Joey is a military vet who returns home to find himself haunted by a harrowing tour in Afghanistan. While struggling to reconcile his past, his pregnant girlfriend is brutally murdered causing Joey to assume the identity of someone else while seeking revenge for her murder.
Jason Statham (Joey), Agata Buzek (Christina), Vicky McClure (Dawn), Benedict Wong (Mr. Choy), Ger Ryan (Mother Superior), Youssef Kerkour (Bouzanis), Anthony Morris (Taxman), Christian Brassington (Forrester).
Redemption is interesting to start as we get some story background and character exposure. From there the film settles into the well worn story of an average guy turning into something of a superhero while exacting revenge for the heinous crime against his girlfriend. The story feels jerky rather than smooth as some poorly defined drama breaks up the potentially engaging action scenes. The film finally expires with a wheeze and a well designed happy ending.
Acting was decent in this one but it just couldn't save the story. Statham delivered well considering he was performing in a dramatic role for much of the film. Buzek did nicely for her part, delivering an authentic feeling performance and playing well against Statham. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid and contributed well to the film.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all good with a solid feel throughout. Physical effects exhibited good quality and a realistic feel. Dialogue was mediocre with some dry points. Sound and soundtrack were good.
Overall Redemption is a decent entry level action thriller, but a disappointing Statham film. Those anticipating the high energy action films he is known for will be somewhat disappointed. Those unfamiliar with his work, who enjoy some drama with their action, will probably enjoy this the most.
With plenty of strong violence, nudity, and foul language save this for the oldest teens and above.
copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel
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