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The Rats Review


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Lock the doors and bolt the windows, because they're coming--thousands of big, smelly rats, scampering underneath New York City, sticking their long, slippery noses above the sewers! With a premise involving critters overrunning a major metropolitan area, The Rats has potential. After all, the concept undeniably sparks interest; if rats helped spread a deadly plague through Europe during the 14th century, think of the possible bacterial chaos they could erupt in modern-day Manhattan.

The Rats, however, aims for a much lower target. Instead of disease and contamination possibilities, the movie involves a violent colony of genetically altered rodents overrunning a Manhattan department store on a rampage to terrorize the entire city. Why would a colony of rats want to seize the population of New York? The movie does not have this answer, so it continually features scenes of the rats scurrying through pipes, sewers, subways, stores, and just about every else. Occasionally, an innocent bystander gets in their way, and they quickly become rodent food.

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