Friday, July 12, 2013

Hummingbird (released as Redemption in the US and Crazy Joe in France) is a 2013 British-American action thriller film written and directed by Steven Knight and starring Jason Statham.


Returning from a traumatic tour of duty in Afghanistan, Joseph 'Joey' Smith, an ex-Royal Marine, returns to Great Britain to face another kind of war — life on the London streets as a homeless and damaged veteran. In an attempt to refresh himself, after being brutally beaten by a gang of men on a cold street corner, Joey breaks into an apartment and assumes another man's identity and seeks the aid of Sister Cristina, a young nun who works at an inner-city parish. But Joey's military training makes him a valuable asset, and he soon finds himself caught in the dark complex of London's criminal underworld. Struggling to keep hold of his sanity, Joey offers his profits to those who need it most. But when he learns his friend's life was brutally ended by murderous city boy Max Forrester, he risks everything for revenge, hurtling down a deadly path that promises to destroy him completely, or be his final and only hope at redeeming himself.



Hummingbird was almost entirely filmed throughout the hours of night. Filming sites included popular streets for homeless people and apparently sometimes even involved them. Statham stated that before filming started there was a lot of research into the mental health issues of his character. Some ex-servicemen were asked about their own experiences they had.


Hummingbird was released in the United Kingdom, United States (as Redemption), and France (as Crazy Joe) on June 28, 2013.


Based on 43 reviews Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 51%, with the site's 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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