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Rotten: "Redemption" doesn't have the chutzpah to let loose and be as dumb as it needs to be, so it instead bores the audience comatose with long stretches of sad-face Statham putzing around an apartment to justify the too-brief bursts of giddy bone-breaking.
- Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic, Thursday, June 27, 2013
Fresh: 'Hummingbird' doesn't always work but wins points for originality.
- Catherine Bray, Time Out, Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Rotten: There's a need for redemption here, to be certain, and it has nothing to do with the narrative.
- David Fear, Time Out New York, Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Having deserted from his post with the British Army in Afghanistan, Joey Smith (Statham) finds himself sleeping on the streets of London. One night, while escaping a pair of thugs, he breaks into a lavish apartment to discover its owner will be out of the country for several months. Smith decides to stick around, wearing the owner's expensive suits and commandeering his sports car. While working in the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant, he uses his military skills to dispatch a rowdy gang of troublemakers. This attracts the attention of a Chinese mobster who employs him as his driver/enforcer. Smith enlists the aid of a young Polish nun (Buzek) to help find the young homeless girl he once protected and uncovers some darker aspects of London's underworld along the way. The London tourist board must really despise UK film-makers. Despite it being one of Europe's most beautiful cities, on screen it's consistently shown as a hellscape, akin to the representation of New York in eighties' movies. With his directorial debut, Knight continues this trend. As the writer of 'Eastern Promises' and 'Dirty Pretty Things', he's dealt with the city's darker side before but 'Hummingbird' sets a new bar, portraying the UK capital as a cesspool where teenage girls inevitably end up floating in rivers after being murdered by ravenous yuppies. Anyone expecting a typical Statham action-fest will have their patience severely tested, though we do get one scene, involving a bunch of drunken footy fans getting their asses kicked, which feels like it's in the wrong movie. To his credit, Statham proves to have some acting chops here, holding his own with darker material than he's known for. Unfortunately, the movie ultimately gets buried in cliches (passionate nuns, Chinese slavery) and forced coincidences (three cathartic events all just happen to be scheduled for the same date). Chris Menges' cinematography provides a beautiful sheen to the neon and grime of London at night and Knight does a decent directing job but it's one trip too many to the well as far as his script is concerned.
- moviewaffle, Saturday, June 29, 2013
Jason Statham attempts to expand his role from straight forward action start to rounded actor in Redemption, and even though he can pull it off, the film reeeaaally drags out. It wasn't bad to see Jason in a different version of badass in this flick, but director Steven Knight doesn't quite hone in on the core of the plot. There's decent acting from the supporting cast. There are moments you think the premise is God and faith and others where it's right and wrong. It bounces back and forth too much and at an hour and forty minutes, it seemed closer to two hours. Statham deserves praise for a deeper performance we're used to, but ultimately, the strong start can't bolster its poor finish.
- fb1544220109, Monday, July 1, 2013
An instant classic. I loved this film. It's an electrifying knockout. A gritty, tough, and gutsy British drama that delivers a powerful punch to the head and heart. It's unflinching, gripping, surprisingly effective and tremendously entertaining. Director-Writer, Steven Knight has crafts a fearless and riveting directional debut, he dives deep into the story and has great characters and develops them nicely. Its a powerful and exhilarating thriller that keeps you compelled and on the edge of your seat. An engaging, exciting and original film. The action is intense and the performances are terrific. Jason Statham gives his best performance to date, he's never been better. Statham is shown in a different light and forces us to see him more as an action hero, but as a man battered and broken and trying to better himself and then becomes a avenging angel. Very few action stars make that leap, I'm happy to say that Statham knocks it out of the park. This is such an absorbing movie, it grabs you and does not let go for an minute. British films have a different breed of grit and intensity and this film shows that wonderfully. A very dark and hard-edged brand of revenge story that puts the characters, substance and story very much at the top. It's truly one of the best films of the year. It's totally awesome
- allan913, Wednesday, September 4, 2013