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May. 20, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

Movie Jail

This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene. In each column a defendant is put on trial, arguments are made, and then it is up to YOU, the jury, to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty of crimes against cinema. Their lives are in your hands, dude.

The Defendant

Statham

The Case

The Prosecution: War, Ghosts of Mars, The One, Cellular, Chaos, War, Death Race, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, 13, Blitz, Killer Elite, Parker

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the prosecution has heard your pleas for justice and today we will prove that Jason Statham has committed several serious crimes. Although the actor showed promise in Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, it's been antihero role after antihero role for Mr. Statham. The prosecution feels that Mr. Statham will star in almost any film that requires the actor to: 1. wear a nice suit that will eventually be torn off to showcase Mr. Statham's physique, 2. at all times glare at everyone and everything including inanimate objects, puppies and Betty White, and/or 3. be "that British guy" which usually just means playing a more violent version of Simon Cowell.

Furthermore, many actors have had great careers even though they've been typecasted yet Mr. Statham doesn't even use this to his advantage. The prosecution could very easily see Mr. Statham playing a criminal in a Martin Scorsese film or have a part in something by director Nicolas Winding Refn but instead the actor tends to star in uninspired and generic movies like Chaos, Killer Elite and Cellular. Even the movies Mr. Statham star in that sound like they have an interesting premise (Ghosts of Mars, The One, 13) end up being disappointing and bland. Plenty of action stars have dabbled in comedies, romantic dramas and other genres so why does it seem to be difficult for Mr. Statham to find more diverse roles and appear in different types of movies?

Just because Mr. Statham can look cool and kick ass doesn't mean the prosecution is afraid of the actor (well maybe just a little) and we demand that he serve at least one year in Movie Jail and three years of probation. During that time Mr. Statham will also not be allowed to have any contact with Uwe Boll, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson or anybody that wants him in another f*cking movie that involves him constantly driving a vehicle.

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The Defense: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, The Transporter Series, The Italian Job, Crank, The Bank Job, Crank: High Voltage, The Expendables, The Mechanic, Safe, The Expendables 2

Ladies and gentlemen, the defense doesn't think the prosecution understands Mr. Statham's role in the film world. Movies NEED actors like Mr. Statham. Although he hasn't had a colossus hit that was as big as some of the films by the legendary action stars from the 80's and 90's like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis, Mr. Statham is in many ways this generation's version of those actors or at least the second tier guys like Wesley Snipes and JCVD. If you're going to see a movie and the poster has Mr. Statham holding a gun you probably have a pretty good idea of how the film is going to play out. Mr. Statham is a welcomed throwback to those actors from the last two decades: a muscular but resourceful hero that doesn't take shit from anyone and has no problems getting dirty.  Why do you think Stallone wanted him for The Expendables and the sequel?

Mr. Statham also completely owns in those type of roles. Movies like the ones from The Transporter series and Crank know exactly what they are and Mr. Statham brings exactly what is needed to those films. And the actor is aware of when he needs to play a milder version of his usual character type in less energetic films like The Bank Job, The Mechanic and Safe. So while the defense may say he constantly plays an antihero there are variations to that character type that Mr. Statham does utilize and he does it well.

The question is do you really want to see Jason Statham in a Matthew McConaughey level romantic comedy or the latest adaptation of a God awful Nicholas Sparks book? No you want to see Mr. Statham punch, kick, drive, shoot and f*ck his way to the end of the movie and you'll cheer the entire time. Because that's what Jason Statham is supposed to do.

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IN CLOSING...

So does the prosecution have a case against Jason Statham? Should he be tossed in a cell next to Gerard Butler in Movie Jail? Or is he an actor that knows what his audience likes and delivers on those expectations? The decision is up to you: GUILTY or NOT GUILTY for Jason Statham?         

STRIKE BACK BELOW WITH YOUR VERDICT!

*The cases for and against a defendant going to Movie Jail by the author are not necessarily his views and opinions but they are some of the beliefs that one would use to effectively make an argument for both sides. Not quite a devil's advocate but you get the point. Anyways, this is all in fun so don't take it too seriously. We have a separate jail for those people called "Troll Tower" and believe me you do NOT want to go there.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

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LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

Liotta

In the case against Ray Liotta from last week, the jury has found the actor NOT GUILTY of all charges. There were a few members that wanted to have him tossed into Movie Jail but most of the jury felt that no one does unhinged and crazy like Mr. Liotta, even if it has typecasted him a little bit. Many used some of his most recent films (Killing Them Softly, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Iceman)  as evidence that while the actor will occasionally appear in a bad movie he also knows how to pick quality films to star in as well.

PREVIOUS VERDICTS

GUILTY Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Vince Vaughn, Tim Burton, The Farrelly Brothers, Michael Bay, Jessica Alba, Ice Cube, Gerard Butler, Halle Berry, Marlon Wayans, Julia Roberts, M. Night Shyamalan , Katherine Heigl , Cuba Gooding, Jr. , Tyler Perry, Cameron Diaz

NOT GUILTY Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Nic Cage, John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Wes Craven, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart, Roland Emmerich, Kevin Costner, Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Smith, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta

Extra Tidbit: Who should we put on trial next week? Post your suggestions with your verdict in the strike back.
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11:30PM on 05/27/2013
I guess I'm too late on this but I would have voted guilty. I like Jason Statham as an action star but 90% of his movies are shit. Also, the Defense claiming The Transporter SERIES? Uh no, you get the first Transporter movie only, and you know it. Don't you dare say Transporter 2 or 3 are reasons to acquit. DON'T YOU DARE!
I guess I'm too late on this but I would have voted guilty. I like Jason Statham as an action star but 90% of his movies are shit. Also, the Defense claiming The Transporter SERIES? Uh no, you get the first Transporter movie only, and you know it. Don't you dare say Transporter 2 or 3 are reasons to acquit. DON'T YOU DARE!
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7:30PM on 05/27/2013

Not guilty

And Cellular was a really good movie so fuck off.
And Cellular was a really good movie so fuck off.
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11:34AM on 05/27/2013

Guilty!

I like Jason, ever since Snatch, and I've enjoy a couple of his films like The Bank Job, but there are so many bad ones.
I like Jason, ever since Snatch, and I've enjoy a couple of his films like The Bank Job, but there are so many bad ones.
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5:27PM on 05/21/2013

Guilty

I like the guy but a few years of not doing the same film over and over could help.
I like the guy but a few years of not doing the same film over and over could help.
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2:56PM on 05/21/2013

Not Guilty

Statham is golden.
Statham is golden.
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10:42AM on 05/21/2013

NOT GUILTY

NOT GUILTY
NOT GUILTY
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3:39AM on 05/21/2013

Not Guilty

Not Guilty at all, "The Stath" is a British Icon, you know just what you are getting when you watch one of his films, escapism - bad day at work, come home chuck Crank/Safe on and let your troubles go as you immerse yourself in a good solid action film, on another note just what Jail could possibly hold him.
Not Guilty at all, "The Stath" is a British Icon, you know just what you are getting when you watch one of his films, escapism - bad day at work, come home chuck Crank/Safe on and let your troubles go as you immerse yourself in a good solid action film, on another note just what Jail could possibly hold him.
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3:23AM on 05/21/2013

Not Guilty

Not Guilty at all, "The Stath" is a British Icon, you know just what you are getting when you watch one of his films, escapism - bad day at work, come home chuck Crank/Safe on and let your troubles go as you immerse yourself in a good solid action film, on another note just what Jail could possibly hold him.
Not Guilty at all, "The Stath" is a British Icon, you know just what you are getting when you watch one of his films, escapism - bad day at work, come home chuck Crank/Safe on and let your troubles go as you immerse yourself in a good solid action film, on another note just what Jail could possibly hold him.
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3:09AM on 05/21/2013

Not Guilty

Not Guilty at all, "The Stath" is a British Icon, you know just what you are getting when you watch one of his films, escapism - bad day at work, come home chuck Crank/Safe on and let your troubles go as you immerse yourself in a good solid action film, on another note just what Jail could possibly hold him.
Not Guilty at all, "The Stath" is a British Icon, you know just what you are getting when you watch one of his films, escapism - bad day at work, come home chuck Crank/Safe on and let your troubles go as you immerse yourself in a good solid action film, on another note just what Jail could possibly hold him.
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1:43AM on 05/21/2013

not guilty

sure he pretty much plays the same guy in every movie but he is the one person left who can keep the action genre alive, obviously Sly, Willis & Arnold are just not cutting it any longer & that's a sad thing. PLus come on both The Transporter & Crank series are fun movies!
sure he pretty much plays the same guy in every movie but he is the one person left who can keep the action genre alive, obviously Sly, Willis & Arnold are just not cutting it any longer & that's a sad thing. PLus come on both The Transporter & Crank series are fun movies!
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1:21AM on 05/21/2013

not guilty...

i feel like his stallone, ritchie and neveldine/taylor collaborations give him a pass.

but in the upcoming years he does have to step his game up, he has to find that next up and comer that can utilize him well, or that veteran action director that knows just how to use the stath. and seriously, crank 3 has to happen.
i feel like his stallone, ritchie and neveldine/taylor collaborations give him a pass.

but in the upcoming years he does have to step his game up, he has to find that next up and comer that can utilize him well, or that veteran action director that knows just how to use the stath. and seriously, crank 3 has to happen.
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1:18AM on 05/21/2013

Not Guilty...

Again, I gotta put him in the category of people who I have never been unsatisfied with. However, I also now when to set the bar high and when to not set it very high with him. Start with this general rule, if he is the main and only lead, you set the bar down to it's lower reaches. If he is part of an ensemble raise it to a higher level. And if that ensemble is made entirely of British Gangsters, then just go ahead and put that bar up to the ceiling. Now this is not fool proof, Dungeon
Again, I gotta put him in the category of people who I have never been unsatisfied with. However, I also now when to set the bar high and when to not set it very high with him. Start with this general rule, if he is the main and only lead, you set the bar down to it's lower reaches. If he is part of an ensemble raise it to a higher level. And if that ensemble is made entirely of British Gangsters, then just go ahead and put that bar up to the ceiling. Now this is not fool proof, Dungeon Siege: Ensemble cast, the bar should have been set for Ommpa-Loompa height. And this Jurist would like it noted in the record that Death Race was awesome.
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12:45AM on 05/21/2013
Guilty.
He is cool and all but, he is the same in every film.
Guilty.
He is cool and all but, he is the same in every film.
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11:09PM on 05/20/2013

GUILTY

The answer can be found in the question. You're referring to him as an "actor", which he isn't. That's why he was asked to be in THE EXPENDABLES (and as the 2nd in charge, no less): They wanted to hire the worst excuses for "action stars". Why do I think that? The action genre has evolved. We now know that action movies can be deep. They don't all have to be philosophical, but they don't have to be direct-to-DVD quality, which is what Statham, Stallone and co. stick to. Yes, some of Statham's
The answer can be found in the question. You're referring to him as an "actor", which he isn't. That's why he was asked to be in THE EXPENDABLES (and as the 2nd in charge, no less): They wanted to hire the worst excuses for "action stars". Why do I think that? The action genre has evolved. We now know that action movies can be deep. They don't all have to be philosophical, but they don't have to be direct-to-DVD quality, which is what Statham, Stallone and co. stick to. Yes, some of Statham's movies add backstories and stuff, but it all ends up being too convoluted, which is also common in movies of Statham's peers (this generation's Seagals and Van Dammes). They also think that, in those movies, all they have to do is look badass. EVERY movie requires acting. I'm not gonna deny that he doesn't have a screen prescence (which not everyone can achieve), but if you don't put it to good use, you're no better than all of those in Movie Jail.

I know it may seem like the same with Ray Liotta, but there's a reason he was found not guilty: The few times he has played against type, he has been good (even in his CHARLIE ST. CLOUD cameo). Statham doesn't always suck in his "unusual movies", but he's not really memorable either. And I don't know how I'd feel watching him in a rom-com NOW that he has been typcasted. I'm still open to the idea, but I would've felt more comfortable before, which is his fault for creating this effect on us by playing the same character over and over.

I've seen over 2.000 movies in my life, and I can say that KILLER ELITE is the #4 worst. It's even worse than IN THE NAME OF THE KING, which is saying a lot.
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4:19AM on 05/21/2013
Couldn't agree more! How people can argue he is an action icon. His films are crap. The only films he has ever been good in are lockstock and snatch, and that was probably playing as close to himself as he could get. Every time I hear him do an American accent I cringe.
Couldn't agree more! How people can argue he is an action icon. His films are crap. The only films he has ever been good in are lockstock and snatch, and that was probably playing as close to himself as he could get. Every time I hear him do an American accent I cringe.
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10:52PM on 05/20/2013

Not Guilty

Not Guilty. There are very few true action stars in this day and age. Most of the action stars we have are these pretty, sensitive types who appeal to todays tween and young male audience, who aren't really into hardcore action films anymore. Statham is keeping that genre alive. He's definitely a hit or miss actor, but he's still entertaining and he's proven he has acting chops. On top of that, he actually has skill as a fighter. He's like the perfect mix of James Bond and Jet Li with a rougher
Not Guilty. There are very few true action stars in this day and age. Most of the action stars we have are these pretty, sensitive types who appeal to todays tween and young male audience, who aren't really into hardcore action films anymore. Statham is keeping that genre alive. He's definitely a hit or miss actor, but he's still entertaining and he's proven he has acting chops. On top of that, he actually has skill as a fighter. He's like the perfect mix of James Bond and Jet Li with a rougher edge. Who cares if he plays the same guy every time. What he does, he does very well.
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10:31PM on 05/20/2013

I've always been a fan of his...but guilty.

Everything he has done after the first Expendables was shit (the second was alright). I'm not going to hold him accountable for Transporter 3, that was Olivier Megatons fault. He keeps signing on to do these movies where he's the exact same character. If Crank 3 does happen, please change him up a little bit.
Everything he has done after the first Expendables was shit (the second was alright). I'm not going to hold him accountable for Transporter 3, that was Olivier Megatons fault. He keeps signing on to do these movies where he's the exact same character. If Crank 3 does happen, please change him up a little bit.
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9:18PM on 05/20/2013

Not Guilty

I'm gonna give Statham a pass. He knows what kind of an actor he is. He puts out movies that are a lot of fun. Sure he's put out a few stinkers here and there but the good outweighs the bad in my opinion.
I'm gonna give Statham a pass. He knows what kind of an actor he is. He puts out movies that are a lot of fun. Sure he's put out a few stinkers here and there but the good outweighs the bad in my opinion.
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8:25PM on 05/20/2013

Not Guilty

He made some decent movies. Some of them are crap, but most of them are fun. Beside he was in Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, so NOT GUILTY.
He made some decent movies. Some of them are crap, but most of them are fun. Beside he was in Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, so NOT GUILTY.
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7:26PM on 05/20/2013

POW! BOOM ! GUILTY!

ah man, Jason Staham has done enough movies that you know exactly what you are going to get from him. He does have the cool, no b.s. way about him (aka Transporter) and is defiintely one of those actors that has been severely typecast...you can say he choices are alright and bad for the action movies that he does,,,but seriously besides superhero movies, that really hasnt been a good quality action movie in years...maybe the Action Hero era has died with Arnold , Stallone, Willis and Jason
ah man, Jason Staham has done enough movies that you know exactly what you are going to get from him. He does have the cool, no b.s. way about him (aka Transporter) and is defiintely one of those actors that has been severely typecast...you can say he choices are alright and bad for the action movies that he does,,,but seriously besides superhero movies, that really hasnt been a good quality action movie in years...maybe the Action Hero era has died with Arnold , Stallone, Willis and Jason Staham is only one trying to keep the Action Hero era alive....either way Staham should go to Movie Jail for a year with probation ..he isnt a horrible actor but the bad choices are getting out of hand.
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7:25PM on 05/20/2013

Innocent

Channing Tatum plays the same person in most of his movies. Nuff said.
Channing Tatum plays the same person in most of his movies. Nuff said.
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7:02PM on 05/20/2013

Guilty

Guilty, but hear me out. I think he's talented and likable. However, he's been playing it safe with his roles and film choices, and as such he's not as big a star as he should/deserves to be. I know some people like his action films, but for a lot of us we roll our eyes when a new trailer for his film appears b/c it looks like a dozen other movies he's already done. He should switch it up, do a sports movie, period movie, war movie, play a villain, or something as long as its different. Like I
Guilty, but hear me out. I think he's talented and likable. However, he's been playing it safe with his roles and film choices, and as such he's not as big a star as he should/deserves to be. I know some people like his action films, but for a lot of us we roll our eyes when a new trailer for his film appears b/c it looks like a dozen other movies he's already done. He should switch it up, do a sports movie, period movie, war movie, play a villain, or something as long as its different. Like I said, the man is talented but afraid to leave his comfort zone.
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6:59PM on 05/20/2013
As one of the few badass movie leads with male pattern baldness, I say NOT GUILTY!
As one of the few badass movie leads with male pattern baldness, I say NOT GUILTY!
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5:52PM on 05/20/2013

Guilty!

But you know his next movie will be the jail break.
But you know his next movie will be the jail break.
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5:28PM on 05/20/2013

the verdict... NOT guilty!

even the prosecution: The One, Cellular, Death Race -- they were all great. And Parker was really damn good and surprisingly brutal. Blitz was a refreshing little crime changeup and Ghosts of Mars isn't great but it's a solid flick. Statham is most definitely not guilty and is a true action hero. Can't wait to see his next films. He's entering a pretty big franchise right away as a villain and it should be awesome.
even the prosecution: The One, Cellular, Death Race -- they were all great. And Parker was really damn good and surprisingly brutal. Blitz was a refreshing little crime changeup and Ghosts of Mars isn't great but it's a solid flick. Statham is most definitely not guilty and is a true action hero. Can't wait to see his next films. He's entering a pretty big franchise right away as a villain and it should be awesome.
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3:44PM on 05/20/2013

Not Guilty

I thought Killer Elite was decent, until the cringe-worthy twist (or maybe only cringe-worthy if you're a Brit).
I thought Killer Elite was decent, until the cringe-worthy twist (or maybe only cringe-worthy if you're a Brit).
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3:33PM on 05/20/2013

NOT GUILTY

Not guilty, but I agree he needs to pick his roles more carefully. But SAFE was fantastic and The Mechanic and Killer Elite were both good as has been some of his Direct to DVD fare like BLITZ. He has a limited range and he is kind of like a british Bronson for this generation. But he needs to stay the hell away from UWE BOLLE and Paul Thomas Anderson and try and get some edgier fair in the mix.
Not guilty, but I agree he needs to pick his roles more carefully. But SAFE was fantastic and The Mechanic and Killer Elite were both good as has been some of his Direct to DVD fare like BLITZ. He has a limited range and he is kind of like a british Bronson for this generation. But he needs to stay the hell away from UWE BOLLE and Paul Thomas Anderson and try and get some edgier fair in the mix.
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3:16PM on 05/20/2013
The guy is an action star; he doesn't do anything else.

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The guy is an action star; he doesn't do anything else.

Not Guilty
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2:44PM on 05/20/2013
Guilty, nearly every movie he's ever been in sucks hardcore.
Guilty, nearly every movie he's ever been in sucks hardcore.
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2:42PM on 05/20/2013

Not guilty just because hes Jason fuckin Statham!

WTF? Cellular is a blast! and Crank should be in the prosecution... ok, most of his movies should be in the prosecution (even Transporter films, and EX2 ) but Statham is THE MAN and hes not guilty.
WTF? Cellular is a blast! and Crank should be in the prosecution... ok, most of his movies should be in the prosecution (even Transporter films, and EX2 ) but Statham is THE MAN and hes not guilty.
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1:33PM on 05/20/2013

Not guilty

He's made it so as the world doesn't think Britain is full of Hugh Grants
He's made it so as the world doesn't think Britain is full of Hugh Grants
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1:32PM on 05/20/2013

NOT GUILTY

He does action films, while at first I never warmed to his movies except for Transporter films later on I understood he is truly the only Bad Ass action star around. I'd rather see him making action films than dramas or character driven pieces as we have enough and more of them out there. People are really happy seeing Super Hero movies and I am down with that but honestly speaking his movies are niche and better let them be!
Killer Elite/Safe/Cellular was no straight up action film, there was
He does action films, while at first I never warmed to his movies except for Transporter films later on I understood he is truly the only Bad Ass action star around. I'd rather see him making action films than dramas or character driven pieces as we have enough and more of them out there. People are really happy seeing Super Hero movies and I am down with that but honestly speaking his movies are niche and better let them be!
Killer Elite/Safe/Cellular was no straight up action film, there was a good back story. If you want to put someone in Jail try Peter Stomare/Ewan Macgregor/Paul Bettany/Kyle Chandler/Jessica Biel/. They are simply the luckiest people in Show Biz as they get all high profile productions without a proper impact on the audience.
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1:10PM on 05/20/2013

Guilty

Cool or not, he's been playing the same character in every single movie. If being in the Expendables is his biggest recent achievement, that qualifies for movie jail by itself. 7 of his movies have been from Crank, Transporter and Expendables. Movies that fell between these performances were Blitz, Parker, Death Race, In The Name Of The King, War, Revolver and 13. While some of these movies aren't complete travesties, the point is, he plays the same character in every movie, rarely takes
Cool or not, he's been playing the same character in every single movie. If being in the Expendables is his biggest recent achievement, that qualifies for movie jail by itself. 7 of his movies have been from Crank, Transporter and Expendables. Movies that fell between these performances were Blitz, Parker, Death Race, In The Name Of The King, War, Revolver and 13. While some of these movies aren't complete travesties, the point is, he plays the same character in every movie, rarely takes chances, and he can't draw at the box office as a leading man.
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12:51PM on 05/20/2013

Not Guilty

He does seem to play the same character over and over again but I just can't seem to say guilty. Snatch & Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels were his best roles. I would like to see him branch out into different genres but I think he is stuck for a while. Also Death Race should be defense and Crank 2 should be under the prosecution. that movie was down right terrible.
He does seem to play the same character over and over again but I just can't seem to say guilty. Snatch & Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels were his best roles. I would like to see him branch out into different genres but I think he is stuck for a while. Also Death Race should be defense and Crank 2 should be under the prosecution. that movie was down right terrible.
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12:20PM on 05/20/2013

Not Guilty

While he does have a tendency to play similar roles, he also changes those perceptions up with unique takes on them (Revolver, Bank Job, Safe) and he also does movies like 'London', where it's just his acting chops, and he's great.

Plus, very few people today are as badass as he is.

Maybe a warning to be a bit choosier or he'll be re-tried would suffice.
While he does have a tendency to play similar roles, he also changes those perceptions up with unique takes on them (Revolver, Bank Job, Safe) and he also does movies like 'London', where it's just his acting chops, and he's great.

Plus, very few people today are as badass as he is.

Maybe a warning to be a bit choosier or he'll be re-tried would suffice.
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12:08PM on 05/20/2013

not guilty

He makes any bad movie he's in watchable. He may play a similar character in all his films but it is such a fun character to watch. He is a fine actor and a great action star. Not Guilty.

And if i might say so, the "Transporter" series was so much better than "Drive"
He makes any bad movie he's in watchable. He may play a similar character in all his films but it is such a fun character to watch. He is a fine actor and a great action star. Not Guilty.

And if i might say so, the "Transporter" series was so much better than "Drive"
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12:17PM on 05/20/2013
Drive is the superior film. In every single way that you can think of.
Drive is the superior film. In every single way that you can think of.
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12:06PM on 05/20/2013

Not Guilty

This guy is one of only a few true action stars today.
This guy is one of only a few true action stars today.
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12:02PM on 05/20/2013

not guilty

what yard stick are you measuring him by? we know the man isnt ever going to be sir laurence olivier, but his acting skill is strong, his physical presence is intimidating and he can make you believe his action sequences. and quite frankly, though his films are blockbusters and many have similar undertones, the last 4 or 5 movies i saw him in were great! Safe, the Mechanic, Killer Elite and EX2 were in no way BAD films and Statham was the best part of them all. you dont have to break new ground
what yard stick are you measuring him by? we know the man isnt ever going to be sir laurence olivier, but his acting skill is strong, his physical presence is intimidating and he can make you believe his action sequences. and quite frankly, though his films are blockbusters and many have similar undertones, the last 4 or 5 movies i saw him in were great! Safe, the Mechanic, Killer Elite and EX2 were in no way BAD films and Statham was the best part of them all. you dont have to break new ground or rake in the cash every year to be a success.
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11:56AM on 05/20/2013
he is so NOT GUILTY
he is so NOT GUILTY
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11:51AM on 05/20/2013

Jason Statham is the perfect example of...

One being known as a movie star or as an actor. To me, movie stars are basically the kind of people that really don't mind being known as a one note actor. They may try to do different stuff here and there but they would always go back to be being what they're known for. An actor would would always try new things, good or bad, but is always pushing themselves to do something new. Jason is a movie star, but he is no actor. He's guilty of doing the same thing over and over, but he's choosing
One being known as a movie star or as an actor. To me, movie stars are basically the kind of people that really don't mind being known as a one note actor. They may try to do different stuff here and there but they would always go back to be being what they're known for. An actor would would always try new things, good or bad, but is always pushing themselves to do something new. Jason is a movie star, but he is no actor. He's guilty of doing the same thing over and over, but he's choosing to do that. He's not challenging himself. He's more interested in flexing his physical muscles, not his acting ones.
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11:33AM on 05/20/2013

GUILTY!

The last film of his I saw in the theater was The Bank Job. The rest of the ones that I have seen (which aren't many), I have waited for streaming. The guy has got talent but he needs to find better, more intelligent action films.
The last film of his I saw in the theater was The Bank Job. The rest of the ones that I have seen (which aren't many), I have waited for streaming. The guy has got talent but he needs to find better, more intelligent action films.
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11:22AM on 05/20/2013

Not Guilty

His movies may not be perfect but he gives us action packed movies year in and year out when that type of action star isn't really what it use to be like in the 80s and even 90s.
His movies may not be perfect but he gives us action packed movies year in and year out when that type of action star isn't really what it use to be like in the 80s and even 90s.
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11:18AM on 05/20/2013

Not guilty, but only just...

Jason Statham is an actor I respect, hell, I even like occasionally. But he too rarely stars in movies that surpass their genre restraints. Look at Lock, Stock and Snatch. Wickedly funny. Had I never seen him in those, my entire opinion of him would be different. And while Crank has some of that same zany energy, he tends to pick more brooding roles. The reason I prefer Schwarzenegger to Stallone is because Arnold knew when to wink at the audience. Statham can do this, too, but only does it
Jason Statham is an actor I respect, hell, I even like occasionally. But he too rarely stars in movies that surpass their genre restraints. Look at Lock, Stock and Snatch. Wickedly funny. Had I never seen him in those, my entire opinion of him would be different. And while Crank has some of that same zany energy, he tends to pick more brooding roles. The reason I prefer Schwarzenegger to Stallone is because Arnold knew when to wink at the audience. Statham can do this, too, but only does it when playing Chev Chelios (Frank Martin isn't bad though). As a serious actor he reminds me more of Charles Bronson than either of those two, which is fine as long as he picks material to match. I am really looking forward to the film formerly known as Hummingbird (it's current title over here is too damn generic to repeat). If he is indeed in Fast Seven, then all the better.
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10:40AM on 05/20/2013
YOU SUCK JOHNNY RAINBOW! Please get a new writer for this column, you never put anyone up who can be worthy of a jury argument!
YOU SUCK JOHNNY RAINBOW! Please get a new writer for this column, you never put anyone up who can be worthy of a jury argument!
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4:29PM on 05/20/2013
Easier to diss our writer than to suggest your own actors "worthy" of judgment, I guess? We ASK you guys for suggestions, suggest away!
Easier to diss our writer than to suggest your own actors "worthy" of judgment, I guess? We ASK you guys for suggestions, suggest away!
1:17AM on 05/21/2013
Oh wow I got the JoHo himself... hahaha great success
Oh wow I got the JoHo himself... hahaha great success
10:17AM on 05/20/2013

Not guilty

Lock, Stock and Snatch: He's automatically better than us...
Lock, Stock and Snatch: He's automatically better than us...
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10:09AM on 05/20/2013

Not Guilty

A good pick for this week's trial, although I do not hesitate to say that while he does run-of-the-mill stuff more than I'd like him to, he does it well, and he's pretty much the only person keeping the '80s-style action hero alive in a contemporary sense. Not to mention he's got great dramatic chops when he needs 'em. GET OILY, STATHAM, GET OILY!!
A good pick for this week's trial, although I do not hesitate to say that while he does run-of-the-mill stuff more than I'd like him to, he does it well, and he's pretty much the only person keeping the '80s-style action hero alive in a contemporary sense. Not to mention he's got great dramatic chops when he needs 'em. GET OILY, STATHAM, GET OILY!!
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9:58AM on 05/20/2013

No way is he guilty

I agree much with what Johngotti below has to say. I'm gonna check out Parker this week and I've heard good things about Hummingbird. I admire his work ethic and rather see him head on ass kicker rather than how can we expand his range but still have him kick ass when called upon.
I agree much with what Johngotti below has to say. I'm gonna check out Parker this week and I've heard good things about Hummingbird. I admire his work ethic and rather see him head on ass kicker rather than how can we expand his range but still have him kick ass when called upon.
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9:35AM on 05/20/2013

Not Guilty........BUT.......

For the first time in a couple weeks I agree in a choice for this article. I say not guilty only because he can act and occasionally pick good roles ''but'' will do way too many of the same old same old crap. He definetely I think does a lot for the paycheck like The Mechanic, All 3 Trasnporter movies, Parker, and so on. But he will turn around and do something like Death Race, Snatch, Crank 1 not 2, and the Expendables franchise. He's way too cool and likeable also. Charming son of a b$%^& he
For the first time in a couple weeks I agree in a choice for this article. I say not guilty only because he can act and occasionally pick good roles ''but'' will do way too many of the same old same old crap. He definetely I think does a lot for the paycheck like The Mechanic, All 3 Trasnporter movies, Parker, and so on. But he will turn around and do something like Death Race, Snatch, Crank 1 not 2, and the Expendables franchise. He's way too cool and likeable also. Charming son of a b$%^& he is. In closing if he doesn't start consistently choosing better roles he might go down a very sad road we've seen some other action stars go. So not guilty by a hair.
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9:09AM on 05/20/2013

Not Guilty

But close to becoming guilty. His movies have been entertaining, but they're beginning to become generic. It may be time for him to expand to other genres before he travels into direct-to-video land.

Speaking of which, Bruce Willis is starting to go into DTV land, with him making the same facial expression on every DVD cover (most I've never heard of) in the action section at WalMart. It's time for him to get put on trial.
But close to becoming guilty. His movies have been entertaining, but they're beginning to become generic. It may be time for him to expand to other genres before he travels into direct-to-video land.

Speaking of which, Bruce Willis is starting to go into DTV land, with him making the same facial expression on every DVD cover (most I've never heard of) in the action section at WalMart. It's time for him to get put on trial.
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9:04AM on 05/20/2013
The best movie he's ever been in was Snatch. The last good film he was in was London with Chris Evans.
The best movie he's ever been in was Snatch. The last good film he was in was London with Chris Evans.
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12:12PM on 05/20/2013
London is a great film. Very underrated.
London is a great film. Very underrated.
8:49AM on 05/20/2013
I'll say not guilty. But barely. The guy needs to reteam with Guy Ritchie again in something.

It's just that all of his film now just feel and look the same. He does has a great presence on screen though.
I'll say not guilty. But barely. The guy needs to reteam with Guy Ritchie again in something.

It's just that all of his film now just feel and look the same. He does has a great presence on screen though.
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8:48AM on 05/20/2013
Nope. Not guilty. I can't think of any other actor who can be as crazy as him in Crank. And in Safe, it's not just Statham action but he can act too.
Nope. Not guilty. I can't think of any other actor who can be as crazy as him in Crank. And in Safe, it's not just Statham action but he can act too.
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8:42AM on 05/20/2013

Not Guilty

Not sure I'd've included Crank in the defence case (to each their own) but Statham doesn't warrant time in movie jail. He might not do the most varied performances, but he generally suits the movies he's in and he's generally in pretty fun movies. Also Death Race wasn't that bad - it wasn't the original, but it was still a good laugh.
Not sure I'd've included Crank in the defence case (to each their own) but Statham doesn't warrant time in movie jail. He might not do the most varied performances, but he generally suits the movies he's in and he's generally in pretty fun movies. Also Death Race wasn't that bad - it wasn't the original, but it was still a good laugh.
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8:35AM on 05/20/2013

NOT GUILTY

no question about it. He's innocent.
no question about it. He's innocent.
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8:21AM on 05/20/2013

NOT guilty!

Yes, it's unfortunate that he gets a lot of the same roles - but am I the only one who saw PARKER and thought how UNUSUAL it was for him? Sure he kicks ass - but IT'S A RICHARD STARK STORY. That's the kind of stuff Parker deals with! The thing is--he (Jason Statham) brings so much nuance and depth, real emotional connection, to the character. MAJOR SPOILER: at the very end of the film, when he has to tell Jennifer Lopez's character that he can't be with her because he's in a relationship,
Yes, it's unfortunate that he gets a lot of the same roles - but am I the only one who saw PARKER and thought how UNUSUAL it was for him? Sure he kicks ass - but IT'S A RICHARD STARK STORY. That's the kind of stuff Parker deals with! The thing is--he (Jason Statham) brings so much nuance and depth, real emotional connection, to the character. MAJOR SPOILER: at the very end of the film, when he has to tell Jennifer Lopez's character that he can't be with her because he's in a relationship, the look on his face...he's so torn! Such emotional gravitas, so sad! That movie should have been the swan song to his "traditional" kick-ass roles, but because ten people saw it and eight of them thought it was ho-hum, audiences and studios won't give him a chance, and he'll just keep getting Transporter-esque roles, which he is SO much above doing at this point.

Give him a chance, guys. PARKER is a sign that he very much still can do more than glare and spin-kick.
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12:13PM on 05/20/2013
I just watched 'Parker' last night. He and Michael Chiklis (sp?) made excellent foils and yes, Statham brought a certain charm and depth the character would be missing otherwise, and that's my problem with the movie- if it weren't for a solid (if not perfect cast), the writing and directing scream DTV.
I just watched 'Parker' last night. He and Michael Chiklis (sp?) made excellent foils and yes, Statham brought a certain charm and depth the character would be missing otherwise, and that's my problem with the movie- if it weren't for a solid (if not perfect cast), the writing and directing scream DTV.
8:15AM on 05/20/2013

I was thinking of putting him in jail

but I was afraid of him breaking out, killing all the guards and then coming after me!
but I was afraid of him breaking out, killing all the guards and then coming after me!
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8:06AM on 05/20/2013

YESSSS! Finally

The man is a waste of film and hard drive space. Only ever liked him in one film and that was lock stock.

GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY
The man is a waste of film and hard drive space. Only ever liked him in one film and that was lock stock.

GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY
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8:05AM on 05/20/2013

Not Guilty

Clutching at straws now.
Clutching at straws now.
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7:57AM on 05/20/2013

Seriously another face palm worthy moment here. Not guilty ever

Statham is bad ass and has always been bad ass. In many cases he is the only good thing in some of those bad movies listed. The only person that is guilty is the one who suggested Statham. In that case I sentence them to being strapped down and forced to watch all his movies until every one is watched. By the end of the last movie maybe said person's views will be different.
Statham is bad ass and has always been bad ass. In many cases he is the only good thing in some of those bad movies listed. The only person that is guilty is the one who suggested Statham. In that case I sentence them to being strapped down and forced to watch all his movies until every one is watched. By the end of the last movie maybe said person's views will be different.
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7:41AM on 05/20/2013
What happened to Morano and Law? Did they get fired?
What happened to Morano and Law? Did they get fired?
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7:39AM on 05/20/2013

Not Guilty

And I can't believe you threw him under the bus for Death Race.
And I can't believe you threw him under the bus for Death Race.
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7:34AM on 05/20/2013
Absolutely not guilty. He never disappoints, because he never seems to go out pretending to be someone he's not. He's incredibly dependable. If you want to see a movie with action, Statham delivers.
Absolutely not guilty. He never disappoints, because he never seems to go out pretending to be someone he's not. He's incredibly dependable. If you want to see a movie with action, Statham delivers.
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7:32AM on 05/20/2013

Not guilty

I used to look forward to anything he came out with but nowadays i feel his schtick is tired and limited, plus his movies are always b-level maybe if he went for more A-grade flicks like Diesel and Rock he wouldn't have the same problem. Regardless the dude is not guilty, he's been doing the same routine since the get go so it's not like he's in decline.
I used to look forward to anything he came out with but nowadays i feel his schtick is tired and limited, plus his movies are always b-level maybe if he went for more A-grade flicks like Diesel and Rock he wouldn't have the same problem. Regardless the dude is not guilty, he's been doing the same routine since the get go so it's not like he's in decline.
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7:08AM on 05/20/2013
People say he plays the same role in movies all the time and you know what, I can't find any fault in that statement. He's always the tough rogue with the heart of gold, the gritted teeth and the gun in hand. I'd love to see him play a villain again as he did in Cellular (there's a rumour about his possible inclusion in a certain movie franchise that sounds promising) and I did like him showing his more humourous side in The Italian Job, but I don't quite care much either way.
People say he plays the same role in movies all the time and you know what, I can't find any fault in that statement. He's always the tough rogue with the heart of gold, the gritted teeth and the gun in hand. I'd love to see him play a villain again as he did in Cellular (there's a rumour about his possible inclusion in a certain movie franchise that sounds promising) and I did like him showing his more humourous side in The Italian Job, but I don't quite care much either way.
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7:28AM on 05/20/2013
I think it's good that he attempted a villainous role in Cellular but I didn't like him in that role.
I think it's good that he attempted a villainous role in Cellular but I didn't like him in that role.
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7:06AM on 05/20/2013

Guilty

Never been a fan.
Never been a fan.
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7:05AM on 05/20/2013

NOT GUILTY

He showed great promise in Lock Stock and Transporter but then nothing for a few years. Safe was a good film and I heard good things about Bank Job.

He's done some awful projects but at least he hasn't done awful comedies like Vin Diesel and the Rock. I think he just needs to diversify a bit and do projects like Mark Wahlberg. It's better to have a small role in a good film than a big role in a terrible movie.
He showed great promise in Lock Stock and Transporter but then nothing for a few years. Safe was a good film and I heard good things about Bank Job.

He's done some awful projects but at least he hasn't done awful comedies like Vin Diesel and the Rock. I think he just needs to diversify a bit and do projects like Mark Wahlberg. It's better to have a small role in a good film than a big role in a terrible movie.
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6:48AM on 05/20/2013

Not guilty

Funny.i was thinking about Statham and Transporter films just before opening the site and now i see statham.i really couldn't get whats going wrong with his career.may be because he is English,bald,not so funny or the old school Action genre era is over,i don't know but i still believe he has lots of potential.undoubtedly he is the best in ass kicking and its as beautiful as fred astaire's dance.hope his career will get good days
Funny.i was thinking about Statham and Transporter films just before opening the site and now i see statham.i really couldn't get whats going wrong with his career.may be because he is English,bald,not so funny or the old school Action genre era is over,i don't know but i still believe he has lots of potential.undoubtedly he is the best in ass kicking and its as beautiful as fred astaire's dance.hope his career will get good days
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6:46AM on 05/20/2013

NOT GUILTY

Even though he always plays the same part, he has a good presence on screen. And he knows how to kick ass.
Even though he always plays the same part, he has a good presence on screen. And he knows how to kick ass.
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6:36AM on 05/20/2013

100% NOT GUILTY

Hollywood needs Jason Statham. No actor comes close to providing everything that embodies your typical action hero as Jason Statham!
Hollywood needs Jason Statham. No actor comes close to providing everything that embodies your typical action hero as Jason Statham!
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6:56AM on 05/20/2013
Couldn't agree more.Heil Statham!!
Couldn't agree more.Heil Statham!!
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