Film Review: “The Beekeeper”




  • Starring: Jason Statham, Jeremy Irons
  • Directed by: David Ayer
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins
  • Amazon MGM Studios


Jason Statham is one of the best action movie stars that has ever been on the silver screen. However, not all his movies are necessarily the greatest of quality. Unlike 2021’s brilliant “Wrath of Man,” Statham’s newest endeavor “The Beekeeper,” which is now available on streaming services, is perhaps one of his worst. Poorly written, acted, and directed, “The Beekeeper” tastes more like vinegar than honey.


Eloise Parker (Phylicia Rashad) is a retired educator who has developed a friendly relationship with her neighbor, Adam Clay (Jason Statham) who happens to be a beekeeper. A phishing scam robs Eloise of all her money. Despondent, she takes her life, but Adam is initially blamed for it by Eloise’s daughter, FBI Agent Verona Parker (Emmy Raver-Lampman). Inexplicably, Raver-Lampman plays the scene with same depth of emotion as a stack of firewood.


Of course, since he is being played by Statham, Adam is not all that he appears to be. He is instead a trained killing machine known as a beekeeper. Through his contacts, Adam finds out where the call center is that ripped off Eloise, and countless other victims, and burns it to the ground while kicking butt. Meanwhile, Agent Verona drowns herself in alcohol.


Like a terminator, Adam begins killing his way to the top of the beehive, which in this case appears to be Wallace Westwyld (Jeremy Irons), a former intelligence chief hired long ago by a powerful political figure to protect her family’s company name and keep her son out of trouble. Wallace calls in favors, including former Navy SEALS, to stop Adam, who often manages to pull a Neo by dodging hundreds of rounds of ammunition.


The impetus for “The Beekeeper” is timely as increasing numbers of elderly people are taken advantage of by unscrupulous people, leaving them destitute. While Statham is consistent and Irons is okay as the main villain, the film lacks talent, among other things, to make it an entertaining action flick. The action is too choreographed with graphics thrown up on the screen that reminiscent of something you would have seen in a 1970s TV series.


Overall, “The Beekeeper” is flat out boring, even though it does toss out a somewhat surprising twist towards the end. It would be more fun to throw oneself on top of a beehive than to watch “The Beekeeper.”


“The Beekeeper” receives a half star out of five.

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