Action is go


Starring Jason Statham. Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Rated R.
Rated 5.0

This turbo-charged vehicle features Jason Statham (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and The Transporter) as Chev Chelios, a hit man who has made the mistake of sparing his last mark and trying to retire. Not a good move. He awakes the next morning to find himself fatally juiced with a drug that will immediately snuff him the second his heart rate falls below a certain point … with that on top of the scant one hour he has to live.

What to do? Why, say “ta ta” to his dimbulb bird and set out to whack those responsible for the delicate condition he’s in before his time is up. And what he needs to complete this mission is a ton of adrenaline … for Chev and by extension the audience. What ensues is a near real-time delirium of outrageous misfortune for anyone fool enough to get in his way as he burns up the streets of Los Angeles in his quest to kill his killers.

Sure, it’s a knockoff of the old film noir classic DOA infused with copious amounts of Speed, but it is also a wildly entertaining pitch-black comedy for nihilists with a tweaked sense of humor, a bullet-time cartoon of gratuitous mayhem so absurd that one can only laugh as severed limbs fly, parakeets explode and Chinatown residents cheer as Chev finally manages to rise to the occasion. This is one sick puppy of an action movie that well and truly delivers what was promised, with more fun than a planeload of snakes. Booyah.