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hummingbirdJason Statham is Joey Jones, a former Special Forces soldier who in Afghanistan saw his entire platoon shot to pieces in front of his eyes. Following that traumatic event he went on a killing spree after which Joey ran from the Military Police who want to bring him in front of a courtmartial.

We find back Joey in the backstreets of London where he and his friend Isabel live amongst a group of homeless who every so often get harassed by some smalltime crooks. On one of such occasions Joey flees and succeeds in breaking into the appartment of a certain Damon. Damon apparently is out of the country for a few months and things get even better when it appears that in the pile of mail at the front door there’s a brand new bank pass along with pin code! Joey refreshes himself, dives into Damon’s clothes for some decent stuff, and after a visit to a pin machine goes out to have some fun. However, he doesn’t only think about himself; part of the money he took he gives away to some homeless people and the rest is given to Cristina, one of the Sisters of Redemption who pass out food to the needy.

Using Damon’s appartment as home base, Joey starts to build a life for himself again, even if this is as driver and “muscle man” for a local Chinese mob boss. Meanwhile he also starts to get feelings for Cristina who apparently has some problems of her own she tries to overcome. However, when Joey finds out that Isabel was found murdered and the cops are all but interested in catching the person who did this, Joey decides to take matters in his own hands, even if this would mean the end of everything he’s recently tried building up…

Jason Statham is just about the youngest of the “Expendables” and about the most active “action hero” of the last few year. His movies, however, aren’t Always as succesful, let alone good. Often it’s all about the main character and the depth of the story goes little further than that of a foodplate. And then we’re not even talking about a soup plate. Sadly enough this is again the case with Hummingbird.

The makers do try to set up a deep story, but it just doesn’t work. A Special Forces soldier who has fallen down to the bottom side of civilisation, manages with a bit of luck to stand up again, starts something you can try to call a relationship with a nun, misses his wife and daughter, and then goes out to hunt the murderer of his former girlfriend who ended up in prostitution? It doesn’t sound very credible and the movie doesn’t manage one bit to uplift that credibility at any time.

Statham does his best to show he can act, but the cast that surrounds him falls flat on their faces and the camera work isn’t of such a nature that it can make up for the lack of acting. Statham has been trying to show he’s more than some muscles and a couple of good moves, but Hummingbird is just the latest attempt whereby the true action lover gets left on his hunger while those looking for more aren’t getting anything either. A hummingbird is fish nor flesh and that is a very appropriate statement for this movie.

Hummingbird (British title “Redemption” – hinting at the name of the Sisters of Redemption) is the latest Statham movie that was made with a relatively small budget and just like the previous ones (Parker, Safe, …) it doesn’t convince. The story isn’t credible one bit, and there’s too little action to compensate.

The transfer of the movie is quite well done with a good amount of detail and no too Obvious issues. Some backgrounds are a bit on the soft side but that’s about the only negative thing we noticed.

The sound comes with a DTS-HD 5.1 MA track that’s decent and nicely brings forth the dialogues. The movie, however, is shot with a relatively low budget and you notice this due to the fact that there’s not really a lot of action and your surround doesn’t get used to its full extent. Music and effects sporadically come through the surrounds, but nothing to get all too excited about.

There are no extras present.


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