SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses plot twists in the new movie “The Beekeeper.”
Jason Statham movies typically don’t wrestle with current events, but a twist deep into his newest feature, the just-released “The Beekeeper,” has some fans thinking that Joe and Hunter Biden are the the inspiration for the villains.
At the end of the second act, it’s revealed that asshole tech CEO/nepo baby Derek Danforth (Josh Hutcherson) is the son of the president (Jemma Redgrave), and used her name to push his shady business operations forward. From there, it’s also mentioned that President Danforth wasn’t justly elected because of dirty money that was injected into the election.
If “Beekeeper” was released in another decade, audiences might not think much about the twist. But in an era of accusations of Hunter Biden profiting off of his father’s name, as well as Donald Trump’s false accusations of election fraud, some audiences are determined to find echoes of real life in the film’s final act.
When asked about the twist and if it was intended to spark discussion, director David Ayer said it wasn’t meant to speak to current events.
“At the end of the day, it’s just an action movie,” he said. “The White House has a long and nonpartisan history of problematic First Family members.”
Hutcherson agreed that the twist wasn’t meant to be analyzed through a real-life lens.
“Things in politics can be dirty and money comes from all sorts of weird places,” he said. “So is there some kind of inspiration on things that could be true? I think that’s always the fun part with movies. When you’re making something that’s fictional, you want to make it grounded in some possible reality, while at the same time having creative license to take it to all kinds of wild places.
“The twist is great,” he continued. “I did not see that coming when I was reading the script, and when I got to that point, that informed me so much about who Derek is. Knowing that that person is your mother and what that means about what your life is a very informative little nugget to Derek as a character creative process.”