Wild Card

Critics Consensus

Hardcore Jason Statham fans may enjoy parts of Wild Card, but all other action aficionados need not apply.

31%

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Total Count: 55

29%

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Simon West directs this remake of the 1987 Burt Reynold action thriller in this Sierra/Affinity production starring Jason Statham as a paid enforcer who goes after a gang leader when a group of thugs beat up a personal friend. William Goldman provides the script.

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  • Aug 30, 2015
    Statham is as Statham does and if that's all you look for in a movie then you'll be intermittently pleased with this Heat remake. But if you're looking for a movie that even in the slightest knows what it's about, I'd suggest you look elsewhere.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2015
    The prolific writer William Goldman is the reason to see this typical Jason Statham thriller, all about Las Vegas and dreams deferred. While nothing unusual happens, the insightful dialogue carries the piece. As well, Statham himself is seen perhaps to be better than his action hero cutout character designation, only lacking the proper vehicle.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2015
    Generic and fairly mundane, Wild Card is an underwhelming action film. When one of his friends is beaten and raped Nick Wild, a private security specialist, tracks down the man responsible and helps his friend get her revenge. Jason Statham leads the cast, but gives a pretty rote performance. In fact, none of the acting is particularly good. And the plot is unfocused, shifting between three seemingly unrelated storylines. Wild Card is mildly entertaining at times, but overall it's a rather forgettable film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2015
    Not a half bad action movie. Then again, at its core, this isn't really a conventional action movie. There's only maybe 3 total action sequences in the entire movie, that are done pretty well. I wouldn't call it good, at all, but it's a surprisingly decent little movie. The problem, however, is the fact that the movie goes all over the place with its 'narrative'. There's no real one thread connecting everything that happens together, in spite of it all actually being interconnected. This is one part revenge movie, one part blackjack movie, and one part action movie. And all of it is about as disconnected from each other. Three completely different movies in one. That's, honestly, what keeps the film from a higher rating. Well that and the fact that the film just looks a little bland to me. It takes place in Las Vegas, one of the most colorful places in the United States and yet it comes across as so utterly lifeless and joyless. Granted, that's part of the story with Nick just wanting desperately to leave Las Vegas behind to start his new life. Maybe it's just the fact that I rented the standard DVD version and not the Blu-Ray, because why would I spend more for the Blu-Ray version since it's not like it'd make that much of a difference. But even with that nothing about the film, visually, popped out at you. I know I spent a lot of time talking about this, but it's minor in comparison to how the film's narrative is structured without any rhyme or reason. They just move to the next scene because it's what is on the script. There's no transition or thought behind it. I did like the characters, even if they're not all that complex, but at least the film doesn't take itself too seriously so that helped with my enjoyment of the film. As it stands, this isn't more than a standard action flick, but it's certainly better than the reviews on here probably made it out to be. I wouldn't exactly recommend it, but you can do much worse than this when it comes to action movies. Of course, if you had the chance and you haven't seen them yet, I'd recommend The Raid and The Raid 2 for two absolutely amazing action movies. Or you can watch this, it's pretty average though.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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