Them (1954)

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Before the world had the complex issue of “Global Warming” to worry about and frighten people there was the very real threat of nuclear destruction. Many of the old science fiction movies made during the 50’s and 60’s were made to propagate the threat of annihilation because of the use of nuclear energy.

Unlike today’s threat of “Global Warming” which is just a scare tactic. The threat was created by the elite to control the population. They gave people something to fear which allows the governments of the United States to control the population, by limiting their choices and freedoms.

I never saw the movie Them until it come to the television screen. I first watched the movie when it was presented by the TV channel “American Movie Classics”. According to today’s standards the movie might be considered very unrealistic and unbelievable. The special effects are poorly done, but considered good for the 1950’s. I find the movie entertaining like so many other movies created during the early 1950’s. I have an unusual fascination for movies produced in black and white. Perhaps I like them because during my childhood and teenage years my family didn’t have a color television. I consider black and white movies to be comfort food for my mind. Science fiction movies are my favorite genera.

Storyline

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In the New Mexico desert, Police Sgt. Ben Peterson and his partner find a child wandering in the desert and soon they discover that giant ants are attacking the locals. FBI agent Robert Graham teams up with Ben and then with the support of Dr. Harold Medford and his daughter Dr. Patricia ‘Pat’ Medford, they destroy the colony of ants in the middle of the desert. Dr. Harold Medford explains that the atomic testing in 1945 developed the dangerous mutant ants. But they also discover that two queen ants have flown away to Los Angeles and they are starting a huge colony in the underground of the city. When a mother reports that her two children are missing, the team and the army have a lead to follow. Will they arrive in time to save the children and destroy the colony?

Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Source: IMDB

Police Sgt. Ben Peterson finds a little girl wandering aimlessly in the New Mexico desert. Next the young girl is traced to the family’s camping trailer a few miles away where there is no sign of her parents and the trailer itself has been badly damaged.

Soon after Peterson’s partner and the owner of a general store are also killed. Being unsure what they have on their hands. They are soon joined by FBI Agent Robert Graham and two doctors from the Department of Agriculture, Harold Medford and his daughter Pat.

When it is discovered that there is a nest of giant mutated ants resulting from the atomic tests in the desert 10 years before. They don’t quite manage to kill all of them, however. Soon the ants migrate to Los Angeles and establish a nest in the vast subterranean sewer system.

them 1954 – Bing
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