Out Of Theatre

Wild Card

Out Of Theatre
06 Feb, 2015 1 hr 32 mins A
Jason Statham, Stanley Tucci, Sofia Vergara, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Angarano, Anne Heche
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With an unsurprising climax, weak story and repetitive action, the film fails to be half as good as a regular Statham gag must mandatorily be.
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Story: Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a compulsive gambler from Las Vegas whose revenge trip for his friend Holly (Dominik Garcia-Lorido) leads him into self-discovery. Events roll out shockingly as Nick is trying to hunt down her rapists and protect a rich kid named Cyrus (Michael Angarano) who wants to learn how to be fearless. The film traces how he curbs his relentless gambling, fights his fears, let go off his self-destructive tendency and turn a new leaf in life.

Review: In terms of story, Wild Card seems to be extracted right out of blank pages. There is no story per se but a series of instances lazily strewn together. But what is striking here is that the deftness of Simon West's unusual thrills doesn't allow the vital flaws get the better of the movie. Banking solely on the slick action to work as the film's saving grace, it can be safely said that this is a problematic movie which is watchable yet forgettable.

Based on William Goldman's 1985 novel named Heat, the film defies the formulaic mandates of any staple Statham flick and delves into mock soul searching trysts and messiah acts. You wouldn't walk into his world for the blabbering and it is disappointing to find ample of it here.

The musical slo-mo fight sequences try their best to elevate the film letting unique tools of action - coins, butter knives and credit cards, do their dazzling bits on screen. A particular scene where a rape victim tries to castrate her defiler crackles. But Jason and his co-stars Angarano and Garcia-Loridi are underwhelming.

This ambitious project is an anomalous experimental product that deviates from his regular testosterone charged dramas. The humane tapestry skillfully uses an interesting blend of contrasts to convey Nick's drab routine, for instance, the flashes of a boat in the picturesque backdrop of Corsica add tenderness to the tapestry.

But with an unsurprising climax, weak story and repetitive action, the film fails to be half as good as a regular Statham gag must mandatorily be.
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