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Redemption Reviews

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Anthony L

Super Reviewer

March 18, 2014
Hummingbird is beautifully directed, whether it's under the neon lit roof-top bars or the street light Soho back streets, every shot is full of colour and well composed. Maybe it's just a little bit too pretty, the word overcompensation springs to mind. On paper the story sounds great but the reality is that it just doesn't work. There is nothing wrong with the cast as such, what is wrong is London and how it's falsely portrayed. Shop keepers do not shout about their special offers in the streets, it isn't just homelessness and City bankers either, and where are the crowds, where is the traffic? You certainly can't hide in London and Soho isn't that big. London is an integral part of the story so this really matters. The emotional parts of the film are poorly handled too, what is supposed to be a big plot twist barely warrants the raising of an eyebrow, the characters are contrived caricatures of people that don't actually exist and they certainly don't evoke sympathy or respect. An hour in and I had completely lost interest. It does look pretty though!
Al S

Super Reviewer

February 23, 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

Super Reviewer

August 13, 2013
All roads don't lead to salvation.

Good movie! It's been quite a long time, perhaps for the first, that I was engrossed with Jason Statham's movie, not due to the sheer number of cracked skulls, but with his character and the ones around him. Hummingbird is another entity compared to his usual martial arts filled carnage, although his trademark of hurting people certainly didn't disappear. Jason Statham as Joey Jones, takes on a deeper and more emotional role, which with the help of director Stephen Knight, surprisingly works well. The movie takes some time to get its rhythm, and while it's commendable for Statham to try this new change, he's still rough in acting department. If Jason Statham can continue in roles like this, he'd be bigger than just the guys who beats people up.

Homeless and on the run from a military court martial, a damaged ex-special forces soldier navigating London's criminal underworld seizes an opportunity to assume another man's identity -- transforming into an avenging angel in the process.
Dann M

Super Reviewer

December 11, 2013
Redemption is a typical Jason Statham film where he drives a car and kills people, and there's not much of a point to anything that happens. Here Statham plays a homeless vet named Joey who's on the run, but before long he's drawn into the life of an enforcer for the Chinese mafia. Poorly titled, there's no "redemption" in the story, as Joey remains a corrupt, amoral character throughout. An inane and rote thriller, Redemption is mindless tripe.

Super Reviewer

June 29, 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.
Todd S

Super Reviewer

August 17, 2014
In one of his more recent films, Jason Statham tries out a more dramatic role. While his performance was terrific, this slow moving film leaves a lot to be desired. Joey (Jason Statham) is a war veteran who has returned to a London that is no longer his home. Falling on hard times, Joey is one of a group of homeless drug addicts, that are being terrorized by a group of thugs. While fleeing from another beating, Joey finds a seemingly abandoned, upscale apartment, and sees it as a chance to get back on his feet. The story was interesting, but it moves at a snails pace and is somewhat unbelievable. Statham pretends to be friends with the man who owns the apartment and the neighbors never question it. The film is further harmed by Joey's love interest, who just happens to be a nun. It was a very strange dynamic. Jason Statham was terrific, as a guy who was leading two lives. At one point he's this addict, trying to protect his girlfriend and at another, he's a mob enforcer, doing what he must to find and save her. The character of the nun, while performed admirably by newcomer Agata Buzek, really complicates the story. It was a semi-interesting twist, but it really takes the movie off course for extended periods of time, slowing the film to a halt. I'm a big Jason Statham fan and will watch anything he does, but if I were making recommendations on which of his film to watch, Redemption sadly wouldn't make the cut.
Jeffrey M

Super Reviewer

September 28, 2013
Redemption is a different sort of Jason Statham thriller, more subdued in its tone, and keen on its dramatic element. With its action-heavy cast but its gloomy, downbeat script, it never feels right. Instead of a revenge or thoughtful action film, we get something that never adds up to anything substantial, or anything especially compelling. It's a literal misfire of a film.

The plot finds Statham as an ex-Special Forces solider (surprise) returning to his home city of London as a distraught man. We find out this trauma relates to something in his past (surprise), with him eventually channeling this repression of emotion to aid a criminal underworld (surprise). In his 'journey', he comes to meet a beautiful nun, who inspires him to change his ways (surprise). While this is all very clichéd, the film takes it especially seriously, and does so with a slow pace and a heavy tone. The biggest problem is that the film keeps wanting to set itself up for a big action finale, and a break-out arc for Statham, yet it never happens. The entire film feels like build-up for something that doesn't happen. Instead, we seemingly get a more dramatic piece of work, but without any originality, and without any real impact.

The biggest sin of Redemption for Statham fans is that Redemption is simply boring. There are some action scenes, to be sure, but they are too far and between dramatic scenes that never work, set against a world that never feels quite real. The paranoia the film sets to achieve, with Statham's character believing he's being watched, falls flat, and does so with poor execution.

Not your typical Statham film, and that's not a good thing.

2.5/5 Stars
Christopher H

Super Reviewer

December 30, 2013
"Redemption" is not completely what you'd expect from Jason Statham. A man that basically has his own brand of action films, Statham steps into a much more dramatic role as Smith, an AWOL Special Forces soldier that has taken to the streets of London, living homeless to avoid being detected. After a young homeless girl is taken into a prostitution ring and winds up dead, Smith finds himself squatting in a traveling man's apartment, taking his clothes and his nice car, and finding work as a crony for crime syndicate in London, searching for the young homeless girl's killers. Building a relationship with a faltering nun named Cristina (Agata Buzek), the girth of the dialogue comes from their back and forth as they question their's and each others' decisions in life. Still showing hints of his action background with a limited number of fight scenes, Statham sticks to a more visceral type of acting that we don't see quite enough of throughout his career. However, sticking to the basics of storytelling, "Redemption" never quite rises above being a showcase for Statham and what could have been an interesting, neon infused exploration of the London underworld falls on the shoulders of a man who never quite carries it beyond average.
Daniel P

Super Reviewer

June 28, 2013
What a surprise. Jason Statham is genuinely doing something different and engrossing here, and though the script is a bit wonky and the plot a tad messy, the performances and the beautiful photography - London looks amazing and despite the copious shots of the London Eye, quite unlike most of the stuff you find in thrillers - more than make up for these shortcomings.
Lane Z

Super Reviewer

July 1, 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.
December 30, 2013
Redemption (2013)

This movie was also called Hummingbird which was what they called the remote drones/cameras that were flying around in Iraq, Afghanistan (and now London). This movie is about Joey Jones, (Jason Statham) who is a battle-scarred homeless man living on the streets in London. I think that the Redemption title is probably a better description of the story.

Yeah, I know, it's another X-Special Forces guy against the mob type scenario that Jason Statham has played in countless movies in the past. This one is slightly more dramatic for Statham and you feel more for the character, as well as a lot of veterans who seem to become homeless street people after facing some mind-bending battle experiences and not getting the support they need. Hmm... well I'll get off of my soap box now.

Back to the movie. Joey is living in a cardboard condo with a young girl, Dawn (Vicky McClure). They get a shake-down by some local guys and the thugs grab the girl and beat-up Joey. Joey manages to escape but by (sort-of) accident, he breaks into a man's apartment who is away in the States. He takes on this man's identity, money, car, etc., and sobers up.

Joey donates some of the money to a lovely nun who runs the local soup kitchen, Cristina (Agata Buzek) who has helped him in the past, and he sort of is infatuated by. He also gets a job doing dishes, but ends up being a fixer for one of the mobs in town. He's still trying to find Dawn who has become a sex worker who later turns up dead.

Naturally, Joey is going to try to find the guy who did this. At the same time he's running from the police for going AWAL from the military, and he's also trying to seduce the Sister Cristina.
May 20, 2013
Redemption is another obvious Jason Statham classic. Doing what he does best, beating the crud out of bad guys and being a badass, which he does well. This outing for Statham is more story than it is action and although you may see the twists and turns coming you still get a sense of compassion for his character like you do most of his movies.
December 22, 2013
December 15, 2013
This is the usual fare to be expected from Statham. He even manages to find himself a job as a driver. The love interest was an unusual twist, but everything ended on a bittersweet note.
November 8, 2013
Jason Statham gives on of his finest performances and gives us a showing of the serious actor he can be but Redemption could have used a bit more crunching fight scenes to really make it an action classic.
October 23, 2013
There are plenty of things to like in this Jason Statham drama but there are just as many questionable things in Redemption such as unanswered questions and absurd plot details that lessen the overall quality of the film. Statham (The Transporter, The Italian Job) stars as an ex-Special Ops soldier from a Middle Eastern war who has returned home a "damaged" man who finds it difficult to re-assimilate back into a loud society that embraces explosive violence and allows aggressive cruelty. Pursued by a vengeful crime lord, Statham becomes a reluctant go-to yes man collecting bribes and payouts in order to keep tabs on the criminal organization and to keep a lookout for a female friend he believes to be either lost or abducted for nefarious purposes by the same crime boss. Statham takes on a double-life of sorts, doing one thing for the criminals while also playing Robin Hood and giving his pay to a saintly nun who loves theater (Agata Buzek) but also takes care of hundreds of London's homeless through a soup kitchen. As he tries to do good, his charity has an inopportune effect as the criminal boss soon begins keeping tabs on that nun believing she knows more than she does. Redemption has much less action than most Statham films and parts of it were reminiscent of the much better and more artistic film Drive from a few years back: Statham's character has some scenes of quiet pondering while acting as a getaway driver while also hoping to better the lives of some innocents he has come across. Redemption is a decent film ... but it doesn't feel complete. Too much is left un-addressed and other things simply happen out of necessity for the story to advance. I didn't dislike this film ... I just wanted to like it more than I did.
October 4, 2013
"Redemption" is a movie about modern-day Robin Hood in London. The main protagonist, who is played by Jason Statham, is constantly morally-torn between paying for his sins and surviving on a daily basis. He works for a Chinese mafia, though he gives a lot of his money to charity. His love interest, a nun, is also morally-torn between following her heart's desires or keeping her vow of chastity to God. The result is a light suspenseful movie that keeps audience interest at a sufficient level, enough to see how the ending unravels.
September 30, 2013
Kind of dumb. Jason Statham is great as always. The story is disjointed and confusing, and the characters are unremarkable. The "romance" is also incredibly awkward to watch. To add to the colossal mess is the terrible ending, which basically eliminates the message that the film is trying to make.
September 25, 2013
(3 1/2 Stars) If Redemption (aka Hummingbird) is actually about redemption, then it kind of has a flawed message, but as far as Jason Statham movies go, this is one of his most dramatic roles I've ever seen. I know it looks like one, but it's not an action movie at all. Sure, Statham is a thug for the Chinese mob and a former soldier stationed in Afghanistan, but it feels a little refreshing to see a movie that's more on character development and less on action. In all of its unevenness, Redemption isn't a movie I would call a failure.
Dave J
August 8, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014

(2013) Redemption

Considering had it had a much higher budget, then I would've liked this film more, but if anyone were to pay close attention to just the action sequences then the film is mediocre since all Jason Stathan does is fight in this one, and it's not any better than anything he's done. Anyways, it's written and directed by Steven Knight involves some homeless people being bullied and harassed by a couple of hoodlums on an alley looking for some quick cash. By the time they stumble onto the couple, he retaliates with the girl he's familiar with managing to run away. This homeless person manages to escape too while one of the two hoodlums chased him up onto one of those high rise buildings and manage to slip into an abandoned apartment building. At this point, viewers are oblivious what his identity was until he decides to reside to there.. It appears that it had been abandoned for quite some time, so this unknown assailant decides to exploit the situation by using it to recuperate since he's been on the bottle for awhile but after looking at himself in the mirror, he decided to put his life back into place again. And it was at this point after he washes himself, cutting the beard and hair viewers are able to recognize him as Jason Statham who's playing an ex army veteran, Joey. And as a result of working in general at a Chinese restaurant, he manages to take on some rowdy customers, and it was the result of that he managed to work and be employed by an underground Chinese organisation as a person who either collects or recuperate money from specific customers. What I'm describing to you is only part of the set up, as he has some objectives to achieve. 1) it's too provide financially to the child he barely sees and to make back support payments to the ex he abandoned. 2) To financially help to those who're in need of better food who're the people living in the streets, and 3) to find and locate the homeless girl that he bonded with at the beginning.

One of the problems I had was the credibility factor which the reason why Joey became a wanted felon since he assaulted a couple of hoodlums who were assaulting some of the homeless people. Yet, while Joey gets sought after by the UK police for the assault on two petty thugs, the aggressors themselves don't get charge for doing the exact same thing. Therefore, that would be called a contradiction. As Joey can be a reflective image about the shabby treatment toward how scarred war veterans are treated by it's gov't and citizens, it fails to criticise on what should be done it. When criticising those who're higher ups should be a right, and this film fails to acknowledge that.

2 out of 4 stars
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