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While it certainly has more on its mind than the average Jason Statham action thriller, Redemption doesn't quite capitalize on its premise -- or on its star's strong, committed performance.



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Notorious badass Jason Statham stars as an ex-Special Forces soldier who returns to London a damaged man, struggling to find justice in a world saturated with violence in this gritty, explosive story about London's criminal underworld written and directed by Academy Award nominee Steven Knight. (c) Roadside Attractions

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Critic Reviews for Redemption

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  • It's really just an over-blown fashion shoot. Let's hope Jason got to keep the clothes.

    Jun 28, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • This is the film that introduces us to the Stath's sensitive side. If that hasn't put you off, it should.

    Jun 28, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Look beyond the generic shell, and this wildly imperfect movie appears to have a rare soul lurking inside it.

    Jun 28, 2013
  • Nothing in "Redemption" quite adds up, including the paranoid hero's insistence that he's being watched by drones.

    Jun 28, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Knight seems to want to say something, but it comes out pretty garbled.

    Jun 28, 2013 | Rating: D | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • A flawed but still solid debut. And another strong step forward for Jason Statham, the man who won't stay still.

    Jun 28, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Redemption

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.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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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

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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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.

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