HollywoodChicago.com RSS   Facebook   HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter   Free Giveaway E-mail   

Film Review: Jason Statham Shows Range on Road to ‘Redemption’

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionE-mail page to friendE-mail page to friendPDF versionPDF version
No votes yet

CHICAGO – Stephen Knight, the writer of brilliant scripts for “Eastern Promises” & “Dirty Pretty Things,” makes his directorial debut with “Redemption,” opening today in limited release, starring Jason Statham in a role that proves that he has more dramatic range than he’s usually asked to display. With Statham’s best performance since “The Bank Job,” “Redemption” nearly works. It’s one of those truly frustrating films in that there are numerous scenes & moments that work but Knight can’t quite fashion them into a whole that’s not a disappointment. But he comes damn close.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.0/5.0
Rating: 3.0/5.0

Joey Jones (Statham) participated in something horrible in his time in the service. He’s shattered with PTSD to the degree that he even has hallucinations (one involving hummingbirds, which contributed to the film’s superior, original title, “Hummingbird,” when it was released overseas) and has taken to life on the street. He drowns his trauma in booze, while also avoiding a court martial by staying anonymous. When some thugs beat him up, he’s chased to a rooftop, where he falls through a skylight into an apartment that seems unoccupied. He learns that the owner is gone for the Summer, takes some of his clothes and the credit card he got in the mail, and tries to clean himself up a bit.

StarRead Brian Tallerico’s full review of “Redemption” in our reviews section.

Finding redemption through stepping into the shoes of a stranger is one of only several plotlines that don’t quite weave through “Redemption” but instead sit parallel to one another. Joey gets involved with the mafia, confronts a pedophile murderer, and even begins a unique relationship with the nun named Cristina (Agata Buzek) who feeds him at a soup kitchen. That arc is actually the most successful of the film by some stretch. Cristina sees some purity and truth in Joey’s eyes. This is a good man in a bad life. And Cristina herself seems to have some trauma in the past that Joey could help her deal with. While a love story between a homeless criminal and a Polish nun may sound like nonsense, it is clear that this is the plotline that interests Knight & Statham the most. It’s where the film comes alive.

StarContinue reading for Brian Tallerico’s full “Redemption” review.

“Redemption” stars Jason Statham and Agata Buzek. It was written and directed by Stephen Knight. It opens on June 28, 2013.

Redemption
Redemption
Photo credit: Roadside Attractions

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

Hot stories on the Web


User Login

Free Giveaway Mailing

TV, DVD, BLU-RAY & THEATER REVIEWS

  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    CHICAGO – With J.J. Abrams not involved with the creation of a third “Star Trek” movie, a compendium of his work within the franchise only seems fitting. Loaded with special features but only a few new ones, this disc set is a strong choice for those who don’t already have both entertaining blockbusters in their collection.

  • References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot

    CHICAGO – In “References to Salvador Dali Makes Me Hot,” now at the Den Theatre in Chicago through September 7th, the intersect of author José Rivera and the strong cast of actors make for a formidable partnership. Committed and passionate interpreters take both the soft and edgy parts of the narrative to task.

Advertisement


HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter

archive

HollywoodChicago.com Top Ten Discussions
tracker