Hard-man Jason Statham stars in writer-director Steven Knight’s new film Hummmingbird. The story follows a troubled solder who returns to London after a traumatic tour of duty in Afghanistan.
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Hard-man Jason Statham stars in writer-director Steven Knight’s new film Hummmingbird. The story follows a troubled solder who returns to London after a traumatic tour of duty in Afghanistan. Statham is Joseph “Joey” Jones, a former Royal Marine who returns to Britain carrying the mental and physical scars of war. But his homeland proves to be no less violent, struggling to live on the streets – homeless and psychological damaged. After being beaten up by a gang of men, he tries to re-start his life by assuming the identity of someone else. He seeks the help of a young nun but is pushed back into a violent world when his military skills become the valuable asset of the city’s criminal underworld. But physical retribution for money turns to revenge when he learns his missing girlfriend was brutally slain by a underworld gang lord. His path becomes one which will either destroy him completely or give him a chance at redemption.
Statham, who researched post-traumatic stress in soldiers before shooting began, says he’s really “proud” of the film, calling it a “gritty, down and out drama”. He also sings the praises of first-time director Steven Knight. The film was shot almost entirely during nighttime hours with on-location shooting utilising streets popular with homeless people. Apparently, some were offered a chance to appear in the film.
Early word on the film has been positive. Steven Knight has proven his ability with the pen, but how about the camera. Eastern Promises proved he had an ability to paint a bleak but affecting depiction of London and Hummingbird certainly gives him further opportunity to explore the seedy underworld he so clearly enjoys delving into. Statham also has an opportunity to mix physical prowess with a more intimate character portrayal. How successful he is at achieving this will probably make or break the film.
This brutal yet surprisingly tender thriller is released in cinemas 28th June 2013
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Written by Rory Fish
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