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The Buzz:

        Ex-special forces soldier Joey (Jason Statham) now lives on the streets while trying to hide from society and a court-martial. But unforeseen events allow him to take on the identity of another man, and with it a chance to do some good, and possibly redeem his sins.

 

Life of the Party:

        Once again I find myself starting this section with a potential negative, but here it goes: every single synopsis or summary of the film will tell you that this is yet another Statham movie where his path to atonement is lined with the skulls he must roundhouse kick.

        This is not the case.

        Instead this is largely a drama piece about an emotionally disturbed man trying his best to maybe find some peace, and do something good with his life. It's at times depressing, and other times a bit humorous. Yes there are a couple action scenes where Statham gets to show off how badass he is, but they are not the focus of the film.

        The story is charged with emotion, from Statham trying to find his way, to his friend Christina, a nun trying to balance her faith with her interest in helping Joey in his quest as she struggles with her own demons and experiences. Basically take Safe (before it got all kick-people-in-the-head-badass) and mix in some Requiem for a Dream and you have Redemption. In fact I think it falls into that rare category of “romantic-tragedy;” most romance films end badly, but Redemption ends depressingly, and if you understand what it is I'm trying to describe, you'll get just what I mean right about when the credits start to roll.

 

Side note: if they ever remake Last Action Hero, get Statham to play that guy with the axe

Potential Hangovers:

        The only real flaw I can find in this film is that it's slow. Probably because I expected the “atonement-through-roundhouse-kicks” film, but the point still stands that this film takes its sweet time getting into the swing of things, and even then nothing is rushed.

 

The Vibe: Date Night, Lazy Afternoon

        I never thought I'd ever see a Statham film and consider it “Date Night” material, but there it is. Cuddle up with your significant other, open up that bottle of wine you're saving (or box of Franzia, we don't judge), and enjoy. Alternatively use it on that day you're just sitting around on an afternoon and are looking for something to enjoy quietly.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Good story

+ Very emotionally charged

+ Great drama piece

+ It's a Statham movie for date night!

- Can be slow

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