COCKROACH TIDE (2020) Review: Warped science unleashes super-roach horror

 

Cockroach Tide is a 2020 Chinese science-fiction horror film about a doomed project to create artificially intelligent cockroaches. Also known as Khepri Cockroach Tide

Directed by Cui Yanlong aka Channel Cho from a screenplay co-written with Zhao Xuewei, the Youku production stars Zina Blahusova (Hostel), Edwin Gerard, Jin Jia, Jiang Yixuan, Ji Yawen, Xu Shaowu and Jia Shuyi.

Plot:

As the human population grows, more and more garbage is produced, and environmental pollution is becoming a bigger issue. With the global advocacy of environmental protection, PDR Biotech uses gene fusion technology to create a “super cockroach” that claims to be able to quickly eliminate any garbage and is safe and controllable.

Company leader Victor is ambitious and wants to use the super cockroach to change the world, so he rented an entire freighter with the super cockroach to show the technology to the world.

Unexpectedly, on the way to the destination, control of hundreds of thousands of super cockroaches on the ship is lost and they attack and devour everyone on the ship.

In order to survive, the ship’s first officer Qiao Jianghe and Victor join forces to lead the survivors to do everything possible to escape from the super cockroaches.

However, just as everyone is about to escape from the bug siege, Qiao Jianghe discovers that the super cockroach attacks were not a mistake, and there is a bigger conspiracy…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

Cockroach Tide had potential, a threat that makes people’s skin crawl and a claustrophobic setting. But even when it does come up with a good idea such as the bugs queen controlling the corpse of the ship’s captain (Shaowu Xu) it doesn’t do much with it […] Cockroach Tide ends with a lesson on how to sort garbage. It’s a fitting image for a film that should have been chucked in a dumpster with the roaches.” Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

Zina Blahusova … Ailie
Edwin Gerard … Doctor Victor
Yixuan Jiang … Sihan Qiao
Jia Jin … Jianghe Qiao
Shaowu Xu … Captain

Original title:

蟑潮

Trailer:

MOVIES and MANIA comment and rating:

The CGI images in Cockroach Tide as some of the worst ever created (mainly the ship, not the bugs). The brainless script isn’t much better although the greed-themed human conflicts are amusing, at least. This should have been titled ‘Cockroach Trash’.

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