Antz (1998)


Movie Review

Directed by: Eric Darnell and Tim Johnson

Starring: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Lopez, Christopher Walken, Anne Bancrft, Dan Aykroyd, and Danny Glover

In Antz, Dreamworks replaces the concept of a worker bee with a worker ant.  Z (Woody Allen) is a low-ranking working-class member of a totalitarian society ruled by the Queen (Anne Bancroft).  On his tunnel-digging job, Z is oppressed by General Mandible (Gene Hackman) and Colonel Cutter (Christopher Walken).  Mandible is power hungry and convinces the Queen that they need to preemptively attack the termites to prevent an invasion.  Determined to build an army of powerful ants to take over the colony, General Mandible sends a number of worker ants all loyal to the Queen to their deaths against the termites.  Z is charged with facing the termites and is the only survivor among his friends and fellow soldiers.  He feels trapped in a conformist society and decides to journey toward Insectopia to find a better life.  With breathtaking visuals, a stellar cast, and brilliant storytelling loosely based on Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World, you can’t go wrong with Antz.  This wonderful animated film gets a sober rating.



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