REVIEW: BLITZ

CAST

Jason Statham (Hummingbird)
Paddy Considine (The World’s End)
Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones)
David Morrissey (The Reaping)
Zawe Ashton (Nocturnal Animals)
Luke Evans (Dracula Untold)
Mark Rylance (Dunkirk)
Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones)
Christina Cole (Hex)
Ian Hughes (Power Rangers Ninja Steel)

Jason Statham in Blitz (2011)A serial killer is targeting police officers in South East London. After two police constables are shot dead and Chief Inspector Bruce Roberts (Rylance) is bludgeoned to death, the hunt for his identity begins. Sergeant Porter Nash (Considine) is transferred to the South East London branch of the police to head the investigation, even though Nash is an outsider and widely ridiculed by his fellow officers for being openly gay. To his surprise he finds an unlikely ally in the hot-headed, gruff Detective Sergeant Tom Brant (Statham), who has a history of violent incidents.Jason Statham in Blitz (2011)While the investigation is ongoing, PC Elizabeth Falls (Ashton) is visited by a friend, a young gang member nicknamed Metal, who is afraid his gang might have actually killed someone. Promising him to look into the situation, Falls contacts Detective Inspector Craig Stokes (Evans), who agrees to help if Falls goes on a date with him. One of Brant’s informants, Radnor (Dennehy), points Brant and Nash towards a man named Barry Weiss (Gillen) who recently bragged about setting a police dog on fire, “for practice”. Although Brant and Nash visit Weiss’ flat, they cannot immediately find any evidence against him. Brant does recognize Weiss as the man he beat up in a fight in a billiard hall a year earlier. Unknown to either of them, Radnor decides to conduct an investigation of his own and eventually discovers the seemingly abandoned car where Weiss keeps the trophies of his kills, confirming that Weiss is the killer.Jason Statham in Blitz (2011)Meanwhile, Weiss contacts a newspaper reporter, Harold Dunlop (Morrissey), to make sure his murders get enough coverage in the press. Weiss promises to keep Dunlop updated about his murders and declares he wishes to be known as Blitz. Soon after, Dunlop is also contacted by Radnor who is interested in selling his information for a high price. Although Radnor leads Dunlop to Weiss’ car, he is killed by Weiss before he can disclose Weiss’ name. Dunlop then alerts the police to the car, but they find it empty. Brant and a fellow police constable come to realize that all of Blitz’s victims so far have been police officers who have arrested Weiss in the past and that PC Falls is most likely the next victim. Falls, after coming home from her date with Stokes, is attacked by Weiss but saved by Metal, who is killed in the ensuing struggle. Before Weiss can attack Falls again, the police arrive.Jason Statham and Paddy Considine in Blitz (2011)Brant and Nash decide to release a picture of Weiss to the media to flush him out, which eventually, after a lengthy chase, leads to Weiss’ capture. There is no concrete evidence against Weiss however, so after 48 hours and an interrogation which does not yield results, the police are forced to let Weiss go. Exasperated, Brant and Nash devise a plot to trick Weiss, knowing that Weiss will want to take revenge on Brant for the billiard hall fight. Weiss infiltrates the funeral of Chief Inspector Roberts, dressed in Roberts’ uniform which he had stolen after murdering him. During the service, Brant leaves, followed by Weiss. Brant leads Weiss to the top of a parking garage, only to reveal that Brant and Nash had switched places along the route. Surprised by a hidden Brant, Weiss is overpowered and relieved of his gun. Explaining that they will never find enough evidence to convict Weiss legally, Brant concludes that they are now in a convenient situation: since Weiss is dressed as a police officer, and Brant has Blitz’s gun, they can shoot him with his own gun, and it will look as if Weiss was just another of Blitz’s victims.Jason Statham in Blitz (2011)Nobody is going to be winning any awards for this one, but it was an entertaining watch. .

 

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REVIEW: HUMMINGBIRD (AKA REDEMPTION)

CAST

Jason Statham (Wild Card)
Agata Buzek (The Innocents)
Vicky McClure (This Is England)
Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange)

Jason Statham, Benedict Wong, and Aaron Ly in Hummingbird (2013)Joseph Smith is a former Special Forces soldier who went AWOL from his unit while deployed in Afghanistan, and is now living as a homeless drunk in London. One night, he is attacked and chased by a group of thugs engaged in shaking down homeless people; he successfully hides by breaking into an apartment. Realizing that the residents are absent, he explores the flat and deduces that the owner, a successful photographer named Damon, is in New York City until the first of October – several months away. He decides to squat there until Damon returns, and establishes a new identity for himself: calling himself Joey Jones, wearing Damon’s clothes, driving his car, and spending his time searching for his homeless friend Isabel, from whom he was separated some time before. He finds Damon’s new debit card in the apartment mail, and begins stealing from him to fund a regimen of self-improvement. Meanwhile, Isabel has been coerced into becoming a prostitute by the same gang that attacked Joseph.Jason Statham in Hummingbird (2013)Joey is friends with Sister Cristina, a Polish nun who runs the local soup kitchen, and she helps him with antibiotics for the wounds he received in the fight with the thugs and information on Isabel’s whereabouts. To deflect suspicion of Damon’s neighbors, he tells them that he is Damon’s boyfriend. To avoid using any more of Damon’s money from the debit card, Joey gets a job at a Chinese restaurant. One night at work, the management call upon him to help deal with some rowdy diners. The fighting skill he displays brings him to the attention of senior manager Mr. Choy, who is connected to a London Chinese organized crime syndicate; he hires Joey as a driver and enforcer, tasked with collecting extorted payments and delivering drugs. He saves some of the money he receives and begins to do charitable work, ordering pizzas for the homeless at the soup kitchen and buying gifts for Cristina. The homeless begin calling him “Crazy Joe”. He finds Dawn, his ex and mother of his young daughter, and starts giving her money.Jason Statham in Hummingbird (2013)Joey invites Cristina to dinner at a barbecue in the street behind the Chinese restaurant. Cristina attends, but shows him a police photo of Isabel, who had been beaten to death and thrown in the river. Joey becomes upset, but Cristina is able to calm him, and encourages him to start an honest life. He finds the street thugs who chased him away from Isabel and viciously beats them, interrogating them about Isabel’s murder, acquiring a rough description of her killer. Joey meets Cristina at an art gallery showing off Damon’s work, to give her this information to pass on to the police. She gets a bit tipsy, opens up to Joey, and they kiss. She tells him about a ballet ticket she has for the same date as when Damon is due to return. The police eventually learn of Joey’s activities, and begin questioning Cristina. Joey finds her later, and they share life stories. As a child, she was sexually abused by her gymnastics instructor in Warsaw, and eventually killed him. Being too young for prison, she was instead sent to a convent. Cristina is ashamed of her relationship with Joey, and asks her mother superior to be transferred to another mission in Sierra Leone. Joey continues his search for Isabel’s killer, trading services with Mr. Choy’s boss. He is given the keys to a truck with boxes containing Chinese victims of human trafficking to be delivered.Jason Statham in Hummingbird (2013)Meanwhile, Isabel’s killer, Max Forrester, is savagely beating another hooker. A neighbor finds Max’s invitation to a rooftop cocktail party, and the invitation finds its way to Joey, who had put the word out that he wanted information of someone fitting Max’s description. The party is on the first of October. Joey meets Cristina the day of the first of October. He asks her to take photos of him for his daughter, and he hints that he won’t be the same for long. She tells him that she is leaving for Africa, and that she wants to be with him before she leaves; the last of her “crazy patch” she’s going through, she says. The two consummate their relationship as the apartment’s owner returns, and they escape through the back. She invites him to the ballet. He delivers the photos and a bag full of cash to his ex and daughter, who does not recognize him.Jason Statham in Hummingbird (2013)Cristina waits for Joey, but he goes to the rooftop cocktail party instead. He finds Max Forrester and throws him from the roof many stories down in front of the guests, killing him. Cristina leaves the ballet, still looking for Joey. She finds him drunk and sleeping on the curb near the ballet theatre. He reveals that he is wanted by the military police for court martial for a random revenge killing he carried out in Afghanistan in payback for the deaths of five of his men, who were slaughtered in front of him in a tank. He often has random hallucinations of the innocent man he hanged and hallucinates hummingbirds; as thus was what the aerial drones in Afghanistan were designated. He explains to her that when he is sober and functional, he hurts people, because that is what his training turned him into. Joey tells her that he is going to return to life as a wandering drunk because that way he doesn’t hurt anybody, but not before he gives the police information on Mr. Choy’s human trafficking operation. The next day, Cristina is leaving for Africa, and receives a note from Joey. He has paid his debts with everyone and is homeless again. As he walks the streets, the police are closing in, and he is hunted by a surveillance drone similar to the one that witnessed his crimes in Afghanistan.Jason Statham in Hummingbird (2013)Hummingbird is a strange film with a classic kind of story, but it’s the sort of strange that is rarely seen in cinema today. It’s sort of hard to find the right type of audience to get appealed to this. It was all drama, then suddenly has fighting scenes that are supposed to be dark yet becomes the other way around. In other parts, it has an engaging exploration of the characters’ bleak little world. The filmmaking is as magnificent as it needs and the performances are quite gripping. It still deserves a better portrayal of its conflicts and a set of tones that could decently fit together. In the end, it’s a worth seeing change from the genre and the main actor.

REVIEW: WILD CARD

CAST

Jaston Statham (Fast & Furious 8)
Michael Angarano (Empire State)
Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes)
Dominik García-Lorido (The Lost City)
Anne Heche (Spread)
Sofia Vergara (Machete Kills)
Max Casella (Analyze This)
Jason Alexander (Shallow Hal)
Chris Browning (Let Me In)
Hope Davis (Captain America: Civil War)
Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games)

Jason Statham in Wild Card (2015)Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a recovering gambling addict who takes odd jobs in Las Vegas as a “chaperone” (his version of a bodyguard) to support his addiction. After helping a client impress a woman (Sofía Vergara), he accepts a proposition from a young man Cyrus Kinnick (Michael Angarano) to show him around Vegas and provide him with protection while he gambles. While eating at a diner, Nick’s waitress friend Roxy (Anne Heche) hands him a message from a woman he knows, Holly (Dominik Garcia-Lorido), who wants him to stop by her house. Holly, a professional escort, explains she had a date the previous night at the Golden Nugget. Afterward, she was brutally raped and beaten by three unknown men in their hotel room. Holly asks Nick to find out who they are so that she can sue them.Jason Statham and Sofía Vergara in Wild Card (2015)Nick discovers that the man responsible for raping Holly is Danny DeMarco (Milo Ventimiglia), a gangster. DeMarco had his two thugs dump her in a hospital car park. Nick goes to the hotel to confront DeMarco, disguised as someone sent by another criminal. A confrontation develops but Nick defends himself, overpowering DeMarco and his men, who are tied up as Nick calls Holly. In the room, Holly contemplates castrating DeMarco, who breaks down and begs her forgiveness, Holly decides to take the $50,000 from DeMarco’s desk and leaves. Holly splits the money with Nick and leaves Las Vegas. Nick takes Cyrus to a casino. Playing blackjack with dealer friend Cassandra (Hope Davis), Nick then goes on a huge winning streak with the next dealer, amassing over a half a million. But when he goes to the cashier, he has a sudden anxiety attack, and loses his winnings as well as his original $25,000 on a single blackjack bet with Cassandra. The next morning, Cyrus, revealed to be a self-made millionaire, wants Nick to mentor him on being brave, but Nick declines. At the bar, DeMarco’s men arrive to deliver Nick to DeMarco, but Nick beats them off.Jason Statham in Wild Card (2015)Nick meets with Baby (Stanley Tucci), the mafia boss of Las Vegas. Baby has received a complaint from DeMarco, who claims that Nick broke into his hotel room, pistol-whipped him, and killed two of his men – all to fund his gambling addiction. Baby takes Nick to a room with DeMarco, where Nick tells his side of the story: that DeMarco killed his own men later and that DeMarco bears a cut on his penis. Baby tells DeMarco to drop his pants to prove Nick wrong, but he refuses and leaves. At the local diner, Cyrus offers Nick a check for $500,000 and a plane ticket to Corsica for what he has learned from Nick. DeMarco and his men appear in the diner. Cyrus shows his newfound manliness by singing loudly as a distraction so Nick can escape. Nick thinks about his sailboat and then kills the thugs and DeMarco with his utensils behind the diner. Afterwards, Cyrus insists Nick take the check and the ticket, and Nick accepts. Nick then drives out of Las Vegas.While there are only but a few of them, the action scenes are incredible, exhilarating and eminently memorable. Even more to the film’s credit, each one is very different, both through their visual and musical presentations. All this makes for a perfectly serviceable film but one unfortunately stuck between two worlds. Which makes it quite a shame that Brian De Palma backed out of the project as his style would have no doubt elevated Wild Card to something pretty fascinating.

REVIEW: THE TRANSPORTER 3

CAST

Jason Statham (The Bank Job)
Natalya Rudakova (Before The Snow)
François Berléand (La Balance)
Robert Knepper (Izombie)

Jason Statham and Robert Knepper in Transporter 3 (2008)A ship arrives, carrying toxic chemicals that have killed two of its crew members. Frank Martin and Inspector Tarconi fish in the Marseilles when Tarconi receives a call about a black Audi A8 that has sped past French customs and evaded the police in a car chase. While Tarconi returns to headquarters to give Frank’s alibi, in Odessa, Ukraine, the Environmental Agency Minister, Leonid Tomilenko, receives a threat from Ecocorp boss Johnson to reopen business negotiations. At night, the Audi crashes into Frank’s home, with a wounded transporter, Malcolm Melville, whom Frank had referred when he declined a previous job. As paramedics take away Malcolm, Frank discovers a woman in the back seat of the Audi who warns him not to take her from the car – she shows him a metal bracelet she and Malcolm have been wearing. Frank rushes outside, but the ambulance explodes, killing Malcolm. Frank is then knocked out by one of Johnson’s henchmen.Jason Statham in Transporter 3 (2008)Johnson places an explosive bracelet on Frank, forcing him to take a package and the woman, Valentina, to Budapest. Tomilenko negotiates to postpone signing Ecocorp’s agreement that would allow the ship with the chemicals into his country. While Tarconi researches into Johnson’s motivations, Frank goes off-course, visiting a garage to try to deal with the bracelet, but as he fends off Johnson’s men, his mechanic friend Otto cannot disarm the device on the car. At Budapest, Johnson tells Frank that he’s fired. One of Johnson’s men steals the Audi, leaving Frank to chase him down.Robert Knepper in Transporter 3 (2008)After Frank and Johnson agree to call it even, Johnson sends him to Bucharest, but Frank and Valentina are chased by a black Mercedes-Benz E-Class driven by Tomilenko’s agents. After opening the package in the trunk, Frank realizes Valentina is the real package. She then seduces Frank by holding his car keys. They have sexual relations. Valentina, who is revealed to be Tomilenko’s daughter, explains that she was drugged in Ibiza and was transported by Malcolm in order for Johnson to blackmail her father. Johnson redirects him to Odessa, where he and his men surround them on a bridge. Although Valentina is delivered to Johnson and her bracelet removed, Johnson’s men shoot at Frank’s car. Frank drives off the bridge into the lake, fooling Johnson into believing that he is dead whilst surviving by using the air from the car’s tires to inflate a buoying device.Jason Statham and Natalya Rudakova in Transporter 3 (2008)Aboard the train, Johnson lets Tomilenko talk to Valentina and gives him 15 minutes to sign the contract. After Tarconi and the Ukrainian police retrieve Frank and the Audi, Frank continues his chase and jumps the car on top of the train containing Johnson and his men. He takes out all of Johnson’s men but cannot touch Johnson because he is too far from his car. After Johnson separates the train cabs, Frank jumps his car into the cab, and beats Johnson; strapping him with the bracelet and sending his car into reverse resulting in Johnson being blown into pieces. Upon hearing from Tarconi that Valentina is safe, Tomilenko tears up the Ecocorp contracts before heading for his business conference. The cargo ship is raided by police and sent away from Ukrainian shores. Frank and Tarconi return to fishing in Marseilles – Valentina suggests they eat out instead.Jason Statham in Transporter 3 (2008)All-in-all, I liked “Transporter 3”, it was a great ride filled with good action, cool characters and a silly but decent, cliché-ridden story. And hey, clichés are clichés, but they work!

REVIEW: THE TRANSPORTER 2

CAST

Jason Statham (The Bank Job)
Alessandro Gassmann (The Dinner)
Amber Valletta (The Spy Next Door)
Kate Nauta (The Good Guy)
François Berléand (La Balance)
Keith David (The Cape)
Shannon Briggs (Bad Boys II)
Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises)
Jason Flemyng (Stardust)

Jason Statham in Transporter 2 (2005)Frank Martin (Jason Statham) has relocated from southern France to Miami, Florida. As a favor, he becomes a temporary chauffeur for the wealthy Billings family. The marriage of Jefferson (Matthew Modine) and Audrey Billings (Amber Valletta) is under great strain due to the demands of his high-profile government job. Frank bonds with their son, Jack (Hunter Clary), whom he drives to and from elementary school in his new Audi A8 W12.[4] Later, a somewhat drunk Audrey shows up at Frank’s home and tries to seduce him, but he tactfully sends her home. Frank prepares for the arrival of Inspector Tarconi (François Berléand), his detective friend from France, who has come to spend his holiday in Florida with Frank.Jason Statham and Kate Nauta in Transporter 2 (2005)When Frank takes Jack for a medical checkup, he realizes barely in time that impostors have killed and replaced the doctor and receptionist. A lengthy fight erupts between villains, led by Lola (Kate Nauta), and the unarmed Frank; which results in the death of one of the fake doctors. Frank escapes with Jack. Just as they arrive at Jack’s house, he receives a phone call. The caller informs him that he and Jack are in the sights of a sniper capable of penetrating the car’s bulletproof glass. Frank is forced to let Lola into the car; they speed away with Jack, shaking off many pursuing police cars. They arrive at a warehouse, where Frank meets Gianni (Alessandro Gassman), the ringleader of the operation. Frank is ordered to leave without Jack. He discovers an explosive attached to the car and succeeds in removing it prior to detonation. Jack is returned to his family after the payment of a ransom, but unknown to them and Frank, Jack has been injected with a deadly virus that will eventually kill anyone who the child breathes on.Jason Statham in Transporter 2 (2005)Suspected by everyone except Audrey of being one of the kidnappers, Frank tracks down the remaining fake doctor, Dimitri (Jason Flemyng), with Tarconi’s assistance. Frank pretends to infect Dimitri with the same virus, then lets him escape. Dimitri panics and hurries to a lab to get the cure, with Frank following behind. In his panic, Dimitri kills Tipov, another of Gianni’s men, in his attempt to force the scientist in charge of the lab to give him the cure. Frank arrives and kills first another henchman, then Dimitri (after revealing the Dimitri wasn’t infected after all); but when Frank refuses to bargain with him, the scientist hurls the only two vials containing the antidote out of the window into traffic. Frank manages to retrieve only one vial intact. Frank sneaks back into the Billings home and tells an already ailing Audrey what is happening. He uses the antidote on Jack. Meanwhile, a coughing Jefferson, the director of National Drug Control Policy, addresses the heads of many anti-drug organizations from around the world at a conference; infecting all of them in the process.Jason Statham and Kate Nauta in Transporter 2 (2005)Frank drives to the house of Gianni, who has decided to inject himself with the remaining supply of antidote as a precaution. After dispatching Gianni’s many henchmen, Frank has the archvillain at gunpoint. Gianni explains that a Colombian drug cartel is paying him to get rid of its enemies; and that Frank cannot risk killing him, for his death would render the antidote unusable (inconsistency: as Jack has the antidote in his body as well, Gianni could just have been killed at this or any later point in the movie). An armed Lola shows up, leading to a standoff. Gianni leaves Lola to deal with Frank; which results in Frank finally killing her by kicking her into a wine rack with sharp metal points.Jason Statham in Transporter 2 (2005)Frank tracks Gianni, who is making an escape in his helicopter to a waiting jet. Using a Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster from Gianni’s garage, Frank speeds to the airport and boards Gianni’s jet by driving onto the runway and climbing onto the jet’s nose gear. After killing the co-pilot; Frank gets into the interior of the plane and confronts Gianni, who pulls a gun on him. When they wrestle for it, a round kills the pilot and the plane crashes into the ocean. Frank incapacitates Gianni by paralyzing him (rendering him immobile while preserving the antidote in his system), then pushes his captive and himself out of the sinking plane. Boats converge to pick them up. The Billings are given the antidote. When Frank visits them in the hospital, before entering their room, he sees them with Jack, who is joking with them. He silently walks back to his car, where Tarconi is waiting. He drops his friend at the airport. Alone, Frank receives a call from a man who needs a transporter.These movies have no lofty aspirations other than to give you one hell of a ride for an hour and a half. This outing delivers in spades.

REVIEW: THE TRANSPORTER

CAST

Jason Statham (Safe)
Shu Qi (A Man Called Hero)
François Berléand (La Balance)
Matt Schulze (The Fast and The Furious)
Ric Young (Booty Call)

Jason Statham in The Transporter (2002)Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is a highly skilled driver known as “The Transporter.” He will transport anything, no questions asked, always on time, and he is known as the best in the business. He strictly follows three rules when transporting: Rule Number 1: “Don’t change the deal.”, Rule Number 2: “No names”, and Rule Number 3: “Never open the package.” Frank with his BMW 750il, has been hired to transport some robbers from a bank heist. On delivery to their destination, they hoist an extra man in the car; so he refuses to drive until, in desperation, the leader kills one of his men. Later they offer more money for Frank to drive farther from the city. He refuses the deal. The robbers escape in another car, and Frank leaves.Jason Statham in The Transporter (2002)When Frank returns to his villa, local police Inspector Tarconi (François Berléand) arrives to question Frank about the robbery. However, Tarconi has no concrete proof about the heist and leaves. Frank is then hired to deliver a package to an American gangster, Darren “Wall Street” Bettencourt (Matt Schulze). While changing a flat tire, he notices something moving in the package. Along the way, he opens the package and finds a bound and gagged woman. She manages to escape but Frank recaptures her and incapacitates two policemen who spot them. He ties the policemen up and puts them in his trunk. He then delivers the package to Bettencourt as promised.Jason Statham in The Transporter (2002)Bettencourt then asks Frank to transport a briefcase – Frank accepts the job. The briefcase turns out to be a bomb that destroys his car, and kills the two policemen. Frank survives only due to his having stopped for lunch, then gone back in to buy sodas for the cops. Frank snaps and returns to Bettencourt’s residence for vengeance. He kills and wounds several of his henchmen in a fight. He then steals a car to get away, only to find “the package” tied to a chair in the back seat. He brings her along to his house where she introduces herself as Lai (Shu Qi).Jason Statham and Qi Shu in The Transporter (2002)Bettencourt visits one of his surviving men in hospital in order to determine who attacked his residence, before killing the man after discovering that Frank is alive. The next day, Tarconi arrives and asks about Frank’s car. Lai says she is Frank’s new cook and, afterwards, girlfriend, supporting Frank’s alibi. Tarconi again leaves with no proof. Shortly after he leaves, Bettencourt’s henchmen rain missiles down on the house. Frank and Lai barely escape, using scuba gear, to a nearby safe house Frank has prepared for such contingencies. Frank is very irritated by all the chaos Lai has brought into his life, but she makes it up to him with sex. After being questioned at the police station, Lai manages to sneak onto Tarconi’s computer to access information on Bettencourt. Lai tells Frank that Bettencourt is a human trafficker, that he is shipping two containers full of Chinese people (including her family), and is planning to sell them into slavery. Lai and Frank go to Bettencourt’s office, where Frank holds Bettencourt at gunpoint and asks him why he tried to kill him. Bettencourt replies that he didn’t have a choice, since Frank “opened the package”. He also reveals that Lai’s father, Kwai (Ric Young), is also a human trafficker and that they are partners. Kwai arrives and his henchmen subdue Frank just as Tarconi arrives at the office. When Tarconi enters the office, Lai’s father and Bettencourt accuse Frank of kidnapping Lai. Tarconi has Frank arrested and locked up in the station.Jason Statham in The Transporter (2002)At the station, Tarconi agrees to aid Frank’s escape as his faux hostage. Frank then tracks the criminals to the docks, where they load the containers onto trucks. However, Frank is spotted and is forced to fight his way through the guards, and fails to stop the trucks. He then steals a small airplane and parachutes onto one of the trucks. After a lengthy fight, Frank manages to kill Bettencourt and some of his henchmen, only to be ambushed by Kwai once he gets out of the truck. However, Frank is saved when Lai reluctantly shoots her father. Afterwards, Tarconi arrives with the police, and they rescue the people trapped inside the two containers.Jason Statham and Qi Shu in The Transporter (2002)All in all, 90 minutes of sheer enjoyment. Even with the predictable ending, I have to highly recommend this movie. If you can suspend belief for a little while, you will be rewarded.

 

REVIEW: THE EXPENDABLES 3

CAST

Sylvester Stallone (Judge Dredd)
Jason Statham (Safe)
Jet Li (War)
Mel Gibson (Mad Max)
Antonio Banderas (The 33)
Wesley Snipes (Blade)
Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator)
Terry Crews (White Chicks)
Harrison Ford (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Kelsey Grammer (X-Men: The Last Stand)
Dolph Lundgren (Universal Soldier)
Randy Couture (The Scorpion King 2)
Kellan Lutz (The Legend of Hercules)
Ronda Rousey (Fast & Furious 7)
Glen Powell (Scream Queens)
Victor Ortiz (Southpaw)
Robert Davi (The Bad Pack)

Dolph Lundgren, Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, and Randy Couture in The Expendables 3 (2014)The Expendables—led by Barney Ross and formed by Lee Christmas, Gunner Jensen, and Toll Road—extract former member Doctor Death, a knives specialist and team medic, from a military prison during his transfer on a train. They recruit Doc to assist them in intercepting a shipment of bombs meant to be delivered to a warlord in Somalia. Arriving there, they reunite with Hale Caesar, who directs them to the drop point, where Ross is surprised to find out that the arms trader providing the bombs is Conrad Stonebanks, a former co-founder of the Expendables who went rogue and was presumed dead. In the ensuing firefight, The Expendables manage to kill all but Stonebanks, who shoots Caesar twice. As the team attempts to aid him, they are forced to retreat due to Stonebanks’ advanced weaponry, and Caesar is severely injured in the process.Harrison Ford in The Expendables 3 (2014)Back at the United States, CIA operative Max Drummer, the Expendables’ new missions manager, gives Ross a mission to capture Stonebanks in order to bring him to the International Criminal Court to be tried for war crimes. Blaming himself for Caesar’s injuries, Ross disbands the Expendables, not wanting his team to get killed following him, and leaves for Las Vegas where he enlists retired mercenary-turned-recruiter Bonaparte to help him find a new team of younger mercenaries to pursue Stonebanks. The recruits include former U.S. Marine John Smilee, nightclub bouncer Luna, computer expert Thorn, and weapons expert Mars. Skilled sharpshooter Galgo asks to be included in the team, but Ross turns him down.Harrison Ford and Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables 3 (2014)The new team members rendezvous with Ross’s rival Trench Mauser, returning a favor for Ross. Drummer has traced Stonebanks to Romania, where he is set to make an arms deal. Ross and the new recruits infiltrate an office building Stonebanks is using as a meeting place and, having to kill a few men in the process including arms buyer Goran Vata, manage to capture Stonebanks. In transit, Stonebanks begins to taunt Ross and explains why he betrayed The Expendables in the first place. Ross nearly kills him to shut him up but, despite Stonebanks egging him on, he stands down. Stonebanks’ men catch up to them, with the aid of his GPS Tracker, and fire a missile at the team’s van. Ross is thrown into a river, while Smilee, Luna, Thorn and Mars are captured by Stonebanks’ crew. Ross kills Stonebanks’ retrieval team and escapes.Dolph Lundgren in The Expendables 3 (2014)Stonebanks sends Ross a video, challenging Ross to come after him and giving him his location in the country of Azmenistan. While preparing to leave and mount a rescue alone, Ross is found by Galgo, who offers his services again. Ross gives him a chance, later accompanied by the veteran Expendables. They rescue the young mercenaries, only to learn from Stonebanks that he has rigged the place with explosives. As both the young and veteran Expendables begin to fight one another, Ross convinces them to work together in order to take down Stonebanks once and for all. As the final battle begins, Thorn is able to use a jammer device to delay the countdown, giving them just under half an hour before detonation. Stonebanks then orders the armed forces of Azmenistan to attack the building with full force, including tanks and attack helicopters. Drummer and Trench arrive in a helicopter to help, alongside returning Expendables member Yin Yang.Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham in The Expendables 3 (2014)The new and veteran members of the Expendables work together to kill Stonebanks’ men. When a second wave moves in, Drummer lands on the building to evacuate the team. As everyone makes it to Drummer’s chopper however, Stonebanks personally attacks Ross after shooting him down. Having been forced to remove the armor and his weapon, Ross and Stonebanks engage in hand-to-hand combat after Stonebanks drops his gun to challenge Ross. Both are evenly matched, but Ross manages to knock down Stonebanks before they both reach for their guns, Stonebanks starts shooting but Ross gets the better of him. At his mercy, Stonebanks questions Ross “What about the Hague?”. Having coldly answered “I am the Hague” Ross shoots Stonebanks with his Colt Single Action Army revolver, finally killing him. Seconds after Stonebanks’ death, the batteries of Thorn’s device run out and the building begins to explode and collapse. The team makes it to Drummer’s helicopter and flies away to safety, with Ross clinging to it from the outside. In the aftermath, Caesar recovers from his wounds, and Ross officially accepts Galgo, Smilee, Luna, Thorn, and Mars into the team. They all celebrate at a bar together.Dolph Lundgren in The Expendables 3 (2014)The movie is a little bit slow at the start, but it quickly picks up pace and then it just steamrolls continuously on towards the very end. Wesley Snipes was really a welcomed addition to the movie, because he played his role so well.If you enjoyed the previous two movies, then you will also enjoy The Expendables 3. No doubt about it.