The list of Statham’s best movies has been updated, but I’m sad to inform that we still don’t have a third Crank picture, which I believe the world urgently needs at this time.
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It was a good year for him because he finally returned to the big screen as an outright villain for the first time since Cellular, in the Fast & Furious mega-franchise, with his appearance in the seventh film, Fast 7. Fortunately. Similarly, Spy added another string to his bow, allowing him to parody himself in the most magnificent way possible. Despite the fact that Wild Card didn’t make a lot of money, it allowed Statham to release another of his more indie-minded films and provided a good mix of action and black comedy.
When I recommended updating this essay to the man himself because of his crazy workload, he laughed and said, “My productivity is overwhelming! “Have a fucking day off!”)”) With Mechanic: Resurrection his only release this year, I suppose we can give him a well-earned break in 2017.
We’ve also compiled a database of what other celebrities think is Jason Statham’s best film, which you can access here. It was when we inquired about the man’s preferences that we received this response:
When I think back to Guy Ritchie, I have fond memories. I owe him a lot, and I’ve always appreciated the movies he’s made. Seeing Lock Stock and Snatch back-to-back was a life-changing experience for me. In addition, I’m a fan of The Bank Job. For me, the Bank Job was an excellent opportunity to practice my acting skills, you know? The truth of the matter may be disputed by others [laughs]. ‘It was an incredible experience working with such talented actors and I’m extremely proud of the film we made.’
That being said, let’s get started with Statham’s universe…
One of War’s most surprising decisions is to place a greater emphasis on its twisty, turny story than on its action, which is noticeably absent in a film starring Jason Statham and Jet Li.
Since the F.B.I. finds itself in the heart of a gang war between the Triads and the Yakuza, any less than full focus will leave you trying to keep up, as War is full of double crosses and betrayals. One time I watched it with a group of friends over beer and pizza and had no idea what was going on.
Stath’s latest film is a slick and intriguing little action thriller, and it’s notable for being yet another film in which he stars alongside Jet Li, which is no coincidence when you know that they share the same manager and producer, Steven Chasman, who has produced a fair number of their movies, such as War, The One, Kiss Of The Dragon and more.
For those looking for some good swordplay, there are still some exciting moments, like a violent clash between two of the main characters and Stath being struck with an axe (which evil guys should really know is foolish by now) in a bloody showdown.
However, the director of War hasn’t done anything else since, which seems like a tragedy after the promise exhibited in his first and only feature film, Philip G Atwell, who has experience making rap music videos and a few episodes of The Shield to his credit.
2. Gnomeo & Juliet
One of the countless things I’d like to know about Jason Statham is if he’s ever been approached about taking on more family-friendly projects. However, despite the fact that Stallone and Schwarzenegger had tried, with varying results, to balance blood-soaked action with caring for children, their blueprint seemed to be a need for their muscular successors. Fortunately, both Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returned to more adult material withThe Tooth Fairy andThe Pacifier, and now share the success of theFast & Furiousfranchise.
Statham wielding an upside-down diaper (see: diaper) or other “comical” weapon substitute will hopefully never be shown on a movie poster, but it’s wonderful to have one film on this list that may be shown to young ‘uns as a Statham introduction (especially if you now find yourself as a new parent with more than a passing interest in his work).
A lawnmower race is only one of the animated sequences he gets to participate in. It’s even more weird to witness Stath converse to Ozzy Osbourne’s small deer companion, voiced by Stath. Although his shouty, uncredited cameo in The Pink Panther hardly counts, Statham’s lovely, brilliant short movie is a terrific method to indoctrinate children into the church of Statham.
3. Transporter 3
I believe Transporter 3 holds a special place in the hearts of Den Of Geek fans. Two reviewers were sent to the press screening in November of 2008, and both wrote reviews. “Transporter 3: the We Liked It review” and “Transporter 3: the We Didn’t Like It review” were the titles of the two reviews. The winner of the guessing game won’t get a gift.
When it comes toTransporter 3, I’d argue that the humor is even more important than the action. In the first scene, Frank and Tarconi (François Berléand) have a conversation, and things immediately feel crisper and more self-aware, making the whole film a joy to watch. The strangest thing about Transporter is that it can feel like a proper film at times because it’s so polished. I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way; I’m just saying that because of its increasing resemblance to Bond and Bourne films (location trotting, the casting of Jeroen Krabbé), it’s in danger of being compared, albeit more as a spoof than anything else.
It remains ridiculously high concept, but this time Frank can’t be more than 75 feet from his car without his newly acquired bracelet blowing him sky high, leading to the kind of ingenuity stunt-wise that makesTransporter 3a closer relation toCrank, though it can never quite match the sheer insanity of that film. The moment in which he chases a car on a BMX while The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” blasts out earns a large gold star from me just for the music alone.
4. The One
“You’re here. You’re alive.” You don’t exist in another world. Your spouse is the same woman in another marriage. A separate woman is your wife in the other. A man is your husband in another.
The only thing better than one Jet Li is a hundred of them! Many, many references to Jet Li. When someone sits back and wonders, “Who on earth would be the most intriguing person to get Li to fight? Aha! It’s him! Not in the Double Impact tradition, I should note.)”
Former X Files, Millennium, and Space: Above and Beyond scribes Glen Wong and James Morgan, who have since returned to television with The Event, American Horror Story, The River, and this year’sRosemary’s Baby and Those Who Kill were the ones who were responsible in this case.
That doesn’t mean that The One (or Jet Li’sThe One,if you prefer) is any less enjoyable than Van Damme’s Timecop, which is exactly the kind of insane sci-fi rubbish that would fit wonderfully as a double with The One.
As a result of working with Corey Yuen on The One, Statham was given his first opportunity to appear on the big screen in a true action film, and it’s no accident that Yuen went on to co-direct Mr. S in The Transporter after working with Statham on this.
But if you haven’t seen The One, it is a great time, thanks to Jason Statham and Delroy Lindo, who pretend to be multiverse agents while bad Jet Li chops his way through other dimensional versions of himself, resulting in some spectacular fight scenes and an opportunity for Li to display both extremes of his onscreen personas.
5. The Expendables 2
It’s fair to say that the secondExpendablesfilm should be ranked higher on this list than the first one because it was, in my opinion, superior than the first in nearly every regard. There has always been a wide range of opinions on the franchise. While some fans of the original couldn’t get past the novelty of the first film, others fell in love with the sequel. In terms of screen time and character moments for Stath’s Lee Christmas character, The Expendables 2 falls short of part one, hence it is ranked here.
Still, there are many great moments for Christmas to cut a path through the baddies, including the brutal and sensational opening sequence and his final battle with fellow action star, Scott Adkins. The combat scene wasn’t as good as it could have been, according to Matt Edwards, a fellow bearded Den Of Geek writer. Because of the short amount of time available, he admitted: “It was frustrating.” Thoughts of a good fight fill my mind while standing there. Do you think people want to see this? Statham and I fighting it out on screen?’ There is nothing wrong with that, but when you’re running low on time and money is tight, it’s hard to tell the producers that. But that’s the nature of filmmaking. That’s why they’re not artists, but businesspeople. Frustratingly, they devoted half a day to Djokovic bouncing tennis balls about, even though that wasn’t in the movie at all! “It was extremely frustrating,” he said.
The possibilities are endless, but for now, we’ll have to settle for observing what happens when you fight Stath in the vicinity of a helicopter blade..
6. Death Race
This is a tough one to take. As soon as I started writing for Geek, I penned an article in which I attempted to vent my rage at one particular filmmaker (Paul WS. Anderson) because of the negative reactions I’d had to some of his work. To this day, I can’t shake the horrible sense that I’ll enjoy Death Race. Until compiling this list, I’d been putting off seeing it.
In the end, I was correct.
Anderson deserves some credit as a director, especially for his ability to make a low budget go a long way. Death Race is yet another evidence of his inability to write well, according to my opinion. He’d do better if someone handed him a screenplay, took his crayons away, and said, “No! No more writing!”
To the point where you could pretend to be psychic and “impress” your pals with how things were going to turn out, the Death Race plot is as predictable as you’d expect. And I’m furious that Anderson opted to remove all mention of the original idea, which awarded points based on who you attacked (men, women, children, newborns, and the elderly), and instead chose to stage a death race within the walls of a jail instead. Compared to the original Death Race, this one is more like The Running Man.
Regardless of my preconceived notions, it was a lot of fun as a stand-alone action movie. However, the film’s greatest asset is its automobile races, which are long and meticulously put together, resulting in an exhilarating and gruesome display of carnage.
Ian McShane, Joan Allen, and Mortal Kombat’s Robin Shou round out the cast, making our protagonist the ultimate aggrieved man on a quest to get back at his tormentors while he’s ably supported.
7. Transporter 2
We live in a world where there are two types of individuals. When Frank Martin flips a car in the air to extract a bomb from the undercarriage on a hook, while the detonator is held in the hands of a woman who is happy to stroll around in her see-through bra, there are two camps: those who adore the scene and those who believe it’s a waste of time. Which of the following best describes you: a person, or a
Yes, of course. It’s a comic goldmine of a monologue, delivered by the large man in an S&M parlour about his experience. In a film where all the characters have potty mouths, be advised that the language does not become any more beautiful.
Hunter Richards appears to have directed only one picture, and there appears to be little information available about it. Because it came out the same year as Cellular, which starred Statham, Jessica Biel, and Chris Evans (a little further down the list), I’m going to believe the casting wasn’t random. The majority of London’s 90-minute length is spent in a bathroom at a house party, making it feel more like a play than a film.
It has a similar tone to Bret Easton Ellis’ writing, with all the characters revealing their terrible character faults, being generally unsympathetic, rich, and doing a lot of drugs, thus it won’t appeal to a large percentage of readers. Statham’s character is named Bateman in the movie, but Biel played the same role in a film adaptation of another Ellis book, The Rules Of Attraction.
Evans and Statham drive the bulk of the film, but it’s Statham who proves the most entertaining, reveling in the opportunity to demonstrate a rare display of emotions (just try to overlook his bad hairstyle), while spewing out the c-word with such aplomb, that, at moments, the dialogue feels improvised. I’d recommend it if you want to see Statham playing against type for the most of the movie; just be prepared for a lot of rambling, buzzed language, which adds realism but doesn’t always hold your attention.
9. The Italian Job
Hold your horses for a while, please. Let me set the record straight before you start reading me the riot act about remakes: I, too, believe that Hollywood should put an end to the endless recycling of legendary content. However, it should stop referring to classic films by their original titles, as a simple change could have saved us all from yelling on social media.
Despite the fact that the Karate Kid remake featured kung fu rather than karate, as has been repeatedly stated on Geek over the years, the eternal wisdom of the Tinseltown execs must have insisted on keeping the exact same franchise name, making someone like myself steer clear due to a love for the original……………… Friends of mine still refuse to watch The Italian Job because of this very reason. In spite of the resentment, this is an entertaining heist film.
There’s a strong supporting cast led by Seth Green, Charlize Theron, and Edward Norton in this film, as well as Stath himself, who plays a guy named Rob, which is an undeniably endearing name. Even if it doesn’t blow you away, the movie keeps moving and has some memorable set pieces. There is also a dinner sequence between Theron and Norton that I find extremely enjoyable, but I will not reveal any further details.
10. Wild Card
One of the many reasons to be grateful for Jason Statham is that it seems to have led to Simon West’s return to directing huge, explosive action pictures.. Statham. Despite the fact that they’ve collaborated on two other projects that made this list, Wild Card decided to make it a trilogy.
Despite the trailer’s promise of action and gambling, Wild Card is a far cry from the “remake” that appeared probable when the announcement was made based on the trailer. Films like Dante’s Inferno and Hellraiser depict the torment of one man’s addiction, which is depicted in a Dante-like manner in the actual release of the film.
Episodic in style, it follows the adventures of one man’s encounters with a variety of characters, from the sleazy Milo Ventimiglia to the enamored young gambler who is the filmic equal of how I suppose I’d feel if I met Jason Statham in a bar: endless gushing and brush-offs.
11. The Mechanic
When The Mechanic came out, we were ecstatic to see Simon West return to directing big-screen action, asCon Airis a director who is well regarded in the geek community. We didn’t know it at the time, but Sylvester Stallone seemed to like West’s return to the Expendables 2 director’s chair. When it comes to action movies like The Mechanics, West has a proven track record. He’s worked with Statham on a third film, Wild Card, which recently renamed itself after the original’s original title. The cast includes Stanley Tucci, Sofia Vergara and Milo Ventimiglia.
A large portion (about half) of The Mechanic’s 90-minute running length is devoted to action sequences, including fights, shootouts, and vehicle chases — after all, why should a movie take the lazy road of having someone stabbed in the face for a second time?
CGI is the downfall of many action movies that try and be grittier and more brutal, but The Mechanicalso uses a small budget to show off actual stunts while avoiding CGI.
Despite The Stath’s lectures on how to be a superb assassin, there is one life lesson that can joyfully be transferred to everyday life and one that countless evil guys never heed: don’t mess with Jason Statham.