Deadly Creatures - first look

Rainbow Studios merges Antz with Reservoir Dogs

How%26rsquo;s this for an opener? A gas station manager, incensed by seeing his beloved business go up in flames, pins the crime on a scorpion and a tarantula. Rewind time 24 hours to follow said beasties as we work toward and discover the reasons behind this unlikely conclusion.

It%26rsquo;s a time-hopping structure cribbed from Tarantino in a world nabbed from David Attenborough - an odd pairing. It%26rsquo;s also quite brilliant. You see, Rainbow%26rsquo;s last Wii project may have been Cars: Mater-National, but Deadly Creatures couldn%26rsquo;t be further from Pixar cute. These aren%26rsquo;t the wisecracking arachnids from A Bug%26rsquo;s Life; they%26rsquo;re less likely to drop a funny than send you to the morgue with a snick to your toe. They%26rsquo;re not the greatest narrators, but this isn%26rsquo;t really their story; by stepping into their (many) shoes, we become a fly on the wall for the real story playing out in the human world around them.

On first impressions, this just seems to be a double-hander of %26lsquo;insect fight club%26rsquo; and %26lsquo;way of the insect ninja%26rsquo;. The scorpion is a poisonous pugilist, grinding through predators with pincer jabs and tail stings, while the tarantula is a stealth machine, lowering himself from the ceiling to pick away at the enemy ranks one by one. A quick glance reveals two of nature%26rsquo;s nastiest creatures going about their business; you need to look harder for the grand narrative.

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