Vanishing of the Bees- July 28th

Vanishing of the Bees (2009)
English/French- Documentary
Not Rated
Runtime- 97 min.
dir. George Langworthy and Maryam Henein

Okay, if that title doesn’t get your attention and then immediately scare you, then I don’t know what will.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

Thankfully, the directors spend more time focusing on the problem and possible solutions rather than playing the blame game.  This definitely works in their favor concerning an unbiased approach.  They work instead to capture the passion and hard work of those at the center of this growing tragedy.

Acting: 1/2

Ellen Page is typically a good voice actress, but her tone and manner are just a little too soft for something so urgent.  A better choice may have been a more mature and middle-aged actress with more experience.  On the side of the beekeepers and scientists being documented, I have never seen so much fervor for something that most people dismiss as unimportant.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

Despite being on location for many of the shoots, most of the footage is surprisingly professional.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

The subject transition effects were cool looking, and certainly unique.  However, they may have taken up more time than they should.

Misc: 1.5/2

A very important message is weighed down by a few missteps.


Definitely give it your time, but just once.


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