REDEMPTION

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THE PLOT THUS FAR

Jason Statham stars as an ex-Special Forces officer who comes home from the Afghan war a shattered man. Broke, homeless, lost in a haze of drugs and booze, Joseph Smith attempts to piece his life back together with the help of Sister Christina, a nun helping the poor. But while employed as a collector for a local mob boss, Joseph learns the identity of a friend’s murderer and, bent on revenge, finds himself sinking deeper into a dark world of violence in this brutally powerful action-thriller.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Redemption” suffers from misguided tonal balance. The opening feels totally different from the rest of the movie. It looks like a complete thriller until it randomly jumps to art-house crime drama. Probably, it’s a set up for the ones who came for the action by the main actor’s existence in the film, but it goes again whenever Joey beats up someone for his job. Maybe the problem is these scenes are not grim enough. They should have shown an uglier depiction of violence.

The best parts are when it simply keeps the characters into their gloomy lives. Letting everyone understand the protagonist’s motivation of being a Robin Hood. Jason Statham didn’t standout much. His fighting is still impressive, though our familiarity to his moves kind of glosses the scenes that are supposed to be uneasy to watch, but his natural film personality buys the character, giving awareness to the choices he make and guilt he receives. There is talent to be seen, but I wasn’t impressed.

The Blu-Ray comes with a digital copy and featurette. The 1080p transfer is strong as hell for a film that didn’t get a lot of theatrical attention in America. The 1080p track holds up for a standard action movie blowout. It’s well worth checking out. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.

RELEASE DATE: 09/24/2013

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