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  • Summary: Homeless and on the run from a military court martial, a damaged ex-special forces soldier navigating London's criminal underworld seizes an opportunity to assume another man's identity -- transforming into an avenging angel in the process.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Jul 8, 2013
    Genre movies are rarely this finely calibrated and nuanced and it’s all too infrequently that Statham is able to perform in material this dynamic.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jun 24, 2013
    As a statement about the fixed nature of cinematic tropes, Redemption provides a compelling supplement to Statham's current stardom.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jun 26, 2013
    A debut effort that occasionally bogs down in its own symbolism.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jun 25, 2013
    Part somber character study and part revenge thriller, Steven Knight‘s debut feature lacks the thematic depth necessary to take it seriously while not featuring enough of the high-octane action that its star’s fans have come to expect.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jun 26, 2013
    Statham's broody charisma and veteran cinematographer Chris Menges' ("The Killing Fields") eclectic views of contemporary London help hold interest, even as we ponder what Knight is really trying to say.
  6. 50
    The more correct title would have been “Retribution,” which could work for any number of Statham vehicles over the years. But Redemption is just different enough to make us remember “The Bank Job” or “Killer Elite” or that he’s about to give those fun-but-silly “Fast & Furious” movies a proper villain.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jun 25, 2013
    There’s a need for redemption here, to be certain, and it has nothing to do with the narrative.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Nov 14, 2014
    After being on a Jason Statham movie binge, I was pleasantly, and melancholically, surprised by Redemption. The movie is not without its faults - some scenes are too over the top and the movie occasionally teeters into Statham-style action stylistics while otherwise keeping a measured and contemplative pace. Yet, due to expectations raised by its main lead being Jason Statham it hasn't been given enough credit for what it is. Agatha Buzek and Statham have an unlikely chemistry, creating a touching yet humble romance on screen as they try to whole their damaged souls with each other's. Themes of providence and moral relativity are invoked with a fine temperance and clear self-awareness. What is most curious about the movie is the American title, "Redemption". Throughout the movie Statham's character is constantly in flux and in question, and that doesn't change by its conclusions. As he delves into more and more chillingly dark depths in order to find the killer of his former companion he flexes his conscience and strengthens his relationship with the shaky moral authority of his nun love interest. Regardless, as a movie it finishes with no loose ends and a powerful finality. Redemption is a good movie, but don't go into it expecting Statham mindlessly cracking heads and breaking bones. Expand
  2. Aug 17, 2014
    In one of his more recent films, Jason Statham tries out a more dramatic role. While his performance was terrific, this slow moving film leaves a lot to be desired. Joey (Jason Statham) is a war veteran who has returned to a London that is no longer his home. Falling on hard times, Joey is one of a group of homeless drug addicts, that are being terrorized by a group of thugs. While fleeing from another beating, Joey finds a seemingly abandoned, upscale apartment, and sees it as a chance to get back on his feet. The story was interesting, but it moves at a snails pace and is somewhat unbelievable. Statham pretends to be friends with the man who owns the apartment and the neighbors never question it. The film is further harmed by Joey's love interest, who just happens to be a nun. It was a very strange dynamic. Jason Statham was terrific, as a guy who was leading two lives. At one point he's this addict, trying to protect his girlfriend and at another, he's a mob enforcer, doing what he must to find and save her. The character of the nun, while performed admirably by newcomer Agata Buzek, really complicates the story. It was a semi-interesting twist, but it really takes the movie off course for extended periods of time, slowing the film to a halt. I'm a big Jason Statham fan and will watch anything he does, but if I were making recommendations on which of his film to watch, Redemption sadly wouldn't make the cut. Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2013
    i really wanted to love this movie but it has so many shortcomings, you just dont care enough for the character, which is a pity because the story could aspire to be so much more, and then the nun? even after knowing her life story, people just don't care. Expand
  4. Jan 25, 2014
    Boring, Decent and Meaningless! This is one of the dumbest movies i've ever seen! Trust me you don't wanna watch it! 1/10 is a high score for this one! Expand