I enjoyed the opening credits of bright green coming at you while some action western music is playing. The opening scene has a lot of action. US forces are fighting against...Taliban? In Iraqistan or somewhere? One US soldier is killed. The enemy is carried off by BA spiders. The grasp of the spider causes one to shoot their guns aimlessly into the air instead of at the spider. A spider crawls into the mouth of the dead American soldier and makes it back to the US where through a number of plot continuity issues it is released into the Arizona desert. Do we really transport deceased soldiers in wooden crate boxes?
The spiders are about the size of a cat. No one steps on them or crushes them. They can outrun a human and leap 6 feet into the air. They are very aggressive and always attack people's head...or crotch in one case. There are a number of groups of people trapped by the spiders, who for some reason hunt humans as pack animals. The spiders appear to be CG as are the flames from the guns.
C. Thomas Howell plays the local sheriff and is not the main character. Brian Krause is the main character. The dialouge was unimaginative and boring as were the characters tossed at us.
Little girl: "Mom, are we going to die?"
Mom: "No we're not going to die. We are going to be just fine.
Little girl: "Well, then can you and daddy get back together?"
At one point we hear "Technically they are not spiders because they have six legs." If you count the legs: eight.
The film reminded me of that old fashion Roger Corman over the top bad scenes. 2 stars is generous. Might work as a rental for the early tween.
No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Mild swearing, teens making out, rear urination scene, occasional blood squirt.