Movie review: 'Hummingbird'

Jun 29, 2013, 14:59 IST | Mihir Fadnavis

If there is one thing this genre of movie could be called, it is Troll Filmmaking as the intention of the filmmaker seems only to troll the audience

In 'Hummingbird', director Steve Knight conjures the most frustrating possible scenario for a film buff – he casts Jason Statham as a suit wearing gangster driver, who instead of kicking people in the face, suffers an existential crisis, looks at the camera and weeps throughout the film. If there is one thing this genre of movie could be called, it is Troll Filmmaking.

'Hummingbird' review

'Hummingbird', which for some reason was released in other countries as Redemption and Crazy Joe, stars Statham as an alcoholic drug-pushing bum on the streets, an ex-marine suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder courtesy of Afghanistan. The unintentionally funny writing kicks into gear in the first five minutes as the homeless Statham is chased by a couple of street ruffians and ends up breaking into the house of a rich man. It turns out that the rich resident is out on a vacation for six months and Statham decides to live in the house by posing as the resident’s boyfriend.

As Statham cleans himself both physically and mentally, he decides to right his wrongs, wears the suit from the 'Transporter' movies and becomes a driver for a Chinese mafia. As he earns money for his wife and child whom he had abandoned, he is attracted to a nun played by Agata Buzek who has pretty much locked on next year’s 'Razzie' for worst actress.

Director Knight, who has earlier written 'Dirty Pretty Things' and 'Eastern Promises' tries to combine arthouse drama and Statham’s action chops and ends up making a mess of both. The notion of Troll Filmmaking isn’t too farfetched because at times it seems like Knight is deliberately making a bad movie for fans of Statham. In one scene his character wears a suit and willingly drives a van full of illegal imported Chinese slaves, a clear throwback to the plot of the first 'Transporter' movie.

There is also a scene where the nun and the antihero first meet at a gay art gallery, then get drunk, then flirt and then deliberate will of God, the sequence is so terrible it could only have been crafted by a filmmaker whose intention was only to troll the audience. 

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