Writer: Boaz Yakin (Screenplay)
Starring: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Robert John Burke, James Hong, Anson Mount, Chris Sarandon, Joseph Sikora, Reggie Lee
Plot: Former Special Forces agent Luke Wright (Statham) whose life was destroyed by the Russian mob lives a solitary life. After he considers ending his own life he sees a young girl Mei (Chan) in danger, he rescues her and finds out that Mai is carrying a code that every crime syndicate is after. Luke must protect Mai from the Chinese, Russians and corrupt police.
Verdict: Jason Statham does what he does best.
Story: This is a good story that fits Statham to perfection, giving him enough time to show off his fighting skills and gives him a chance to show his emotional level without needing to excel. Having multiply villains and an overall group story with plenty of twists and turns keeps you guessing the whole way through. (8/10)
Actor Review: Jason Statham – Special Forces guy who just kicks everyone ass. This is what Statham was made for and he does enough to show why he is still selling cinema seats rather than DVDs. Star Performance Award, Action Star Award, Kick Ass Award, Lesley Stud Muffin Award (8/10)
Actor Review: Catherine Chan – The ultra-intelligent young girl who can memorize numbers and do large maths instantly in her head, being used by the Chinese mob she is learning the business before getting put in a race for her life. A good debut performance from the young lady. Debut Performance Award (7/10)
Actor Review: Robert John Burke – The leader of the corrupt cops and shows how greedy he is and how much he will do for the extra money. Mr Burke is finding the role of corrupt cop an easy fit for himself at the moment in time playing it on multiple entertainment platforms and he does a good job. (8/10)
Actor Review: Chris Sarandon – The mayor of New York who is just as dirty as the cops who work for him. Typical dirty Politician performance doesn’t shine and doesn’t show enough to make him the most convincing villain. (4/10)
Actor Review: Reggie Lee – Plays Mei’s guardian and mentor teaching her the way of the business. Does reach a good emotional bound with Mai making sure he always looks after her in the dangerous world he now lives in. (8/10)
Director Review: Boaz Yakin – A good story and directed very well, missing the action and the thrills very nicely to make a good watch. (8/10)
Action: Great action throughout be it gun fights, fist fights or just Jason Statham overcoming impossible looking odds.(9/10)
Thriller: Good thriller keeping you guessing all the way though. (8/10)
Believability: With the amount of corruption in higher roles in life and endless battles for money and power between gangs this could be seen as a believable story the action less so. (7/10)
Chances of Tears: None (0/10)
Oscar Chances: None
Chances of Sequel: it does get left open for a potential sequel; I guess it will be up to whether it made enough money.
Suggestion: A good action film with plenty of twists will be a good suggestion for any action junkie and all Statham fans will enjoy this one. (Try It)
Best Part: Statham enters a restaurant and cleans house.
Kill Of The Film: An unlucky mob remember in the restaurant asks a nice friendly question before Statham offs him,
Favourite Quote: Mei ‘You’re a crazy man, but not so stupid’
Similar Too: Mercury Rising
Overall: Statham Kicks ass
Lesley’s Rating 60%