THE BEEKEEPER – A Review by John Strange
In The Beekeeper, Jason Statham leads the cast as a quiet man (Adam Clay) who tends bees and tends to the land owned by Eloise Parker (Phylicia Rashad), a retired teacher. When Eloise is scammed out of all her personal funds and all the money belonging to the charity she headed, she reacts to the disaster by shooting herself.
Adam responds to this by utilizing all the skills he possesses by virtue of his ex-profession as a Beekeeper, an organization set up to deal with problems that law enforcement can’t all the while pursued by Eloise’s daughter, FBI Agent Verona Parker (Emmy Raver-Lampman).
Verona is a bit of a badass in her own right, but she can’t hold a candle to Adam. He is a one-man wrecking crew as he works his way up the ladder of the company that perpetrated the theft of Eloise’s funds.
Adam takes on crew after crew sent against him, bad-guy or good-guy alike, and wipes the floor with them. Bad guys get destroyed, and good guys get knocked around (and out) but not killed. The methods of delivering death were as diverse as I have ever seen in one of these anti-hero action films. My favorite involved the use of a loose shotgun barrel.
As Adam destroys his way to the top tier of the company’s hierarchy, we discover the roots of the evil plan and the sick SOB who came up with that plan. And why he did it (at least, why he started doing it).
The action is excellent. The plot is decent. The cast has some excellent talent playing the main characters.
The Beekeeper is a fun watch that will probably make a LOT of money in the theaters and even more in the online arena. Like the Transporter series, I think Jason will be back as Adam Clay. At least, I hope so!
Director: David Ayer
Cast: Jason Statham, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Josh Hutcherson, Bobby Naderi, Minnie Driver, with Phylicia Rashad and Jeremy Irons
MPAA Rating: R (for strong violence throughout, pervasive language, some sexual references and drug use)
Selig Rating: 5 Stars
Runtime: 105 Min.
Release Date: 01/12/2024
Movie Site: THE BEEKEEPER Official Site
Trailer: THE BEEKEEPER Official Trailer
The Selig Rating Scale:
5 Stars – Excellent movie/show, well worth the time and price.
4 Stars – Good movie/show
3 Stars – OK movie/show
2 Stars – Well, there was nothing else…
1 Star – Total waste of time.