Wild Card stars Jason Statham and is directed by Simon West (The Expendables 2, Con Air, The Mechanic (2011)), is a second film adaptation of the novel, Heat.
The short description of the film is,
“A bodyguard (Jason Statham) goes after the sadistic thug who beat his friend, only to find that the object of his wrath is the son of a powerful mob boss.”
What is interesting is that unlike most Statham movies where all three acts involve violence with some dialog, this film seems to be a venue where Statham is attempting to pull off a dramatically based character.
Statham plays Nick Wild, a security consultant who drifted into Las Vegas and never left. His luck is a bit dour, and his mood, nearly the same. His security gigs keep him afloat, but not much more. And he likes drinking when he’s not being depressed.
But the one thing he does have, is a sense of right and wrong. And when Nick comes to a situation where he has to pick either a paying gig or finding the men who raped a friend of his, he chooses the friend. But unfortunately, her evil-doers put Nick right in the path of the one thing he’s avoided his entire time there in Vegas, the mob.
But one thing leads to another and there you have it, Jason Statham in the middle of it, kicking and punching his way out of things.
What was totally refreshing about this film was the attempt at dealing with most of his story with words and not action. Yes, Statham being more dramatic than actiony. But don’t get me wrong, there are a few moments (literally) of action, while story and plot fill out the rest of the film. Though, to be honest, some of the dialog can be a bit slow but telling.
Here’s the thing, if you come into this movie expecting the usual kind of Statham action film, you will be somewhat disappointed. If you come into this film open-minded and not expecting anything, you come away surprised a bit by what you just saw.
Over on IMDb, 39k users gave the film a 5.6/10 score.
Rotten Tomatoes aggregate scoring system gave the film a 32% score, with an average score of 4.9/10 from 53 reviewers.
But I’m going to buck the system a bit and give this film a 6 out of 10 on my popcorn scoring system. I’d almost give the film a 7, but it’s a fairly slow-paced clip that tests your patience.
Still, in the end, Statham lights it up in a fanciful round of punk-dunking action that almost borders on fanciful, and yet, satisfyingly fun.
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