The Beekeeper UHD Review

3.5 Stars Fun popcorn action flick
The Beekeeper Review

Jason Statham is, quite literally, The Beekeeper in David Ayer’s latest action thriller from MGM via Warner.

The Beekeeper (2024)
Released: 12 Jan 2024
Rated: R
Runtime: 105 min
Director: David Ayer
Genre: Action, Thriller
Cast: Jason Statham, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Bobby Naderi
Writer(s): Kurt Wimmer
Plot: One man's brutal campaign for vengeance takes on national stakes after he is revealed to be a former operative of a powerful and clandestine organization known as "Beekeepers."
IMDB rating: 6.4
MetaScore: N/A

Disc Information
Studio: MGM
Distributed By: Warner Brothers
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 2.39.1
Audio: Dolby Atmos, English 5.1 DD, English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, English Descriptive Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Rating: R
Run Time: 1 Hr. 45 Min.
Package Includes: UHD, Digital Copy
Case Type: UHD keepcase with slipcover
Disc Type: UHD
Region: All
Release Date: 04/23/2024
MSRP: $39.98

The Production: 3.5/5

Adam Clay (Jason Statham) is enjoying his retirement as a beekeeper, tending to bees and farming their honey while renting space in a barn owned by his elderly next door neighbor, Eloise Parker (Phylicia Rashad). However, when Eloise falls victim to a ransomware scam that not only wipes out her life savings but also the $2 million she manages for a charity, she takes her own life out of shame. Her daughter, Verona Parker (Emmy Raver-Lampman, The Umbrella Academy), who also happens to be an FBI agent working in cyber crime, and Adam find her body. Both then make a vow to themselves that they will take down the scammers, with Verona taking the legal approach, and Adam taking a vigilante course. We soon discover that Adam belonged to a fringe unit of the CIA known as, quite coincidentally, “The Beekeepers,” who specialized in going after the enemy at all costs. Adam starts at the call center (which happens to be here in the USA rather than the usual suspects), quite literally burning it to the ground, and begins his climb up the corruption ladder. Watching from the sidelines is ringleader Derek Danforth (Josh Hutcherson), who brings in his fixer (and former CIA director) Wallace Westwyld (Jeremy Irons) to attempt to stop both Adam and the FBI (who is one step behind Adam in their investigation).

The Beekeeeper is an entertaining action thriller directed by David Ayer (Bright, Suicide Squad) from a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer (The Misfits, The Expendables 4). While it does take on the fairly serious issue of scamming the elderly, it keeps that story grounded to the United States (where a fairly small percentage of the scammers are actually located), which may cause many to suspend their disbelief when these call centers are high-tech offices decorated by production designers, although it does take us through the hoops these scammers make their victims jump through before draining their victim’s bank accounts. The action set pieces are fun to watch, and Jason Statham makes his moves seem easy. It is a fun movie, but is more enjoyable if you leave your brain at the door.

Video: 5/5

3D Rating: NA

The Beekeeper was captured at 4.6k resolution and completed as a 4K digital intermediate in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Warner’s 2160p HEVC encode (via MGM) includes HDR10 high dynamic range, which lends a hand to the many darkly lit sequences in the film allowing for deep blacks with strong shadow details and bright highlights. Colors are vivid with excellent gradations without appearing overly saturated. Fine detail is also excellent, rendering minute facial features and clothing textures.

Audio: 5/5

The default Dolby Atmos track is excellent (a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 and Descriptive Audio, also in lossy Dolby Digital 5.1, are also available). Action sequences benefit greatly from the spatial audio mix, further immersing the viewer in Jason Statham’s battles with scammers. Surrounds and heights are very active with strong LFE. Dialogue is clear and understandable throughout.

Special Features: 0.5/5

Unfortunately, The Beekeeper is a movie-only single 4K disc release with no special features whatsoever. Warner has included an insert for a digital copy redeemable only on Vudu (this is an MGM release distributed by Warner).

Overall: 3.5/5

The Beekeeeper is an entertaining action thriller but is more enjoyable if you leave your brain at the door.

Todd Erwin has been a reviewer at Home Theater Forum since 2008. His love of movies began as a young child, first showing Super 8 movies in his backyard during the summer to friends and neighbors at age 10. He also received his first movie camera that year, a hand-crank Wollensak 8mm with three fixed lenses. In 1980, he graduated to "talkies" with his award-winning short The Ape-Man, followed by the cult favorite The Adventures of Terrific Man two years later. Other films include Myth or Fact: The Talbert Terror and Warren's Revenge (which is currently being restored). In addition to movie reviews, Todd has written many articles for Home Theater Forum centering mostly on streaming as well as an occasional hardware review, is the host of his own video podcast Streaming News & Views on YouTube and is a frequent guest on the Home Theater United podcast.

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