Dead Man Down.
“We thought you were dead.”
“I’m not, and now I’m going to have my revenge.”
Jason Statham is an ex-special forces man who’s down and out and psychologically damaged in London. One night after an altercation with some street thugs who prey on homeless people, he breaks into an empty flat and starts to haul himself out of the gutter, although he ends up in a world which is just as violent as the one he left behind him in the Middle East.
When a homeless girl who he knew is found dead in the Thames, he wants his revenge. At the same time, he is also working for Chinese gangsters in London in some rather unsavoury business.
In parallel with these activities is his relationship with the nun who runs the soup kitchen, which he starts to fund with the money he has been making. She has her own demons to deal with. She had wanted to be a ballerina, but ended up being a gymnast whose coach abused her until she stabbed him. She also has doubts about God and eventually spends the night with Statham before he goes and does what he has to do.
He kills the man who murdered his friend and tries to vanish back into the streets of London, but the net is closing in.
Hummingbird wasn’t quite what I was expecting. It was still a typical Jason Statham film with gangsters and lashings of ultra-violence, but it had a bit more to it than that alone.
Jack Harker and his girlfriend are vacuuming up Earth’s last remaining resources before they jet off to sunny Titan to rejoin the rest of humanity. Harker is often haunted by visions of a woman, who seems to be a fragment of his memory which was wiped before he started the job.
One day a spaceship crashes and among the survivors is the woman from Harker’s memory – it’s his wife. When she insists on going back for her ship’s flight recorder, he agrees to take her and gets captured by scabs who are, in fact, human. They want him to program one of the drones to carry a nuclear warhead to the mother ship, but release him anyway because he has a cabin in the wilderness where he keeps old books which he finds in the ruins of cities.
On the way home, Harker finds that he’s not alone when he has an encounter with another Harker – No. 52. Suddenly he realises that the mission to Titan (whose commander he was) never made it. He returns to the scabs to program the drone, but the base comes under attack, forcing him to deliver the warhead in person along with his wife.
Or so we all think. In truth, he took the leader of the resistance with him and they detonate the bomb, which destroys the mother ship.
Back on Earth, Harker 52 eventually finds his wife, who is doing the gardening with Harker 49’s daughter.
I’m not sure whether this is another nutty Scientology flick or the message is that there’s only one Earth and we won’t be blasting off to some refuge in the stars any time soon.
I don’t know whether it was just me on this occasion, but the music seemed deliberately intrusive as it obviously played on the emotions of the audience, which I found quite irritating. It may just have been me on this occasion and the use of mood music was no more extensive than it can be in any other film.
I assume this was a big budget sci-fi piece. Well, Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman were the big budget, and the rest of the cast were the sci-fi piece. Sally the Annoying Controller may survive for her catchphrase, “Are we an effective team?” The rest will vanish into history.