Hummingbird aka Redemption (2013) – Film Review


At some point in its life this film was renamed Redemption but when it opened in the UK it was called Hummingbird so that’s what I’m going with.  The film is written and directed by Steven Knight who also put together the critically acclaimed Locke (2013) starring Tom Hardy.

In this film Jason Stathan plays an ex-soldier living rough in London as he tries to escape his past and a court martial.  He takes advantage of an opportunity to reinvent himself after finding his way into the apartment of an actor who is overseas filming.  He builds a career as an enforcer for some Chinese hoodlums and builds a relationship with a nun (Agata Buzek) who mans the soup kitchen he used to frequent.

Normally you would never find me writing about a Jason Statham film as they’re usually not very good – see Wild Card (2015).  However, I turned this on one evening and much to my surprise I watched it to the end.  The strength of this film is that Knight doesn’t ask Statham to do more than he is capable of i.e. look menacing and kick the crap out of people.  The heavy lifting (acting) is done mainly by Buzek and the other supporting cast.

Hummingbird is made the more interesting by the central relationship between Statham and Buzek who is a nun having a crisis of faith.  She finds a new spirit being awakened as the two forge an ever closer bond that will change both of their lives.  That being said you’re not going to find a lot of originality in the rest of the film and fans of ‘The Stath’, don’t worry, there are plenty of bad guys meeting a sorry end.

I would describe this film as ‘for your consideration’.  I felt compelled to write about it because it has a certain something about it.  It is going to feel odd giving it the same rating as Avengers: Age of Ultron because that is a more entertaining movie but these ratings are relative.  If I think a film is utter garbage and I feel angry it’s a 1/5, boring and sub-par equals 2/5, good/solid effort is 3/5, excellent is 4/5, sublime (which can include irrational excitement and inability to stop talking about a film) is 5/5.  That last rating is a very rare honour.


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