Wild Card (2015)
||15 in UK
||Jason Statham, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Milo Ventimiglia, Stanley Tucci
|Source of story
||A novel “Heat” and 1980s film, both by William Goldman
||A Las Vegas bodyguard is hired by a young internet millionaire to watch his back, at the same time as a once girlfriend asks for his help to avenge a rape by a minor gang boss. With some reservations he takes on both tasks, making his chances of surviving uncertain. Will he beat the enforcers and his own gambling addiction?
||Quite a lot of brooding silences with our hero staring into a glass of vodka, plus occassional moments of extreme violence.
||This is an odd movie which might only just suit the JS fans. It is apparently better than the 1986 Burt Reynolds version, but was still not liked by either the critics or the general public. I’ve seen worse – and actually worse JS offerings as well. It might be a watch while doing something else.
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Author of this site three technical books and two novels
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