Tsunambee: A Review
by Luce Allan
In the vein of both modern and classic B movies (no pun intended), Tsunambee (2017) delivers a plot driven by its title-an ever-growing swarm of mutant bees that engulfs the world and eliminates as much of the population as possible. When various groups of survivors combine in order to survive, the race to shelter becomes more dire as the bees multiply and grow stronger.
While both the title and poster suggest a campy, Sharknado-esque romp, Tsunambee buries the humor of the concept under existential commentary that feels stilted in contrast to the overall tone and concept of the film. More action is present in the beginning before the middle portion slackens the momentum with the characters' prolonged speculations about whether or not the unnatural torrent of bees signals the beginning of the Biblical apocalypse. While adding depth to a campy film can often bolster the quality of the plot, there is not enough comedy inTsunambee to create a cohesive contrast.
Tsunambee does, however, find moments of potential in some of the bees' unexpected abilities, which serve as small twists that are placed, respectively, near the beginning and around the end of the film, though discussing them would reveal spoilers. Even though these moments are promising, they are never fully explored or developed.
Tsunambee may appeal to fans of B monster movies, although it may not satisfy those looking for a cult-classic guilty pleasure.