Critic Consensus: While it certainly has more on its mind than the average Jason Statham action thriller, Redemption doesn't quite capitalize on its premise -- or on its star's strong, committed performance.
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Critic Reviews for Redemption
This is a film that wants to be more than a mindless action flick and it tries, desperately, but just can't deliver. A pity, although it does prove your first instinct was right: a British thriller starring Jason Statham is all you need to know.
It's really just an over-blown fashion shoot. Let's hope Jason got to keep the clothes.
This is the film that introduces us to the Stath's sensitive side. If that hasn't put you off, it should.
Redemption nearly works. It's one of those truly frustrating films in that there are numerous scenes & moments that work but Knight can't quite fashion them into a whole that's not a disappointment. But he comes damn close.
Audience Reviews for Redemption
Redemption is a typical Jason Statham film where he drives a car and kills people, and there's not much of a point to anything that happens. Here Statham plays a homeless vet named Joey who's on the run, but before long he's drawn into the life of an enforcer for the Chinese mafia. Poorly titled, there's no "redemption" in the story, as Joey remains a corrupt, amoral character throughout. An inane and rote thriller, Redemption is mindless tripe.
An instant classic. I loved this film. It's an electrifying knockout. A gritty, tough, and gutsy British drama that delivers a powerful punch to the head and heart. It's unflinching, gripping, surprisingly effective and tremendously entertaining. Director-Writer, Steven Knight has crafts a fearless and riveting directional debut, he dives deep into the story and has great characters and develops them nicely. Its a powerful and exhilarating thriller that keeps you compelled and on the edge of your seat. An engaging, exciting and original film. The action is intense and the performances are terrific. Jason Statham gives his best performance to date, he's never been better. Statham is shown in a different light and forces us to see him more as an action hero, but as a man battered and broken and trying to better himself and then becomes a avenging angel. Very few action stars make that leap, I'm happy to say that Statham knocks it out of the park. This is such an absorbing movie, it grabs you and does not let go for an minute. British films have a different breed of grit and intensity and this film shows that wonderfully. A very dark and hard-edged brand of revenge story that puts the characters, substance and story very much at the top. It's truly one of the best films of the year. It's totally awesome
All roads don't lead to salvation. Good movie! It's been quite a long time, perhaps for the first, that I was engrossed with Jason Statham's movie, not due to the sheer number of cracked skulls, but with his character and the ones around him. Hummingbird is another entity compared to his usual martial arts filled carnage, although his trademark of hurting people certainly didn't disappear. Jason Statham as Joey Jones, takes on a deeper and more emotional role, which with the help of director Stephen Knight, surprisingly works well. The movie takes some time to get its rhythm, and while it's commendable for Statham to try this new change, he's still rough in acting department. If Jason Statham can continue in roles like this, he'd be bigger than just the guys who beats people up. Homeless and on the run from a military court martial, a damaged ex-special forces soldier navigating London's criminal underworld seizes an opportunity to assume another man's identity -- transforming into an avenging angel in the process.