MOVIES BY THE SLICE — Sting of “The Beekeeper” not for everyone

Published 12:04 am Thursday, January 11, 2024

“The Beekeeper” is a high-octane action thriller featuring Jason Statham in the role of a retired covert government agent on a mission to avenge the death of a close friend.

His relentless pursuit leads him from the gritty underworld to the highest echelons of power in the White House, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake.

With Statham’s character as the unstoppable force driving the narrative, this film offers non-stop adrenaline-pumping action.

Patrick Bennett

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Fans of Jason Statham and enthusiasts of action-packed cinema will find “The Beekeeper” a thrilling ride. However, those who prefer their action movies rooted in realism may find themselves disappointed, unless they can fully immerse themselves in the film’s over-the-top action sequences.

Much like a video game where the protagonist effortlessly overcomes insurmountable odds, Statham’s character dispatches hordes of adversaries, including military squads, SWAT teams, police forces, assassins and various government agencies, with almost superhuman prowess.

The film’s title, “The Beekeeper,” alludes to Statham’s character’s affiliation with a clandestine government unit known as the “Beekeepers.”

In retirement, he has taken up beekeeping, and the movie is rife with analogies to his former life.

While “The Beekeeper” may not rank among Statham’s best work, it offers a guilty pleasure for those seeking mindless entertainment and action-packed escapism. Statham delivers his trademark performance, making life difficult for the villains in a satisfyingly predictable manner.

In summary, “The Beekeeper” delivers exactly what it promises: a popcorn-munching, adrenaline-fueled action flick with Statham at the helm. While it may not be groundbreaking cinema, it succeeds in delivering an entertaining experience.

I rate this film 5 out of 10, acknowledging that individual enjoyment may vary. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it

To reach Patrick Bennett, email bennettvision@gmail.com.