Over the years Jason Statham has quickly made a name for himself as one of the go to guys for action. He not only carries the action aspect, but chooses a diverse amount of films to keep things fresh and can act. His latest Redemption looks to deliver the action, but possibly have a deeper story to tell, but does it bring it all together and still give the fans the Statham fans want?
Redemption follows an ex-Special Forces soldier reeling from a traumatic tour of duty in Afghanistan who returns to London only to have to face life on the streets as a homeless veteran. After taking on another man’s identity he finds himself caught in the web of London’s criminal underworld and the ruthless kingpin that murdered his girlfriend hurling him into a path of bloody revenge, but will it destroy him or help him finally find redemption. This is not your average Statham action film; it sets out to tell a much deeper story. Sure there is some decent amount of action and as usual Statham delivers like only he can, but this is really secondary to the true focus point of the story. This film lives up to it’s title as it is really about a man looking for redemption. Statham is giving a lot more depth to work with for this character and does a decent job without ever having to step too far out of his normal comfort zone. This film plays more as a drama following this guy being tortured with the memories of his past and looking for a way to redeem himself and while he sets out to solve the disappearance of a friend, he really needs the redemption for himself. While this film works effectively it does drag a bit in some spots and the relationship it is trying to build between Statham and another character really felt forced. IF they had just allowed the story to focus on his path to find himself and that of the killer it would have made for a much deeper film. This is an interesting character that takes some dark directions as he digs himself out of the darkness only to climbing into a different much darker place.
This is a really good drama/action film, but most fans may be a bit off put as it is light on the action side. This is a character journey and could have easily fallen apart, but thanks to Statham’s ability to inhabit these types of characters it works. If you are not a fan of Statham then this is a good film to test the waters to see him do something a bit different while also getting to see him do his thing, but usual fans need to just know what you are going in for and understand that this is not the gun toting action spectacle you may be used too, but still works pretty well.
Be sure to grab your copy when it hits shelves on September 24th.