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by Tony Medley
When you pay
your money to see a Jason Statham movie, you are paying to see Jason
dispatch lots of bad guys single-handed. That's what you get here, in
Catherine Chan) is a ten-year old math prodigy who is brutally taken
from her family in China to be a tool for the Chinese mafia. Luke Wright
(Statham) is a down and out fighter, former NYPD cop, whose family has
been murdered and his life destroyed by the Russian mafia. As he's
contemplating suicide in the subway, he encounters Mei who is clearly in
trouble, and becomes her protector against all the bad people in New
York who need her, and that includes just about everyone who lives
there. The result is that when the movie ends, it's hard to believe that
Jason has left anyone alive in The Big Apple.
The triad boss,
Han Jiao (well played by James Hong), is a vicious manipulator who uses
Mei with no regard for her welfare. Equally cold and unfeeling is Mei's
guardian, Quan Chang (Reggie Lee), who also has no feelings for poor
NYPD is Luke's old boss, NYPD Police Captain Wolf (Robert John Burke),
who is just as unsympathetic as Jiao and Chang. What makes this movie so
much fun is that the bad guys are really hateful, which makes their
comeuppance from Luke all the more desirable.
Statham is more
than just an action hero. He shows admirable range here in displaying the
depths to which Luke has descended. But as the movie progresses and as
Luke gets into the action, the joy of life returns to him as he risks it
all to save Mei. This isn't really a revenge movie à la Charles
Bronson's Death Wish films. In those, Charles was solely out to
wreak vengeance. Here, Luke has accepted his fate to have his life
ruined by the vicious criminals who killed his family until he meets Mei
and realizes that it's up to him to rescue her. That in the process he
also gets back at the Russians who killed his family is just icing on
Ably written and
directed by Boaz Yakin, in his first try at an action film, this is
almost non stop action. Maybe it's not for everyone, but the tension
drives the film and the stunts are impressive, including lots of fine
April 26, 2012