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on 18 January 2016
A sci-fi classic of yester year. I've always loved this film since I saw it as a young child. Everything hangs together perfectly, the cast and locations are all solid, as are the early era special effects. The giant ants bought to life wonderfully, and shot very well when see. If you love other 50's and 60's sci-fi or monster classics, then this is for you. The disc is region free so will work in the UK and the print itself is a nice sharp transfer.
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A little girl is found wandering in the desert, the sole survivor of her family, and the only word she can say is, "THEM!" A local police officer (James Whitmore) and an FBI agent (James Arness) investigate the mystery with the help of a lovely scientist (Joan Weldon).

One of the best of the fifties sci-fi movies, "Them" has a good cast, a serious and at times, even educational tone to the script, and giant ants that are usually half-hidden in the dark. (Just as well, because they're pretty lame by today's standards, but still fun for nostalgia-fans.)

It's wholesome entertainment that would only scare small children these days, but those who love the genre will appreciate the sincere and solemn characters who risk their lives to save mankind from atom bomb-mutated bugs. A simple story with good acting that is still entertaining.
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VINE VOICEon 24 February 2003
A classic movie from the 1950s has finally come to a mass audience thanks to the wonders of DVD. Beautifully filmed and acted, with a rousing music score and eerie sound effects. The story centres around the discovery of giant ants which have evolved from radiation dust from the first atomic bomb explosion at White Sands, Mexico 1945. The ants, although they do look artificial, are menacing enough. There are some great scenes in the film, notably the search in the giant ant nest, the ants on a drifting ship, and the final confrontation beneath the Los Angeles sewers which have to be seen to be believed.
Overall, a must see if you are a fan of the old movies. Even if you havent seen this, give it a try. Picture and sound are quite good considering the film's age. Trailer is good too.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 14 February 2011
Nice 50's 'B movie' dealing once again with the after effects of nuclear weapons testing this time in the shape of enormous ants running amok first in the desert before spreading their wings and establishing colonies in New Mexico and central Los Angeles!
Although I say B movie the budget looked considerable for this production with lots of 15 foot ants on display as well as a large cast, not too shabby special effects and good locations. Of course it is an old black and white film so whilst there is little here to shock and disturb modern audiences nonetheless there are scenes that certainly pushed the boundaries for films of that era; one scene in particular showing an ant holding a stripped rib cage in its mandibles before letting it roll down hill to join a skull and other remains stands out in that respect.
There are elements which aren't very credible such as the manner in which the giant ants can seemingly spread themselves over vast areas without being observed and the government don't seem to have much of a sense of urgency considering the threat to humanity! It is nicely done though and no mean effort to pull of such an ambitious idea with such style and aplomb. A very good example of films of its type.
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on 9 September 2011
Without a doubt one of the best sci-fi films of the 50s. The black and white photography, the stunning sets, the eerie sounds which herald the proximity of the creatures, everything makes for a classic creature film. The actors, particularly James Whitmore, do a pretty good job, although I felt that James Arness as the FBI agent was involved in too much. Surely when the climactic scenes occur in Los Angeles the agent's superiors would have taken over the role, just as more competent superiors would have blasted the desert ant-hill in the first place. Clearly the producers felt that having Whitmore and Arness in leading roles they needed to be involved in as many scenes as possible. Edmond Gwenn was a bit over the top as the eccentric entomologist. His scenes on the airplane's intercom were embarrassing. The little girl was superb as the shell-shocked orphan who only responds to formic acid. But the real stars of the film are the giant ants. Even now when I see ants scurrying across my kitchen floor in mid-summer I think about THEM. If you haven't seen this movie, buy it. It's cheap enough.
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This film opens with a Police Sargent and his partner finding a young girl, in somewhat cationic state, wandering in the desert. As the narrative progresses, it appears that the earliest atomic tests in New Mexico have had some form of accumulative effect in the evolutionary path of certain invertebrate. The results are not good, as it causes common ants to metamorphose into giant man-eating freaks that threaten humanity.

Into the picture then come Edmund Gwenn and Joan Weldon, entomologists, and James Arness, FBI man. With the aid, of the military, in the form of air force officers Onslow Stevens and Sean McClory; the little group attempts to wipe out the nest of the mutated monsters with flamethrowers and gas – before they disperse across the world.

With good casting and decent script, all of which helped make the proceedings tense, interesting and, unexpectedly enough, rather convincing. Perhaps it is the film's austere and seemingly factual approach, which is its top attribute.
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on 12 January 2012
Them is one of the better creature features of the 50's. The huge ants still look pretty realistic.
The first half hour is simply brilliant, then we have a dip in the middle before the climax in the sewers of LA.

The acting is brilliant the script even better, it's a really tight movie and when you consider the over the top subject nature it feels all the way through like a professional movie. I am sure at the time that movie goers and critics would have been impressed with the seriousness of the film and this has not changed.

Even though I absolutely love the cover for the DVD, it is a bit misleading. Nobody unfortunetly is seen being eaten by any of the ants, and they do not roam around on the streets of LA. This is a slight sticking point, was this down to budget? Having these ants let loose on the streets would have been fun. I also feel that the second half of the movie is not as strong as the first. However lets not be churlish here, this is a wonderful movie. Highly watchable.
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on 19 February 2011
Another one of those films which scared the daylights out of me when I was a kid,and still carries well today. Even before the ants appear,the suspense is gradually built up with the police investigating a ripped-up caravan and building,mysterious disappearances and a young girl found wandering in the desert,occasionally accompanied by the disturbing whistling of the ants in the distance. The giant ants (full size 8ft models) are well animated,and scenes such as an ant appearing on the rise just behind the female scientist,and where the searchers find the nest in the desert to witness an ant emerge carrying a human ribcage,are particularly memorable. Don't dismiss this film as just another mutant monster movie. It's a classic story,and for the time it was made it's superb.
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on 18 August 2009
Them [DVD] [1954] The best creature feature I ever saw as a child. The effect stayed with me for years, and while the acting is a bit clunky at times it still outshines many of its contemporaries. This ranks alongside the incredible shrinking man and the fly (original)for creepy crawly horror!
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on 11 June 2009
Immensely watchable scifi chiller with great production values, a very good screenplay and some silly looking monsters. This is actually a very tongue in cheek parody of the hysterical anti communist era it was made in, and if you're not convinced, watch it again, as I did, just to listen out for the references to McCarthyism and the mock paranoid remarks about liberals and journalists and media men. Even without the double meaning this is a fun film, slick, busy and intelligent. The creatures they chose to portray are the perfect metaphor for the reds on the march. This is Hollywood having a go back at the right wing scaremongers who really believed Hollywood was riddled with commies.
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