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2012

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When a second-rate cage fighter, Luke Wright, is tormented by the Russian Mafia and wanders the streets of New York, he witnesses a young Chinese girl Mei, being pursued by the same mafia who want her for a priceless numerical code that they would kill for.

Starring:
Jason Statham, Catherine Chan
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action
Director Boaz Yakin
Starring Jason Statham, Catherine Chan
Supporting actors Robert John Burke, James Hong, Anson Mount, Chris Sarandon, Sándor Técsy, Joseph Sikora, Igor Jijikine, Reggie Lee, James Colby, Matt O'Toole, Jack Gwaltney, Barry Bradford, Jay Giannone, James Tolbert III, Danni Lang, Julian Marzal, Scott Nicholson, Kathy Anne Zhang
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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.
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The film opens with Luke Wright (Jason Statham) as a Jersey ring fighter. While fighting an Internet sensation, Statham was supposed to take a dive. He hit the guy once and put him into a coma to the dismay of the Russian mafia who then kills his family and anyone who talks to Statham. While contemplating suicide, Jason espies a Chinese girl attempting to avoid the same Russian mafia. With nothing to lose, Jason springs into action.

The girl (Catherine Chan) has memorized a safe combination for the Chinese mafia, which the Russians want. In order to save the girl, Statham must battle the Russian mafia, Chinese mafia, and the crooked NYPD who are on the take. Jason has a past that makes him more than qualified to take them on.

The movie has numerous chase scenes, shoot outs, fights, and general tough guy stuff. We get a glimpse of Statham doing some compassionate acting (he actually sheds a tear) and let me say... "It ain't pretty." The heartless cold calculating tough guy is his best role. Jason and the girl have good chemistry, there just wasn't enough of it. Good intensity. Good pace, i.e. decent editing.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bombs, no sex or nudity.
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This is a very good film. Very entertaining. And if you are a fan of Jason Statham this movie will not disappoint.

This is an action film. Pure action. So if you're looking for a drama piece, go somewhere else.

It starts with Statham's character witnessing his wife get killed and then being allowed to live by the Russian mob only so they can torment him. He runs into a little girl that has been forced to work for the Chinese mob. He saves her and all hell breaks loose. Suddenly, the cops, the Chinese, and the Russians are all after him and the combination to a safe that the girl holds in her head.

The movie is fast paced and never slows down. Action packed and explosive. Yeah there are a lot of unreal moments in it, but this is a movie after all. However, it is not meant for children. The plot is solid an dI love how he sticks it to everyone that is chasing him in the end.

Watch it. You'll be glad you did.
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Not a typical action flick because, remarkably, there's also a fully-conceived narrative being told; a sublime study of character that I normally associate with more cerebral productions.

Tells the story of Luke Wright, former cop who turned in a bunch of dirty cops on the take - his buddies. Having been excised from the fraternal order as part of the pyrrhic bargain, he drifted, finally finding work as journeyman cage fighter. It's not a great life, but it's one that he finds honor in living. Along with his wife, he's doing okay. Until he accidentally puts out the light of a glass-jawed opponent. An opponent who was 'supposed' to win.

With so much money on the line, the muckers who arrange such things are understandably pissed. Worse, those weren't the heaviest hitters who wagered on the rigged match. The Russian Mafia isn't known for losing money with grace. The penalty for his inadvertent win - murdering his wife. And in true twisted fashion, they leave him breathing. It's explained that he's on their forever-crap list, they'll be watching him for the rest of his life. If he makes any connection, anything other than the most casual of contact with another human being, they're going to murder that person too. Luke is branded a loner now and for as long as his heart continues its miserable beat. This isn't life - it's existence.

His own death would be a release. That's the sick mentality of the ultimate mob punishment - you're forced to go on while everything you care about, or even hope to care about, is utterly ground underfoot.

On the other side of the world, a young math prodigy has been discovered.
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