The Hive – 2014
Dir. David Yarovesky
USA – 120 mins.
What do you get when you add one part Memento, one part The Borg from Star Trek, one part 28 Days Later, one part Evil Dead and sprinkle with some illogical scenarios? You get the latest movie distributed by Nerdist Industries called The Hive. I went to see this one night event presented by Fathom Events and Nerdist Industries being billed as a zombie thriller in the theater. Before the movie even started there were thirty minutes of banter from Chris Hardwick and others from The Nerdist team as they discuss some effects and music from the film plus a brief but incomplete run down of the different types of zombies in film and the definition and examples of real hives and how they work, mostly from the insect world. Ok enough of the blah blah blah, let’s get on with this movie already.
But before we do let me start off by saying, I know I am a tough critic. I know I have a reputation for hating everything. I know most of the things I like other people don’t and most of the things other people like, I don’t. I really went in this open minded and was hoping to discover some enjoyable new movie I could share with everyone. With that being said I will say this, David Yarovesky’s directorial sophomore full length is a very ambitious effort.
So the movie which is described as having no shot longer then 10 seconds is comprised of mostly teenagers throughout and should fit right in with today’s ADHD MTV audience. The story opens with our main character waking up in a cabin where a messy commotion has taken place and he has no recollection of who he is, what happened or why he is there. He sees some hand drawn pics on a wall and drawings of a girl with the words REMEMBER written in chalk above them. From there he slowly remembers bits and pieces of the past and through a series of flash backs pieces the story together. But are they all of his memories or is he able to tap into a bigger collective?
One of the biggest problems with the film is everyone seems to be concerned with everything else except what is the most obvious, which is the chick tied to the chair spewing black vomit and saying “we” instead of “I” and speaking in numerous voices. If you were in a predicament like this would you really care who your girlfriend slept with or would you think, ‘Holy shit my girlfriend is a black vomiting demon slut from hell and possessed by some malevolent creature. I need to get the fuck out of here.’ The reactions of the characters seem somewhat illogical and more forced to keep the story moving along.
And then there are the scenarios, you know where somehow keys to vehicles magically appear from up in the visor or left in the ignition as they always so frequently seem to be. Like I said, it was an ambitious effort to tell a unique story in a series of flash backs based on forgotten memories, but you really need to have not only the story fleshed out in full, but the reactions and believability to your characters. Really? True love conquers all even though I just met you like 2 days ago?
What about the zombies you ask? Well they are not really zombies per say, not in the decaying dead people rising up and chomping down on human flesh, they are zombies in the sense that they are infected with a virus that makes you real ugly and you spit black vomit into people to spread said infection and you can all be part of The Hive.
Like I said it was an ambitious effort, just needed some more rewrites. A masochist? Hate yourself? Then give this a watch when it is available through multiple digital platforms on September 28th.