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Review: Redemption

Redemption
06.24.2013by:
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PLOT: An AWOL Royal Marine, Joey Jones (Jason Statham) hides from his pursuers on the streets of London, where he lives as a homeless junkie. After being attacked by a gang of goons, Joey takes solace in a fancy apartment, whose tenant is away for the summer. Seeing this as a fresh start, Joey is able to clean himself and starts his life over, working as muscle for the Chinese mob. When a former friend from his homeless days turns up dead, Joey tries to redeem himself by solving her murder.

REVIEW: The hastily retitled REDEMPTION (it was originally called HUMMINGBIRD, which is still the UK title) is not the generic Jason Statham vehicle it's being sold as. The directorial debut of Steven Knight, the writer of EASTERN PROMISES and DIRTY PRETTY THINGS, this is a serious, somber film, with relatively little in the way of Statham-style punch ups and action, and as such will obviously not suit all of his hardcore action-fans.

 

However, you have to admire Statham for occasionally trying these more serious kinds of movies, most of which he makes in the UK. THE BANK JOB was one such film, and to me that stands as his best solo-work to date, although the last time he tried a movie like this we got BLITZ, which was pretty bad.

REDEMPTION is certainly an improvement over that film, even if it's still only intermittently successful. Knight seems to be trying to make a serious film about the toll of post-traumatic stress on returning soldiers, but he throws in too many random action elements in a seemingly belated attempt to please Statham's fan base. The two or three fight scenes are so out of synch with the rest of the movie it feels like they were shoehorned in to allow the studio to market this as an action movie right down to the generic DTV-style title (HUMMINGBIRD is much more appropriate, with them figuring into Statham's big hallucinatory PTSD meltdown early in the movie).

If anything, REDEMPTION aspires to be an unconventional love story, with much more of the running time spent on Statham's burgeoning flirtation with a Polish nun (played by Agata Buzek) who's suffering through a crisis of faith. Statham's on-screen romances are usually limited to the requisite “hot chick” who's thrown into his big action movies, so it's a nice change of pace to see Statham actually play out a relationship with someone.

Other than his last Guy Ritchie film REVOLVER (which I despised) and his early indie LONDON, Statham's never really had the chance to challenge himself too much as an actor, but REDEMPTION clearly shows that for all his macho swagger, Statham has his soft side, and can be effective given the opportunity to explore that side of himself (he even gets his first-ever crying scene).

It's too bad that REDEMPTION feels as compromised as it does, as Statham's performance and the gorgeous neon cinematography by DP Chris Menges deserve better than this. The subplot about Statham working for the mob never pays off in a big way, and it's pretty much abandoned in the last half hour of the movie which focuses almost exclusively on Statham's relationship with Buzek.

Obviously, Statham fans who are expecting one of his typical action outings will be disappointed, but you have to admire him for at least trying to stretch a bit. While the movie itself may not be all that great, Statham's performance is quite good and shows that if he's given the chance there's more to him than just punch-ups and action (not that there's anything wrong with a good action flick). With the right role, Statham just might surprise us all.

Extra Tidbit: I'd love to see Statham work with a guy like Michael Mann (who used him briefly in COLLATERAL) or Nicolas Refn.
Source: JoBlo.com

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10:03PM on 06/24/2013

To me its

Still Hummingbird. Damn us U.S. types. Anyhow, it should come to no surprise to my fellow jobloers that I'm a hardcore Stath fan (and a huge admirer of Colin Farrell) I have recommended London countless times where he goes all out in his character. Snatch and Lock, Stock notwithstanding and I really dug Bank Job aside from all his action "vehicles" (next summer can't get here soon enough). I will definitely be seeing Hummingbird to see what he brings to the character. Also, I never did get all
Still Hummingbird. Damn us U.S. types. Anyhow, it should come to no surprise to my fellow jobloers that I'm a hardcore Stath fan (and a huge admirer of Colin Farrell) I have recommended London countless times where he goes all out in his character. Snatch and Lock, Stock notwithstanding and I really dug Bank Job aside from all his action "vehicles" (next summer can't get here soon enough). I will definitely be seeing Hummingbird to see what he brings to the character. Also, I never did get all the hate for Revolver either...long live The Stath!
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1:24PM on 06/24/2013
Nice! from the writer of Eastern Promises! Will be checking this out.
Nice! from the writer of Eastern Promises! Will be checking this out.
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6:47AM on 06/24/2013
Statham is great and most of his fans are aware of how talented he actually is, (his breakdown in London is, to this day, one of my favorite movie scenes.) His career is interesting because he is pigeonholed and criticized the way many one note actors are, yet at the same time he is put on a higher pedestal than the rest of "those B actors" - and by that I mean lots of film fans are actually upset when he chooses to do a paycheck or by-the-numbers role. There are plenty of sexy tough guy
Statham is great and most of his fans are aware of how talented he actually is, (his breakdown in London is, to this day, one of my favorite movie scenes.) His career is interesting because he is pigeonholed and criticized the way many one note actors are, yet at the same time he is put on a higher pedestal than the rest of "those B actors" - and by that I mean lots of film fans are actually upset when he chooses to do a paycheck or by-the-numbers role. There are plenty of sexy tough guy actors who do the same shit over and over again but Jason Statham is the only one whose name you'll see alongside an article about an A-list director or actor. This is because, in my opinion, he does his job so well - he is the "every man" that all of us men want to be and easily identify with in action movies, (Clint Eastwood, Chuck Bronson, etc.)

It sounds like with this and Parker, Statham has finally become comfortable with what is expected out of him and is ready to branch out and prove to everyone how talented he actually is. I'm thinking though that maybe the best way to do that is not with a tough guy role but maybe something more along the lines of who he played in London?

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6:23AM on 06/24/2013
I rated Revolver a 10/10. In my book it's one of the most misunderstood and underappreciated films ever. It seriously boggles my mind as to how many people hate it. Oh well...
I rated Revolver a 10/10. In my book it's one of the most misunderstood and underappreciated films ever. It seriously boggles my mind as to how many people hate it. Oh well...
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11:20AM on 06/24/2013
Because it's hugely misguided and just a mess of a plot in my opinion.
Because it's hugely misguided and just a mess of a plot in my opinion.
11:55AM on 06/24/2013
The intricate and ingenious (albeit not entirely original) plot is actually my favorite element from it, along with the super sleek cinematography and the brilliant score by Nathaniel Mechaly.
The intricate and ingenious (albeit not entirely original) plot is actually my favorite element from it, along with the super sleek cinematography and the brilliant score by Nathaniel Mechaly.
6:12AM on 06/24/2013

watch Snatch if you want Statham just act!

Although its an action crime film,Jason only acts like an entrepreneur/boxing manager in the film!
I always knew Jason can act!
Although its an action crime film,Jason only acts like an entrepreneur/boxing manager in the film!
I always knew Jason can act!
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6:14AM on 06/24/2013
Snatch and The Bank Job.
Snatch and The Bank Job.
5:23AM on 06/24/2013
Comment for third picture: "THIS is how you prepare Peking Duck!".
Comment for third picture: "THIS is how you prepare Peking Duck!".
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1:45AM on 06/24/2013
Glad to hear it's not quite your average generic Jason Statham vehicle. I didn't like last year's Safe as much as JimmyO and a number of fellow schmoes did, and while Parker was different, I don't think it quite worked. I like the title "Hummingbird" better than "Redemption", which has a bit of a direct-to-DVD feel to it.

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Really looking forward to seeing him duke it out with the Fast and Furious crew though.
Glad to hear it's not quite your average generic Jason Statham vehicle. I didn't like last year's Safe as much as JimmyO and a number of fellow schmoes did, and while Parker was different, I don't think it quite worked. I like the title "Hummingbird" better than "Redemption", which has a bit of a direct-to-DVD feel to it.

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Really looking forward to seeing him duke it out with the Fast and Furious crew though.
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1:25PM on 06/24/2013
Yes! I agree. He'll whip all their asses too!
Yes! I agree. He'll whip all their asses too!
1:04AM on 06/24/2013
I would like to see him actually stretch his acting chops and take more roles and risks like this....for a little bit. The guy can give a good performance without physically kicking someone's ass.

But he was terrific in London. Great little indie flick that's very underrated. Maybe my favorite film with Statham in it.
I would like to see him actually stretch his acting chops and take more roles and risks like this....for a little bit. The guy can give a good performance without physically kicking someone's ass.

But he was terrific in London. Great little indie flick that's very underrated. Maybe my favorite film with Statham in it.
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