Wild Card

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  • Amazon Customer 2 years ago
    50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Remake of Burt Reynolds’ “Heat”: Feels More Like a Character Study, February 1, 2015
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    Amazon Customer (Kyoto, Japan) –

    This review is from: Wild Card (Amazon Video)
    Jason Statham is Nick Wild, a Las Vegas-based bodyguard doing odd jobs for little money. Today Nick is hired by young and mild-mannered Cyrus Kinnick (Michael Angarano). But Nick has another job he has to take care of, because his friend Holly (Dominik Garcia-Lorido) is found severely wounded in front of a hospital.

    You may expect an action-packed thriller from this kind of story, and the director is Simon West, responsible for “The Expendables 2” (featuring Statham) and “Con Air.” Yes, there are a few action scenes (choreographed by Cory Yuen), and they are fine with Statham’s character refusing to use guns, but few and far between, especially in the dialogue-heavy first half of the film.

    The fact is “Wild Card” is more like a drama or character study about a man who knows gambling too much; who says he will leave the town, dreaming a life in Corsica, while we are not sure whether or not he really means it. The impressive cast includes Hope Davis, Anne Heche, Stanley Tucci, Milo Ventimiglia and Sofia Vergara, but they are all more or less cameos. The film virtually belongs to Statham’s character.

    So “Wild Card” feels like a throwback to the old-fashioned action. Well, the film is actually a remake of “Heat” (1986) starring Burt Reynolds, written by Oscar-winner William Goldman (based on his novel). Goldman is once again credited as the writer for the new version, but Nick’s character offers too little to get us interested.

    This changes slightly in the second half, but I am afraid viewers expecting “Transporter” would be disappointed. I for one like the film for what it is, but still I think “Wild Card” needs a better conclusion and pacing.

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  • ahoffoss 2 years ago
    42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Lacks the GUTS of a true “Statham” movie., January 31, 2015
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    ahoffoss (Louisiana) –

    This review is from: Wild Card (Amazon Video)
    I guess I was assuming this was going to be the token “Statham” action flick,…and to a degree it was. However, it was also lacking something that I can’t quite put my finger on?!

    Statham plays the role of Nick Wild, a bodyguard for hire in the high stakes town of Las Vegas. After being referred by a friend, Cyrus Kinnick (Michael Angarano) seeks out Nick to guard him during his stay at the Casinos. While tending to business, Nick’s friend, Holly (Dominik García-Lorido) gets in an altercation with some members of a mob crew and seeks Nick’s help to get her revenge.

    Sounds like it’s got all the making for an action packed thrill ride, right?! Well, yes AND no. The action is DEFINITELY there, but it’s only there for a total of about 10-15 minutes of screen time. I will say, the scenes are REALLY well done! I really enjoyed the way they slow down during the fighting (you’ll see what I mean). The rest of the movie is simply Statham’s character fantasizing about getting away from Vegas for good and/or chatting it up with the locals he’s become friends with over the years.

    Don’t get me wrong, this is NOT a bad movie, by any means. But a Statham movie?! Not so much.

    Final Verdict: It’s worth watching, but don’t expect more than a few faces punched in.

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  • Michael J. Szymczyk 2 years ago
    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A solid, entertaining and extremely under-rated flick, February 12, 2015
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    Michael J. Szymczyk (Chicago, Illinois) –

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    Ignore the haters, this is a solid and entertaining film and definitely worth a watch. It starts off a bit slow but that’s needed to set things in motion. This is definitely not a bad film as some have reviewed, from the cinematography to the editing to the acting, it’s really well done and worth a watch, keep in mind, it’s a remake of a very cheesy 70s film called HEAT so while some might be turned off by the cheesy dialogue, I personally thought it was hilarious, and it’s complemented by some very well done scenes that move things along quite nicely. For what it is and what it sets out to do, it earns five out of five stars in my book as I never became bored while watching it.

    It’s not Dostoyevsky’s THE GAMBLER (and I haven’t seen the Wahlberg film of the same name to compare the two), but it is what it is: a solid and entertaining, and extremely under-rated, flick.

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