An action crime drama with a lot of punch to it, is what basically sums up what you'd expect this film to be like, from what the plot has to offer the story has a lot of potential in terms of perspective of both how you can view it as an Action drama and how you can view it thinking outside the box on a larger scale and or style of film.
Jason Statham is the hard core man in this, he's the kind of man in this for the viewer to have confidence in. He sort of invites you in and makes you want to stay and watch, his character is interesting and supporting characters are good at showing emotional value of how they react to him which helps the audience in guidance of helping them understand the situation. It's been a while since we've had a drama like this which doesn't completely over do it sentimentality but in small areas just focusses on that slightly in order to connect with audience differently.
The more typical formulaic action films have a plot you can sum up on the back of a business card, a heroic maverick and as many a set piece stunts as the budget can afford. Thankfully, not every action film sticks to this template. The budget for this film wasn't very big so there are limitations shown throughout in the ways that you can do things, but considering the low production values the film provides it looks like it had a bigger budget when actually it didn't, and some of the action sequence are very fun and impressive and are really engaging to watch.
There are a few continuity errors that can be spotted a mile off, some smalls thing you can get away with but in the instance of
Taking that point into consideration, on watching it back again I remember liking it more in the cinema there was something about the big screen that made the impression of impact better for me in terms of hardening the mood, and the grit of it was more intense. I don't know, my feeling's differ over time. 7/10, overall very impressed.
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