‘Hummingbird’ Trailer: Jason Statham Cleans Up the Streets of London

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Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight is making his feature-length writing and directing debut with Hummingbird, a dramatic-thriller starring Jason Statham as (what else?) a tough guy with a conscience. In this instance, Stath plays an ex-special forces soldier who goes on the run, rather than deal with the consequences from a court martial.

Stath’s character soon finds himself homeless and directionless, just struggling to get by on the mean streets of London at night. However, fate kindly intervenes and provides him the chance to start life over, by assuming a different man’s identity. Things seem to be going well… that is, until the need to pay an emotional debt inspires Stath to take on the city’s criminal underbelly single-handedly (as you can see in the trailer).

Rounding out the Hummingbird supporting cast are lesser-knowns names such as Vicky McClure (Line of Duty), Benedict Wong (Prometheus) and Siobhan Hewlett (Sherlock). Meanwhile, Knight is collaborating with high-pedigree talent behind the camera, including two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Chris Menges (who shot Knight’s script for Dirty Pretty Things) and Oscar-winning composer Dario Marianelli (V for Vendetta, Atonement).

Check out the Hummingbird poster (via Total Film):

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Statham looks to get a fair amount of screen time to give his devoted fans what they want in Hummingbird (re: scenes where he pummels baddies), but otherwise this looks to be a unique installment in Stath’s filmography. Knight used action and thriller genre tropes to explore socio-political issues through his scripts for Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises, so his directorial debut is another chip off the same block (for him, anyway).

Hummingbird probably won’t gain the same degree of critical recognition as similar films previously written by Knight, if only because his directing skills are probably a ways behind those of Stephen Frears (Dirty Pretty Things) and David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises). Nonetheless, this could mark the rare occasion where Statham flexes his dramatic acting chops more than his muscles.

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Hummingbird should make its way to U.S. theaters sometime in 2013.

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Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. Seems like every other Jason Statham movie.

    • That is not necessarily a bad thing…

  2. CLASSICAL STATHAM

  3. actually seems different than his more recent films.

  4. I kind of get a “Driver” vibe from the poster.

  5. I won’t be surprised if it flops.

  6. Even though its nothing like the movie i’m gonna mention, it somehow reminds me of Colletaral. The one with Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise?

    I dont know why, but it just does.

  7. This looks really good and more like a drama than an action thriller, I think they have just focused on that for the trailer, I’m in though!

    Love the Stath

  8. Eastern promises was solid and this looks like it’ll be a more dramatic then usual Statham flicks. Safe was actually pretty good and one of his smarter films plot wise hopefully this builds on that

  9. Its about time statham did something different

  10. This movie might actually not suck.

  11. Story-wise this looks as good as his ‘Transporter’ vehicles, I’ll see it for sure…

  12. Jason Statham’s filmography divides roughly between dramatic and kinetic; the man has more (dare I say the word) “charisma” than most younger, contemporary actors; at one point, seriously considered for the role of James Bond but Daniel Craig was had a lock. Stat has shown his serious acting chops in THE BANK JOB and his remarkable athletic ability in just about every other film. But as I said, his filmwork divides…and SAFE brings his talent into balance; under-rated and (like THE MECHANIC) didn’t do “the business” in the U.S. No matter, because his movies make their money overseas and (for what it’s worth) he has gotten some decent notices from film critics.

    Having said all this, producers generally want “action” from this actor and Stat delivers every time. HUMMINGBIRD, given the writing credits of the director, might be another film that will give the actor’s talent the balance it requires as he grows more into the craft — and older. It’s certainly what he richly deserves. But the premise and theme of this flick recalls SAFE perhaps more than any other work he has done. I enjoyed that film, but I don’t care to see it again under a different title.

    The hope is that HUMMINGBIRD will pay off dramatically without disproportionately relying on the action (in other words, more like COLLATERAL) while moving his fan base toward where the actor needs to go in the years ahead.

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