Having recently discussed my overbearing fear of the little yellow death machines just a few weeks ago I felt it would be appropriate to make a ‘bee line’ in reviewing Tsunambee.
The story follows a group of people on the run, trying to find safety from a post apocalyptic environment, unsure of what is happening to the world they bump into a couple of hillbillies and the local sheriff.
It doesn’t take long before we get to see the first bee encounter, forget Sharknado this is Beenado coming in hot, these giant bitches are looking to cause some damage and one of the survivors meets a bloody end.
The sheriff knows of a house nearby which they aim for shelter, after a fair amount of waffle and unnecessary dialogue, the group come up with a plan to find a vehicle and escape. The house occupies the majority of the remainder of the film with only a small segment towards the end showing some relief from the static location – the plot completely stagnates at this point.
In terms of character development almost all are on the same playing field, with the sheriff (Stacy Pederson) and Tubs (Charlie Aligaen) one of the survivors from the city taking some lime light, unfortunately as an overall cast quite forgettable.
Personally it just lacked some fun, whereas the likes of Sharknado bring relief in sheer ridiculousness Tsunambee has a more serious stance which is applied to all elements on the film, maybe it would have shared a slightly better fate had it taken itself a little less serious.
If you’re in for the long haul expect a very lacklustre middle segment filled with nothing more than dialogue until the final sequence is upon us, in this time you will more than likely be looking at your phone or contemplating watching something else............put lightly it takes some determination to see this one through.
The concept of the bee stings turning the unfortunate victims into a zombiefied state didn’t go unnoticed and adding some intrigue into the bees themselves though even this element is limited to the lack of actual victims.
Brace yourself for the CGI bonanza, this is BEE movie action all the way, the bees themselves look like hornets on steroids, massive in size but end up hampered by effects, with the highly exposed shots and the computer added bees we are left with the critters sticking out like a sore thumb.
The camera filter is off putting at times, I’m sure it’s to give the ‘post apocalyptic’ feel but inevitably gives the film a washed out appearance, daylight scenes are massively overexposed providing quite a dull palette for the eyes whilst anything shot at night is painfully dark.
Overall, for what it’s worth Tsunambee can be described as fairly qwerky, however lacks so far in content that in the end we are left with a mere mediocre experience where even fans of the ‘silly’ creature flicks like the aforementioned Sharknado will struggle to enjoy this one. The title does bear some confusion – to me a Tsunambee would imply a combination of bees and Tsunami’s however it’s more a bee/tornado concoction, a strange title choice.
Tsunambee buzzes onto VOD June 13th.