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Elliot Moore is a high school science teacher who quizzes his class one day about an article in the New York Times. It’s about the sudden, mysterious disappearance of bees. Yet again Nature is doing something inexplicable, and whatever science has to say about it will be, in the end, only a theory. Scientists will bring out more theories, but no explanations, when a more urgent dilemma hits the planet. It begins in Central Park. Suddenly and inexplicably, the behavior of everyone in the park changes in a most bizarre and horrible way. Soon, the strange behavior spreads throughout the city and beyond. Elliot, his wife, Alma, and Jess, the young daughter of a friend, will only have theories to guide them where to run and where to hide. But theories may not be enough.
I love a good M. Night Shyamalan film and, while this may not be one of his best, it was certainly a fun and interesting ride. It definitely had a bit of an "agenda feel" to it, since the story seemed to be rooted in the now widely known "honey bee decline" phenomenon. I didn't care...I still liked it.
Mark Walhberg does a good job of anchoring the cast, although not one of his more impressive performances. His counterpart Zooey Deschanel was equally sufficient in her role. Together, I think they pulled off this minor thriller. However, for me, the most impressive performance was by stage and screen veteran Betty Buckley, who has a small part toward the end of the film. Yes, part of my fascination with Buckley is that she's a local Fort Worth girl and went to high school with my mother, but regardless, she comes into the story and delivers a powerful performance that communicates just the right amount of creepiness to help cap off this film.
I would recommend this movie for a slow Saturday night, when you're struggling to find something worth watching. It's no "The Sixth Sense", but it'll give you a quick dose of M. Night until you can make it to his next big project.