Release year: 2011
Director: Simon West
Screenwriter: Richard Wenk, Lewis John Carlino
Starring: Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland, Ben Foster, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Chase, Mini Anden, James Logan, Eddie J. Fernandez
After his mentor (Donald Sutherland) is killed, an elite hit man (Jason Statham) is approached by the son (Ben Foster) and decides to take him in as an apprentice, teaching him his unique talents for killing.
West is no stranger to directing hard-hitting action movies with titles like Con Air (1997) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) under his belt and he puts those skills to work in this well-working action flick. Statham (The Transport, 2002) is perfect casted as the talented hitman, easily convincing with his insane martial arts skills and masculine appearance. It helps tremendously that he on top of that is joined by the brilliant Sutherland (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1978) and Foster (Alpha Dog, 2006) gives a tense performance of a young man constantly on the edge. The action sequences are gripping and with Statham in top form, this is an entertaining and well-worth-your-time action movie. It is a remake of the Charles Bronson movie by the same name from 1972 and I will leave it up to fans of that movie to judge wether it’s a good remake, but it’s a good action movie!
The car Arthur is working on is a Series 1 Jaguar E-Type, manufactured between 1961 and 1968.
Picture copyrights: Sony Pictures