The Reel Review

B-

An assassin for a clandestine spy organization takes matters into his own hands when a criminal syndicate’s nefarious acts result in the death of his dearest friend. Jason Statham, Josh Hutcherson and Jeremy Irons star in this explosion-filled crime thriller from director David Ayer (Suicide Squad, Fury).

Jason Statham and Jeremy Irons in The Beekeeper

The Beekeeper is satisfyingly fun, as this pissed off, one-man killing machine, who in addition to his Beekeeper assassin moniker also happens to be a legit beekeeper (so ironic!), goes Terminator on the bad guys. The kills are well choreographed. Hutchinson (The Hunger Games franchise) and Jeremy Irons are our main criminal masterminds, with their characters just happening to also be the son and husband of the U.S. President. (Well that’s awkward.)

Jason Statham in The Beekeeper

Anyone looking for even the slightest shred of realistic story will be disappointed but as mindless revenge porn goes, The Beekeeper does the trick, with lots of choreographed fight scenes and plenty of chuckle-inducing, snarky comments from Statham.

REEL FACTS

• Initially The Beekeeper was slated for a late 2024 release but was moved up to January 2024 when producers realized there were no other big budget action thrillers scheduled for early 2024.

• Made for $24 million, The Beekeeper has grossed more than $152 million worldwide.

The Beekeeper is Jason Statham’s fifth movie in a year, the others being Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, Fast X, Meg 2: The Trench and Expend4bles. His next film will be the action thriller Levon’s Trade, also directed by David Ayer.

 

 

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