Sunday, November 3, 2013

Released June 28, 2013
1 hr 40 min
R |

Recently added to Netflix's library of films, Redemption is Jason Statham's latest generic kick ass revenge film.  Surprisingly subdued compared to a lot of his other films the film is still full of action and a quirky love story with a nun to boot.  With no Sylvester Stallone or Jennifer Lopez to give this film a box office boost, Redemption, or Hummingbird as it's known in the U.K. fails financially and can't atone plot wise either.

Jason Statham plays as Joseph Smith an ex-commando for the British marines. While in Afghanistan, we see his unit gunned down quite viciously and Joseph going awol after that.  Fast forward to the present, he now lives as a homeless drunk with a girl name Isabel (Victoria Bewick).  When bullied by two thugs who shakes down homeless people for money and drugs, he happens upon an empty apartment whose owner is away for the summer.  Isabel is not so lucky as she's forced into prostitution by the two thugs.

Joey uses this new found luck to get drunk first and then to change his life around.  When his Chinese restaurant boss observes his fighting skills when dealing with some drunken hooligans, he gets a promotion to driver/thug for the local Chinese crime boss.  With money raking in, he tries to do good with it by buying meals for the homeless while saving a large portion of it for his ex-wife and daughter.  All the meanwhile Joey and the nun, Sister Cristina (Agata Buzek) whom he met at the food kitchen gets closer.  She tries to turn his life around, telling him to stop working for the Chinese.  But when Joey learns of Isabel's death at the hands of an abusive John, it's time for some payback.

Throughout the film he struggles with flashbacks of the day his unit was ambushed.  He struggles with the guilt of being the only survivor and what he did after the ambush.  When he has his episodes he imagines hummingbirds all around as military drones out to get him.  Jason does a great job in acting out this mental disorder.  But unfortunately most of the film is all over the place as it tries to do too much or just makes no sense.

Overall, I would recommend watching it on Netflix if you're a fan of Jason Statham.  But I would not recommend going out of your way to see it if you haven't already.  As for as action flicks, there are better Jason Statham movies more deserving of your time than this.  There is just no redemption to be found here at all aside from Jason's acting.

Rating: 2.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



  • Jason Statham as Joseph Smith/Joey Jones ex-Royal Marine
  • Agata Buzek as Sister Cristina, a young nun
  • Christian Brassington as Max Forrester, a murderous city boy
  • Vicky McClure as Dawn
  • Benedict Wong as Mr Choy
  • Ger Ryan as Mother Superior
  • Victoria Bewick as Isabel
  • Sang Lui as Tony
  • Lillie Buttery as young Cristina

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