Written and directed by Boaz Yakin. Cast: Jason Statham, Robert John Burke, Chris Sarandon, Anson Mount, James Hong, Reggie Lee, Catherine Chan, Sandor Tecsy, Joseph Sikora, Igor Jijikine, Jack Gwaltney, Jay Giannone. (R, 95 mins)
The heyday of the action star is further in the rearview mirror every day, so much so that 2010's THE EXPENDABLES and its upcoming sequel come off as nostalgic trips to a bygone era instead of current action movies (especially the sequel, which will mark the first wide-release appearances of Chuck Norris and Jean Claude van Damme on the big screen in years). Sure, we got a Bond and a Bourne movie every few years, but these days, action flicks are usually forgettable, CGI-heavy yawners with no sense of style or personality. But here's Jason Statham, cranking out anywhere between two and four movies a year that aren't exactly blockbusters, but with their modest budgets, they rarely lose money. Statham is very much the Last Action Hero who, depending on your point of view, either came along 20 years too late or is one of the only things keeping these old-school genre pictures alive.
|A rare shot of Jason Statham|
pointing a gun in a film
|Statham and Catherine Chan on the run|
|Chan with James Hong as powerful Triad boss Han Jiao|