Stung (2015)

Plot Overview

Julia and Paul are caterers for a fancy garden party in the country when killer wasps attack the guests, planting their eggs inside them and creating 7-foot tall mutated killer wasps.

Review

The film starts off slow, but was actually the most interesting part of the film to me. We meet Paul and Julia as they are on their way to the party. It’s quite clear it is not taking itself seriously and has a lot of fun making fun of itself and referencing other films. Unfortunately, it’s never funny. Some lines of dialogue and a few visual gags are amusing, but it never makes you laugh. It’s not unfunny, it’s just… there.

I thought the characters were surprisingly decent, but again, they’re not particularly memorable or original or exciting. They’re just there. But you do want to see them succeed. Matt O’Leary and Lance Henriksen are the clear stand-outs in the cast; the former doing quite a lot with what he had – camping it up just enough, but not too much and being surprisingly likable. Jessica Cook’s Julia is nothing amazing, but is a step up from the usual stereotypical ‘sexy, but useless’ female character.

When the insects attack, we get a pretty decent amount of action from them. The gore is quite good (some of it is pretty bad CGI, but for the most part it looks good), it’s over-the-top and doesn’t shy away. But again, it’s never fun. I can’t even work out what exactly is missing because it seems to do everything right but it just never is. The set pieces are nice as well.

Summary

It sounded like a fun creature-feature, so I was looking forward to it but was disappointed in how boring it was. By the end, it feels like it’s been going for a long time and that a lot of it drags. I guess it’s pacing issues and a lack of spark that stops it from being really good. It has some positives, but as a whole they never come together. Matt O’Leary being cute was probably what made it watchable.


Rating: 5/10

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