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THE BEEKEEPER (out now on Netflix) – 2 stars.

The buzz emanating from David Ayer’s brutal revenge thriller starring Jason Statham as a retired murderer who tends beehives within the rolling inexperienced hills of Springfield, Massachusetts, is merely ho-hum.

The rickety plot is about in movement by a malware pop-up phishing rip-off that drives a retired trainer (Phylicia Rashad) to commit suicide after her life financial savings and pension fund are cruelly plundered. Enigmatic neighbour Adam Clay (Statham) vows revenge.

He is a former member of a government-sanctioned kill squad codenamed the Beekeepers. They “protect the hive” from threats to nationwide safety and Clay intends to forcefully neutralise obnoxious self-made millionaire Derek Danforth (Josh Hutcherson), whose firm mines private information to establish aged victims.

Cue thrilling combat sequences, which draw closely on Statham’s intensive martial arts coaching.

When the Derbyshire-born onerous man communicates with fists and ft, Ayer’s image is curiously compelling. Unfortunately, Statham’s avenging angel repeatedly sermonises concerning the scourge of heartless on-line predators.

The script forgives his questionable American twang throughout an early alternate with the trainer’s grief-stricken daughter, performed by Emmy Raver-Lampman.

“There’s some British Isles hiding in your accent,” she observes. Genuine emotion is way more durable to search out.

The Boys within the Boat (out now in cinemas) – 3 stars

They do make ’em like they used to. At least George Clooney does, comfortably nestled behind the digital camera for an unabashedly old school story of real-life sporting underdogs, who triumphed towards overwhelming odds in Depression-era Washington DC to row for glory on the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin.

London-born mannequin and actor Callum Turner sports activities a mop of blond hair within the second seat of the University of Washington’s junior boat, conveniently distinguishing him from sweat-slathered co-stars throughout an compulsory coaching montage that moulds inexperienced dreamers right into a finely tuned brotherhood of large slayers.

Brisk modifying energises the race sequences whereas screenwriter Mark L Smith mimics a cox on the stern, sustaining a gentle fee of knots with touching scenes of self-empowerment, diluted romance and heavy-handed class warfare.

Frustratingly, the thinly written feminine characters exist solely to help the boys’s ambitions and cheer proudly from the sidelines.

Composer Alexandre Desplat’s twinkly piano-led rating enhances chocolate field pictures of completely synchronised oars scything by means of rippling water bathed in daylight. Clooney hits every predictable emotional beat and builds to a crowd-pleasing finale that teases the opportunity of Team USA’s scrappy upstarts humiliating German Chancellor Adolf Hitler (Daniel Philpott) on a world stage.

One small battle towards fascism earlier than a devastating conflict.