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You're a man with no friends left in the world thinking about doing yourself and your enemies a favor and ending your life. Moments before you can carry out your plan, however, you see a young girl in need of your help. Do you go to her aid? If your answer is no, you just shortened this movie by about 98%.
When we first meet Luke Wright (played by Jason Statham), he's won a mixed martial arts bout that the Russian mob "encouraged" him to lose. An easy enough task given the fact that he already had a losing record. After they assault him, he believes the worst is behind him. That proves to be false when he returns home to find members of the same Russian mob have killed his girlfriend (or wife, I'm not entirely sure and the information sources I've checked are silent on the matter). Rather than kill him, he's left as the prime suspect in the homicide and told to leave the mob's territory. On the other side of the world, a ten year-old Chinese student named Mei (played by Catherine Chan in her first feature film) demonstrates an exceptional gift for remembering numbers regardless of length or complexity. When the nature of her gift becomes common knowledge in her hometown, she becomes the ward of a local businessman with consent of her father whose hands are full thanks to her mother's serious illness. The businessman is a member of the Triads, Chinese organized crime for those who are unfamiliar, and intends to use her gift in America in lieu of written or computer files, as both can be seized by law enforcement. In time, they trust her unflinchingly and ask her to remember a very long number and relay it to the Russians who will give her another number to bring back. But when her escorts are shot en route to the Russians, she runs and they chase her. She makes it to the subway where a despondent Luke (Statham) subdues her pursuers and makes himself the one man in New York who the Triads, the Russians, and the NYPD officers on their payroll all want dead.
Now, I like Jason Statham. While I don't own copies of any film in either the Transporter series or the Crank series, I do own DVDs of The Mechanic and Death Race despite the fact that both films received generally negative reviews from the majority of critics. However that might reflect on my credibility, I thought that this was a very entertaining action film.
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Initial post: Aug 3, 2012 11:12:41 AM PDT
Great review Trey! I am an action fan and Jason Statham fan...I like the majority of the action/thriller films he has been in. I think the only movie I've seen him in that I really didn't care much for was The Bank Job...otherwise, I think he's a phenomenal action star. I had so meant to go and see this movie in theaters, but I unfortunately never made it around to doing so. However, after reviews I have seen of the movie like yours and some others, and some of the trailers and whatnot that I have seen, I am pretty decided on snagging this on Blu-Ray to go along with Expendables, War, the Crank films, and several others of his I own. Good stuff! It comes out on my birthday, so that's pretty awesome.
Posted on Sep 17, 2012 8:43:43 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 30, 2012 3:26:09 AM PDT
w. mycroft says:
you only made one mistake, trey, which reflects poorly upon your stamina. you have neglected to recite the OTHER half of the plot.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2012 8:33:00 AM PDT
Didn't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it.
Posted on Dec 3, 2012 11:51:40 AM PST
Heather McCully says:
I agree with others Trey, that this is a great review. I was hesitant about buying it prior to reading this (even though I am a woman who is ALL about some Jason Statham!!), but now I definitely will be buying it (you know, as a Christmas present for my husband - he likes action movies, so I'm doing it for him :). Like you, I don't own any of the Transporter or the Crank series, but have just about every other movie he has been in (remember Ghosts of Mars??...no, I'm not THAT bad, but still, I know he was in it!). The Expendables series is awesome, and can't wait for the third...they HAVE to come out with one.
Back to your review though, I like how you broke down the plot enough for people to see how interesting the film is/could be and yet you didn't give any of the twisting or turning of the plotline away. You gave enough to "wet" everyone's appetite for more, and for me - to buy it. I would encourage you to review other movies that you have bought/seen and if there's any way for me to follow your reviews I would love to do so! So far you've got great taste!!
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2013 12:31:41 PM PDT
Mark O. Avery says:
Not nearly as annoying as Seagal who I was done with after his first 2 films (no
talent). I'm sorry you feel they're synonymous....Statham's way better/more effortlessly cooler. I DO believe this is one of his lesser undertakings. For me, been
there, done that a lot better!!
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2013 8:07:05 AM PDT
So unlike Seagal, who relly sucks. Jason Statham can act and makes his characters believable. Yes, the characters are very similar, but he's cool, and I think his fans are happy. John Wayne played similar characters for a long time, so did Jackie Chan, but Jason Statham is a much better actor then either of them. Think of the movies as a continuing series like James Bond, but with a different name for each movie.
Posted on Jul 6, 2013 2:27:46 PM PDT
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