The Big Bee (Blu-ray release 2016-2-3) is adapted from a Japanese novel. “Big B” is a remote controlled helicopter. It was hijacked by somebody, driven to stay on top of a nuclear plant, and used to threaten the Japanese government to stop all other nuclear plants. By coincidence a little boy, who is the son of the designer of the helicopter, is stuck in it.
Of all the movie adaptation of this author’s novels that I’ve watched, this particular one is the best by my standard. It uses an exciting thriller to examine the social controversy of nuclear electricity, the Japanese government position on it, and the silence of the general public. The threat made via the helicopter is referred to as a bee sting, which is a metaphor for inducing the public’s awareness of this issue. This is an exceptional example of how social commentary can be done in an entertaining movie with rich drama. Some may think this novel or movie is made to reflect on the Fukushima nuclear disaster – that’s not true, because the novel was written in 1995. Not unlike The Lone Gunmen TV series predicting the 9/11 incident, this novel predicted a nuclear disaster.
If I need to find faults in this movie, by squeezing as much novel as possible into the movie, it is slightly longer than it should be, and even then it cannot find time to introduce who some characters are. The middle part of the movie also dragged a bit.