Brit has true grit

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

WE might not be liv­ing through a golden age of Hol­ly­wood ac­tion movies at present but at least Bri­tish mus­cle man Ja­son Statham ( pic­tured) is keep­ing the genre alive and kick­ing butt. He’s one of a few qual­ity go-to men for ac­tion roles and he’s again been called on for this re­make of the 1972 Charles Bron­son thriller of the same name. He takes on the Bron­son role, star­ring as elite hit man Arthur Bishop who is hired to knock off his men­tor af­ter he dou­ble-crossed an as­so­ciate. Af­ter the deed is done, he is ap­proached by his men­tor’s loose can­non son Steve ( Ben Fos­ter), who’s been left with noth­ing and wants Bishop to train him in the as­sas­si­na­tion game. But just who is do­ing the dou­ble-cross­ing and who wants who dead? While it’s all very cliched and typ­i­cal of the mod­ern ac­tion genre, there is still some flash in the bash and crash. Statham’s calm and Fos­ter’s crazy make for a good pair­ing and the ex­plo­sive ac­tion and vi­o­lent gun play en­sure fun, mind­less en­ter­tain­ment.

Ex­tras: ★ A hand­ful of ex­tended and al­ter­nate scenes.

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