Although Jason Statham gives a great performance, and the direction is smooth and stylish, the film has poor pacing, and the story feels convoluted and doesn't really go anywhere.
Although it never fully explores the issues it raises, it still swings for the fences by touching on some big issues: addiction, prostitution, religion, revenge, the nature of good vs bad and, most notably, post traumatic stress disorder.
A homeless man on the run from the government for an outstanding court-martial from deserting after witnessing some horrific events falls into some misfortune. While running from some men trying to beat up the homeless man, he stows away in an apartment where he steals a man's identity and belongings and begins living in the establishment. He uses his new found fortune for revenge and protecting the homeless.
"Also, I didn't realize there'd be so many naked men."
Steven Knight, director of Locke and episodes from the television series Detectives, delivers Redemption in his directorial debut. The storyline for this picture isn't bad and fun to watch unfold. There are some awkward and clumsy scenes and the acting is uneven. The cast includes Jason Statham, Agata Buzek, Vicky McClure, Benedict Wong, and Ger Ryan.
"I'm not your sister, I'm drunk, and I'm up against the wall."
This was amongst many new Statham movies that were added to the Netflix queue not too long ago. I generally enjoy his films and decided to give this a shot. This was slightly disappointing and did not add much to the genre. The flashback scenes were not well done and at the time the story felt weak and vulnerable. This could have been better.
"I'm guessing you've got psychological problems."
He squats in a mans condo while he is on vacation to help him get his life on track and ends up working for some shady people and wants to get revenge on some thugs that hurt a friend of his while he was living on the streets.
He also falls in love with a nun who gives food to homeless people.