The end of the world is nearing, and all of the bees are dying. Thus, Dr. BEEatrix Cera has been enlisted by the mysterious Chairman of New World Genetics to create the Immortal Bee, an experiment that will causes bees to live forever and produce food that makes humans live forever. Simple right? Well, with the food stores running out, even though cancer has been cured by a random Catholic guy who gives food away, the Chairman demands immortality from BEEatrix. However, at what cost will BEEatrix go to save the world and try to get rid of the dreams of Jesus she keeps having? What will happen when the end finally comes?
Production Quality (2 points)
While it’s clear that time and effort was spent on this independent production, which is evidenced in the good video quality and camera work throughout, this film still seems quite indie. While the sets, locations, and props are fairly well done and while the soundtrack is intriguing, there is quite a bit of obvious CGI and cheesy animated overlaying throughout this film. However, audio quality is fine, and the only other issue to point out here is that the editing is quite choppy. Nevertheless, there is enough effort and funding here to make this an overall above-average production that is reminiscent of the modern productions we see in Christian film today.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
What the world doesn’t need is another half-baked Christian apocalyptic film, but at least The Second Coming of Christ gets past that overused speculative beginning of the tribulation known as the Rapture. We rarely get a look at the end of the apocalypse in the Christian cinematic universe, but we get that opportunity in this film. However, it doesn’t deliver at all. The plot is very incoherent as it is based on flimsy dialogue and very thin and empty characters. A lot of the end times elements are presented in a very juvenile fashion, and key concepts of this storyline are not well-explained at all as the entire world hangs in the balance waiting for immortal bees to be born. Umm, what? Besides this, the villain is very cheesy, and there is a lot of Catholic message-pushing. There is very little to hold the interest, and this seems more like a regular sci-fi plot rather than and end-of-the-world depiction. It’s really quite boring, actually.
Acting Quality (.5 point)
The acting of this film is particularly bad as all of the emotions are painfully forced, as if through a sieve, and the cast members are extremely dramatic with their line delivery. Some cast members, however, are just lackadaisical or clueless. There is a tiny amount of good here (how did Quinton Aaron get stuck in this movie?), but on the whole, this section wraps up a very poor film effort.
It seems like this movie started off with half of an idea and just tried to run with it without realizing that it was running on fumes and had nothing substantial to show for it at all. How are films like this even made? Think of all the projects that get abandoned, but stuff like this one gets put through. Well, at least we can say there’s never been a Christian film about the bee apocalypse before this one. There are new ideas being born daily, apparently.
Final Rating: 2.5 out of 10 points