Sunday 14 January 2024

REVIEW: The Beekeeper (2024 Film) - Starring Jason Statham

Review by Jon Donnis
"The Beekeeper," directed by David Ayer, emerges as a riveting action thriller that effectively marries intense action sequences with a revenge-fueled plot, showcasing Jason Statham at the pinnacle of his action-hero prowess. Ayer's direction in this film marks a triumphant return, delivering his most compelling work in the last decade.

The plot unfolds with Eloise Parker's tragic demise after falling victim to a phishing scam, leading her tenant, Adam Clay (played by Statham), on a relentless pursuit of justice. Unbeknownst to the authorities, Clay is revealed to be a former operative of the clandestine organization known as the Beekeepers. What initially appears as a personal vendetta takes a national turn, introducing layers of espionage and government conspiracy.

The narrative cleverly navigates through the complexities of corruption and deceit, keeping the audience engaged as Clay confronts powerful adversaries, including the mysterious Derek Danforth. The integration of government agencies, ex-special forces, and the enigmatic Beekeepers adds depth to the story, elevating it beyond a mere revenge tale to a national crisis.

The cast delivers commendable performances, with Statham embodying Clay's character with the perfect blend of stoicism and intensity. Emmy Raver-Lampman as FBI Agent Verona Parker provides a strong counterpart, showcasing determination and resilience. Josh Hutcherson as Derek Danforth, Jeremy Irons as Wallace Westwyld, and Jemma Redgrave as President Danforth contribute to a solid ensemble.

The film successfully captures the essence of an 80s action throwback while infusing it with a modern edge. Statham's signature style is on full display, allowing him to showcase his physical prowess and charisma. The action scenes are well-choreographed, delivering the expected adrenaline-pumping moments.

While the overall plot may follow a somewhat familiar pattern of revenge and vigilante justice, the film compensates with its engaging narrative, well-crafted action sequences, and nostalgic 80s vibes. "The Beekeeper" stands out as a must-watch for fans of the action genre and Statham enthusiasts, earning a solid 9 out of 10.

Out in cinemas now, and on digital soon at

Also premiering Friday 8th March on Sky Cinema and NOW