"Statham steps out from behind the scope to reveal a soldier who chooses the pain of alcoholism to save the unworthy from his lethal sobriety"
If you're a die-hard fan of "The Statham", you'll want to see his latest release titled, "Redemption" also called "Hummingbird" in it's U.K release. This film shows a lot of heart from our action favorite, as he plays the character, Crazy Joe, a war vet that uses alcohol to cope with PTSD. What makes this film interesting is the fact that he chooses this life to save others from a deadly pain that he has dealt so liberally to others during his time abroad. So without anymore delays, let's Unhinge, "Redemption".
At the beginning of this film, we find Joe(Statham) a drunk, homeless nobody that can't even defend himself against the average low life. He lives in a box with other forgotten and lost souls, content with drinking and drugging their lives away. That is until on eventful night, his life hangs in the balance and he is forced to flee from the warmth of his cozy cardboard condo. Running scared and looking for an exit, he stumbles into someone else's home who just happens to have a lot of money and an amazing sense of fashion.
Joe uses his new found pad to wallow in more self-pity and drink himself stupid, until he comes to the realization that he can't make a difference being "three sheets in the wind". He finds the courage and strength to battle his demons with a sober mind, a clearer mind, a mind that has been sharpened through years of military coercion. The only drawback about this restored clarity is that he is a trained killer and what do killers do? Well, they kill people and as long as they have a target. Let the bullet's fly!
So Joe, now a loaded gun looking for a target, starts to rebuild and repair what's salvageable from his life as a soldier. He begins to strengthen relationships with alliances he made while homeless, one in particular, a cute woman by the name of Sister Cristina(Buzek). She is someone that showed Joe the kinder passions of the world, even at his worst. Also, he remembers a friend that he misplaced during his run from Cardboard City and now ..he has it! He's found a direction to point his sobriety, his focus and hopefully it's a path in which he can claim his "Redemption".
As we stated earlier, this movie is one to see and it's not solely because it's Statham, it's because it's a good arse movie. Statham rocks as a soldier with a conscience and his mission to find answers leads him down some wicked paths that allow him to do what he does best. Kick plenty of Hind-End!
"Redemption" as a whole, has loads of action with slivers of drama that smooth out the deadly edges of this film. Also, when watching you will find that the overall plot of the movie is sound and it is one that can appeal to both male and female audiences without encountering too many difficulties.
One thing we'd like to elaborate on just a little would be Joe's special interest in Sister Cristina. You want to talk about steamy implications, we just love the way her interactions with Joe cause her to question her own moral beliefs. You'll see when you watch it, it's not often that you see "The Statham turning heads, let alone a God-fearing woman! Guess he's got those moves like Jagger..lol
All in all, we enjoyed this film and we feel you will too. "Redemption" is a film to be watched when you want some quality action without a barrage of bullets shredding the experience. If your a fan of the "The Statham" you may also want to check out some of our other reviews on his films like Parker or Blitz.
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