So today we have Mr. Statham’s 2013 film Hummingbird or, for those of you “across the pond”, Redemption. IMDb has this currently (13th January 2015) rated at 6.2 from 41,332 users which is somewhat disappointing. It’s definitely better than Blitz which is also rated at 6.2 from 57,860 users and just as good as Homefront which sits at 6.5 from 64,622 lovely users. I know I’m splitting hairs, but hey, I don’t really care.
Hummingbird (I’ll be referring to it by its UK title) was a pleasant surprise for me. I hadn’t seen it before, but do remember when it was released, with the internet “word” being about “the one that Jason Statham actually acts in.” It’s fair to say the action/ violence quota is a little on the low side for a film starring The Stath, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s certainly got a great pedigree, having been written and directed by Steven Knight and if you think you’ve heard that name before you’d be right. Mr. Knight also wrote and directed the excellent Locke in 2014 with Tom Hardy.
I don’t really want to go into the whys and wherefores of Hummingbird. It’s got a strong narrative and I don’t want to spoil anything for potential viewers. The use of side streets and back alleys in central London, a lot of it shot at night, lend a sense of disconnect from the daily routines played out around us. These are some of the sights and sounds the homeless of our great city are used to; it feels like an attempt to show us their world, to draw us in. Mr. Statham’s character never forgets where he has come from at this stage in his life. I think it’s quite sensitively handled and I applaud the production for that. But let’s be clear; this isn’t a film about the homeless, I just think that part of it has been well tackled.
Hummingbird is not your typical Jason Statham film – that is to say, it isn’t your typical Stath film when considering his reputation. Some may suggest it’s a bit of a stretch for him, but I would disagree. Hummingbird is an opportunity for Mr. Statham to flex his acting muscles rather than to literally flex his muscles. An opportunity that doesn’t seem to have been afforded our favourite action hero thus far. In all fairness, Hummingbird was only released about 18 months ago, so here’s hoping these are the kind of roles The Stath is aiming to play more of. This film does not deserve it’s lowly 6.2 rating on IMDb. Check it out for yourself. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Thank you for reading 🙂