Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Phase IV (1974)

Paramount Pictures
Directed by Saul Bass
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Olive Films)

Ants react to a cosmic event by becoming super intelligent. A team of scientists is sent to Arizona to study them. They work in a dome near their geometrically shaped hives. A young woman takes refuge with them when the ants attack her family. Soon, the ants are inside the dome, forcing the scientists to fight or flee. In one of the stranger endings you will ever see, they end up joining the ants instead. This replaced the original ending, which I have not seen. Famous title designer Saul Bass's only directorial effort has plenty of flair and close-up imagery of ants, but lacks a compelling plot or characters. Nonetheless, intriguing and at times hypnotic, helped by electronic music by David Vorhaus and Desmond Briscoe.

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