Wild Card | Movie Review 06 Feb 2015   245


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Cast: Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Milo Ventimiglia, Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci
Direction: Simon West
Genre: Action
Duration: 1 hour 32 minutes

Critics Review

Times of India (TOI):

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.
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DNA:

Based on the William Goldman novel Heat, Wild Card is guilty of just playing it too safe and sticking too closely to the original 1986 adaptation rather than trying out new tricks. But it’s a Statham film, you say. But we’re missing the chases. We’re missing the short banter. We’re missing a credible villain. We’re missing thrilling fight sequences (you can never have enough). The humour seems forced at every point. The screenplay is a little weaker than usual. The scenes linger in places they don’t need to. Really, so much more could have been done for this film!
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Mid-Day:

Jason Statham has increasingly become the Jean Claude Van Damme of the new generation. But unlike the ’80s action star Statham has one (or sometimes even two) movies coming out every single year. Whether it’s an ‘Expendables’ or ‘Fast and Furious’ sequel, there’s always one Statham movie every year that puts him in a suit, and then in a car, and then guns blazing out for vengeance. This year that honour goes to ‘Wild Card’.
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CNN IBN:

Statham stars as Nick Wild, a jaded Las Vegas private bodyguard, who’s working towards getting the hell out of Sin City and starting a new life. But when a lady friend of his (Dominik Garcia-Lorido) is assaulted by a vicious gangster, he helps her get revenge and ends up on the wrong side of a gang of dreaded thugs. Expendables 2 director Simon West stages way too many slow-motion action scenes in which Statham uses his hands, his feet, a spoon, a credit card, and pretty much anything that’s in his reach, to fight off the unending stream of bad guys.
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