Friday, 10 April 2015

#18 WILD CARD

#18 WILD CARD (27/03/15)

Starring Jason Statham, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Angarano, Stanley Tucci, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Anne Heche, Hope Davis and Jason Alexander.

Written by William Goldman, directed by Simon West. 92 minutes long.

A tired, dull remake of the 1986 movie Heat starring Burt Reynolds. This time round, Statham plays down on his luck and heel, PI and bodyguard, Nick Escalante, who goes after the sadistic son of a mob boss who rapes and brutalises a friend of his. After that it's just the usual cliched tricks as Nick wins and loses a fortune at Pontoon and works his way up the food chain until he reaches the baddie, then it's one last fight to the death in the back alley of a diner, with Nick armed only with a spoon (not the first time Jason has fought with just a spoon, he did the same in the seemly ludicrous Blitz.

Jason Statham is a grade A, action hero and the sort of fighter you genuinely believe could easily break you in half like a twig. He could do this sort of thing in his sleep and beyond bringing his faux American accent and a vicious fighting skill to the table brings nothing else.

This is just a very generic film and with a script by Goldman I kinda expecting more, much, much more.

5/10

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