Written by Paula Limbaugh
Director: Vladimir Uglichin
Cast: Casper Van Dien, Victoria Summer, Catherine Oxenberg, Linda Bella
Ooh, Ratpocalypse!! Sounds like the beginning of a good cheesy horror movie! Hmm… key word-sounds. Yep, it sounded like something I could get into but, no go. An Oscar winning producer, stars that are known, and I was sooo disappointed. I knew by the title it was probably a B movie, but Hey, there are some really entertaining B movies out there, this just doesn’t happen to be one of them. Okay, so let me tell you what this is about…
Van Dien plays an American senator, John Perryman who is basically a good guy. One night he has a nightmare about rats and a mission is revealed to him. He must rid the world of corruption starting with the Russian government. Scheduled to give a speech before the Russian government he veers from his planned talk and begins warning everyone that they are doomed if they don’t change their ways. Of course, he gets laughed at and his peers think he is having a nervous breakdown.
Ah, now this is where it should start to get interesting. Officials all around Russia are turning into rats. Suddenly those who were laughing at Perryman are now trying to bribe him with wealth for an antidote to cure the rat men. With a reward offered for his capture, everyone is out to get him! With the help of a couple of prostitutes he befriends, Perryman evades capture until the bitter end.
Note, I said it should start to get interesting, but alas, for me it began to fall apart. The rat men are silly looking and in this modern age of CGI, you would have thought they could come up with something better. The dialogue is stilted and the acting is hammy. Maybe if this was marketed as a sci-fi/horror farce I wouldn’t have felt so let-down. But, truthfully, I just can’t find any redeeming qualities to speak of. I’m sorry if my review is offensive to anyone, but like all reviews, this is just one person’s opinion.