Posted on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 by Russ Fischer
Parker may not have sated audiences’ desire for a dose of Jason Statham action, but the trailer for Hummingbird suggests it will be more able to deliver. The film is the directorial debut of Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things screenwriter Steven Knight, and it looks like Knight has corralled Statham’s typical action approach into something that might be a bit more memorable.
Statham plays a broken ex-military guy who steals another man’s identity and ultimately finds himself in a bad position with part of London’s criminal element. Sounds pretty routine, but the actor is barely recognizable at the outset of the trailer. He does quickly ease into a more familiar sort of character, but there’s just enough here to think that Hummingbird might be a bit more satisfying than some of Statham’s routine action exercises.
Check out the footage below.
Hummingbird doesn’t have a US date at this point, but it will be in UK theaters on May 17th.
After witnessing his unit ripped to shreds by artillery fire in Afghanistan, Joey Jones (Jason Statham) has been living on the streets of London, trying to forget his past and stay of out trouble. On the run from a ruthless gang, he breaks into the apartment of a wealthy man in Convent Garden and assumes his upper-class identity. Just as Joey is on his way to making amends with his friend and sponsor Sister Cristina, his pregnant girlfriend is found dead in the river. Now, Joey must use his connections in the Chinese mob to find the man responsible, stopping at nothing until justice is served. From acclaimed screenwriter Steven Knight comes an elevated thriller about a broken man with a battered past, fighting to do what’s right, even if that means breaking his own rules.