Jason Statham takes a darker role than usual in a gritty London drama that never quite seems sure of itself, as writer-turned-director Knight mashes several huge social issues with a hint of action and a rather awkward romance. It's always intriguing, and has several jaw-dropping moments along the way, but ultimately leaves us wondering why Knight made the film at all.
Statham plays Joey, an ex-soldier on the run from the military police. Living homeless in central London, he breaks into a sexy loft flat and discovers that the resident will be away for eight months. So he assumes his identity, borrows his bank account and starts his life over with a job in a Chinese restaurant. Then his bosses (Wong and Lee) notice how good he is in a fight, and give him a high-paying job as a mob goon. With his new wealth, he starts helping out Cristina (Buzek), the Polish-born nun who feeds the homeless in Covent Garden. As they begin a strange friendship, he also contacts his bitter ex-wife (McClure) and young daughter.
As he did in his scripts for Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises, Knight reels off the social issues in London's underbelly: illegal immigrants, human trafficking, gang violence, desperate prostitution, post-traumatic stress. But the real story here is Joey's redemption, as pointedly symbolised by the hummingbirds that flit through his drug-detox dreams. As he tries to help Cristina in a variety of sometimes contrived ways, she responds by improbably falling for him. Meanwhile, he spends a lot of time searching for a missing friend (Bewick) while also trying to make things up to his ex.
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Is Agata Buzek's weight cause for concern - or she is naturally this skinny?
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is skinny. Angelina Jolie is skinny. Megan Fox is skinny. But Polish actress Agata Buzek is SKINNY. Wielding a cigarette, the Polish actress turned up at the London premiere of her new movie Hummingbird on Monday night (June 17, 2013) looking incredibly slender - especially when posing next to muscly co-star Jason Statham.
The blonde star wore her hair tied in a ponytail with a patterned sleeveless top and cropped trousers. She teamed the outfit with a black belt tied around her waist, cream coat and black flat shoes. Agata formerly worked as a high fashion model in Paris and is known for her skinny frame, though her recent weight loss was noticeable at the world premiere of Hummingbird, reports the Daily Mail.
Buzek is now thought to be slimmer than a US size 0 (a UK size 4), though she appears perfectly happy and was in good spirits in central London on Monday. She plays nun Christina in the new action movie - also named Redemption - about a homeless and on the run ex-special forces soldier navigating London's criminal underworld. He seizes an opportunity to assume another man's identity - transforming into an avenging angel in the process.
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Joey Jones has been living on the streets for a while, but after receiving a particularly bad beating by some street thugs, he decides to re-build his life once and for all. Breaking into another person's home, he changes his identity and scrubs up (quite literally) in order to get a as a chef and security guard at a London restaurant. His help ridding the eatery of any problems they might have with his swift fighting skills motivates his boss to offer him a new job which leaves him more better off than he's ever been. He decides to set out on a mission to help the poverty stricken community in which he once lived, a decision that is dramatically increased by the murder of his best friend Isabel. However, as much as he wants to use his newfound money to help those in need, he wants more than anything to start a new life and finally get away from his past.
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After being particularly badly beaten while living on the streets, Joey Jones is determined to get his life back on track. He is ex-special forces on the run from military court so when he finds the opportunity to transform into another person, he grabs it with both hands. Working as a chef in a London restaurant, he also acts as security using his specialist skills to overpower any trouble that might come their way. When his boss offers some new kind of work, he decides that he must do everything in his power to help people whose lives have been destroyed by poverty, especially when he is informed of the brutal death of one of his closest friends. However, he is torn between his desire to help those in need, and run away and start over his own life in a new place.
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