"Eastern Promises" writer Steven Knight steps behind the camera for "Hummingbird," a film that put me in mind of an arthouse take on the reliable Jason Statham vehicle, as well as the offbeat work Jean-Claude Van Damme did with Hong Kong director Ringo Lam in the late 90's. At times Knight's reach exceeds his grasp, but I can appreciate he has more on his mind than Statham breaking bones (though that's here too).
jason statham is pretty great in this. well written and directed too. puzzles me why this didn't get a theatrical release. it's head and shoulders above most of his other stuff that came out in recent years.
It's difficult to fault "Hummingbird" for being scattered and occasionally clichéd when it's so passionately mounted. Action films this sensitive are a few, and performances as charismatic, nuanced and transformative as Statham's here are even fewer.
I tend to enjoy most of Statham's films (even though he pretty much plays the same character over and over) but this one just left me a bit confused. It just lacks confident direction, I think. It's not fun, mindless action and it's not a drama about a veteran... it just doesn't know what it wants to be so it leaves you wanting more on both aspects.
It's not Jason Statham; it is Steven Knight who screwes up here. There are good & interesting ideas, but it’s Knight’s script that fails to tie them together. This is a strange mix of social drama & action. It simply doesn't fit together. 2,5 stars.