Wild Card: Extended Edition [Blu-ray] 
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Jason Statham (Furious 7, The Expendables trilogy, Homefront) reunites with Expendables 2 director, Simon West, as the titular Nick Wild, a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a dangerous gambling problem. When a friend is attacked by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the attacker is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes...and this time, it's all or nothing.
Wild Card is directed by Simon West (Con Air) and written by two-time Academy Award-winning writer William Goldman (Best Original Screenplay, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969; Best Adapted Screenplay, All the President's Men, 1976).
The Extended Edition features an extra 10 minutes of footage not seen in cinemas.
Running time: 102 minutes
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If you're used to Statham's more typical non-stop fight flicks, then you may be disappointed by Wild Card's talky script and slow-burn pacing. It's an intelligent, thought-provoking character-led drama, which just happens to have three stunning fight sequences perfectly inserted into its storyline. The dialogue is so crisp and witty (and especially well delivered not just by Statham but also by Stanley Tucci in one of many stand-out cameos) that you won't want to miss a word. Statham's performance demonstrates a depth we rarely get to see from the guy... and then he delivers some of the best, bone-crunching action set pieces we've seen in years. He's completely credible as Nick Wild, a man so hard he'd not sully himself with using a gun a to kill an opponent, and the range of other actors - who add texture and background to Wild's deteriorating life story - is superb.
Wild Card is let down a little by its odd pacing and strangely flat direction; in keeping with art movies but which results in a mono-tone rather than the gradual ramping of tension which the storyline deserves.
And the opening 15 minute sequence will certainly put off some people who won't bother watching beyond that - so they'll miss the twist. Stick with it, even though you may be wondering what you've done during the initial bar-room scene... Also definitely aim to watch the extended version because this isn't a particularly long film and we enjoyed every minute. The half-hour of special features were better than average, too.
An entertaining interpretation of the standard revenge storyline, made all the more interesting by some soul-searching into the nature of risk-taking and gambling addiction.
the critics and didn't do too well in the U.S Box-Office, however i found it a whole lot more enjoyable than i'd been led to
believe in truth.
'Nick Wild' (Jason Statham) is a highly-skilled Body-Guard in 'Vegas' he earns his living by being hired by those that feel
the need for protection, trouble is, he has a habit, he's a gambler (well it is Vegas) and never seems to get ahead of the
'Cyrus Kinnick' (Michael Angarano) has asked for 'Nick's' services, though first impressions for 'Nick' are adverse he needs
the money and accepts the job.
Meanwhile a close friend 'Holly' (Dominik Garcia-Lorido) is badly beaten by a vicious thug and his two bodyguards and has
turned to 'Nick' for help to exact revenge.
Trouble is that the thug in question 'Danny Demarco' (Milo Vemtimiglia) is the son of high-rolling mob-boss 'Baby' (Stanley Tucci)
and knows by acting against 'Danny' will make him a mob-target.
Before he leaves town he'll have one last hit on the tables, one last long-shot to win big ...
Maybe not the fastest-moving 'Jason Statham' offering but, enjoyable nevertheless, the action sequences though perhaps few are
pretty impressive, not action-packed but worth a spin.
Features - Director Commentary
* Original Sin - Las Vegas and the Characters of Wild Card
* Script Vignette
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