenage girl they rescue barely enters the foreground long enough to establish a character. And yes, this absolutely serves the material, as these researchers find out that they're in the petri dish themselves: lab rats don't have personalities. The scene where the lone ant gathers the dead is absolutely terrifying, because it evokes sympathy and empathy: pesticide as inter-species class war. And the 'happy' ending is anything but, and is spectacularly perverse, wrong in exactly the right way. The lights come up on you shaking your head in astonishment.

Reviewed by raegan_butcher 9 / 10

Trippy & Ambiguous Sci Fi

I have seen this film numerous times, starting when I was ten yrs old and it has always had a peculiar fascination for me. It moves a bit slower than most modern viewers are used to but it is pretty compelling stuff.The ant photography is amazing. When I was a small boy and I heard about this I was expecting something along the lines of THEM! and anyone who has seen this knows it is about as far from that as you can imagine. But even as a youngster wanting something more un-subtle and action-oriented, I was not turned off by PHASE IV's slow art-film qualities.It is a shame Saul Bass never directed again because this was a valiant effort to do something a little different. I say bravo! Seen in widescreen for the first time after years of TV viewings and the panned & scanned VHS the new DVD of Phase IV is a revelation. The compositions and use of color are masterful.

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