Hummingbird (Redemption) Saturday, 04 April 2020

Hummingbird (Redemption)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Double the title, half the action.

  • Starring:

    Jason Statham, Agata Buzek, Benedict Wong, Victoria Bewick, Lee Asquith-Coe, Vicky McClure, Ian Pirie

  • Directed by:

    Steven Knight

  • Running time:

    100 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, kicked, punched, hit with objects, slapped, slammed into objects, stabbed, threatened, intimidated, knocked over, pursued, hair-pulled, near-strangled, beaten, thrown from a roof, hooded. Break and enter, stealing, identity theft. Incidents of child molestation discussed. Hanged, hooded man seen bound and thrashing. Military attack, tank raided. Military surveillance footage. Explosion, debris, smashed glass. Yelling, screaming. Court martial, rape, murder mentioned. Blood/gore: Blood on heads, faces, clothing. Photograph of floating corpse. A man wipes a bloody knife.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing. A man has sex with a nun (implied). Sexual favours (fellatio) mentioned. Paintings and photographs of nude males (genitals seen). Girl in leotard. Dancewear, nightwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drug deals, drug money. Prescription medicine. Alcohol (wine, champagne, spirits, cocktails). Drunken behaviour. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Frequent f-words, actual and slang terms for genitalia. Heavy religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Underworld crime, gangland violence, identity theft, justice, fugitives, PTSD, child abuse, getaway driving, debt-collecting, human trafficking, homelessness, photography, moral corruption, charity, alcoholism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Murdered friend, estranged father. Job loss, being fired discussed. Church, meatworks, Afghanistan settings. Flocks of birds (pigeons, hummingbirds). Hanging carcasses of meat, fish heads cut, gutting fish, roast duck, grilling steak. Military drone. Some Chinese language (subtitled), some other languages (no subtitles). Vomiting. Also known as Redemption.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    More sombre than the usual action flick. Atmospheric, watchable. Nicely photographed.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Thin plot, meandering narrative, weak characters, slow-paced. Implausible, silly, jumbled, bleak.

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