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You won't be disappointed.
on 5 July 2013
There seems to be a lot of prejudice against "action films" among film critics and regular cinema-goers alike. I am studying film at university, and I regularly sit in a room full of people from around the world who I know for a fact would laugh in my face if I told them I'd just bought a Jason Statham film on DVD. For example, I said to several people this week: "Have you seen Hummingbird, the new Jason Statham film?", to which the reply was, basically every time, something like "I'm not really an action movie person". It's understandable where people get the idea from that 'the new Jason Statham film' will be more in the same vain as some of his previous action outings such as The Transporter or Crank - he's got that kind of following, I suppose. However, as I find with many films, if you are prepared to set aside any preconceptions and give it a chance, Hummingbird will not disappoint.
Before I'd even seen the film, I saw a 2 star review on a website. Frankly, I think whoever is writing these 2 star reviews needs to pull their head out of their arse. I'm sure they would instantly change it to a 4 or star 5 review if the lead role was played by a more fashionable actor, rather than that guy from The Expendables.
The story is rich, without being over complicated. It fits together perfectly. It filled me with love, hate, hope and despair. It will break your heart, but in such a poetic way that you want it to keep going. Whether you like it or not Jason Statham is perfect for the job. Hummingbird is a Jason Statham film, but that doesn't mean it's a pedal to the metal, blood splattered explosion.
Agata Buzek who plays Cristina had previously flown under my radar, but having seen Hummingbird, I will certainly be investigating her previous and looking forward to her future work. Her character, a Catholic nun, is the perfect partner to Statham's Joey Jones, as unlikely as it seems. A small but perfectly performed role from Vicky McClure (best known as Lol from This Is England) adds another piece to the story, and another tear to your eye.
If the reason you might buy this film is because you like other films that Jason Statham has been in - buy it - you won't be disappointed. My DVD collection contains everything from Lock Stock to Death Race. Personally, though I really enjoy watching him in the more action packed, stunt based films, I really liked seeing Statham in a film that was based around and driven by a more complex character. In my opinion, he absolutely nails the performance, is perfect for the role and there is nobody who could have done it better.
If the reason you might buy this film is not because you're a Jason Statham fan, but maybe enjoyed previous films written by Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty things, Eastern Promises) - buy it - you won't be disappointed either. The feeling I had as I sat watching the credits of this film in the cinema was the same feeling you get when you've just finished a long book with the perfect ending. It is a truly brilliant story.
If the reason you might buy this film is because you saw the trailer and it looks beautiful, intriguing and you want to know what happens - buy it - you will certainly not be disappointed. Whatever kind of films you enjoy, you would have to be pretty thick skinned not to appreciate Hummingbird and the performances in it. I go to the cinema around once a week, and this was without a doubt my favourite cinema experience of the last 12 months, and the only film I went back to see for a second time.
In short, I very, very highly reccommend Hummingbird. On every level. To everyone.