A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Citizens, scientists, and government collaborate to help find a huge nest. Cooperation is a good thing.
Positive Role Models
Scientists and government workers risk health and safety to prevent the hornets from becoming an uncontrollable invasive species in the U.S.
Canadians come to help Americans eradicate an invasive species.
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Violence & Scariness
The hornets are large and powerful, capable of killing a human with a painful sting. Pictures of hospitalized people with many stings are shown. Hornets decapitate and eat parts of an entire honeybee colony. Dead bees are shown.
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"S--t," "crap," "hell," and "damn."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Attack of the Murder Hornets is a kind of science-detective documentary about the quest to find and eradicate elusive Asian Giant Hornet nests in the Pacific Northwest before the invasive species can wipe out all the honeybees in the United States. Dead bees and graphic descriptions of the harm the hornets do may not be for the squeamish. Language includes "s--t," "crap," "hell," and "damn." Citizens, scientists, and government collaborate to help find a huge nest. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Attack of the Murder Hornets is informative and often interesting, but at 86 minutes it's a repetition fest that would've been just as illuminating at half the length. We're told over and over how important are honeybees to the agricultural ecosystem and to the pocketbooks of beekeepers. We're told over and over how deadly and invasive the hornets are. We're told over and over of the damage they've done. We watch repeated trial and error attempts at gluing monitors to sedated hornets. Once would've been sufficient. The one time detailed explanations would've been helpful -- when men in protective suits go in at night to wrap the nest -- no one explains anything.
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