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10 Best Jason Statham Movies You Must See

August 10, 2017
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He is not loved by the critics. Most of what he does is almost the same, all the time. Watching his movie is like going to work everyday, we know what’s in the store for us. But Jason Statham’s stardom underlines the fact that there are many who watch movies just for entertainment. Whether he jumps of a building, or he beats up a dozen armed men, you know he’ll succeed. But we watch it anyway. Here are 10 such movies where, (Spoiler alert) Jason wins. But what makes these movies worth a watch is the same formula that makes MCU and DCEU click. The super hero is going to win, but the way he wins matters. Here is the list of top Jason Statham movies selected from his vast filmography that prove he is an action superstar. If you are lucky, you can find some of these best Jason Statham movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

10. Revolver (2005)

Brutally panned by critics, ‘Revolver’ is not as bad as its reputation might lead you to believe. That’s also why the film has gained a cult following since its release. Yes, Guy Ritchie does saturate the film with his non linear narrative to a point where it is reduced to a confusing rhetoric, but still there’s a lot to enjoy here.

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9. The Mechanic (2011)

‘The Mechanic’  has a huge amount of wicked viciousness and extraordinary action sequences, a number of which are mind-boggling. All things considered, Jason Statham is the English rendition of Chuck. Statham has been in many action flicks in last couple of years, a considerable lot of which stink. If you happen to like action, then his movies are for you. The Mechanic isn’t vastly different, in spite of the fact that it is a decent, respectable film.

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8. Safe (2012)

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As mentioned before, the primary reason you watch a Statham film is for the action, and this specific one appears to have it simply flying up all over, essentially in the state of ridiculous quick paced, hard punching battle scenes where our lead mysteriously beats numerous awful folks at the same time to a mash, and also summarily executing some others. In the middle of all the fight sequences lies somewhere a story;  but you would hardly care. Jason Statham, as always, fully commits himself to the film and comes out unscathed. If you happen to like Statham’s adrenaline pumping action, you will love this one. And those who scrutinize him for his lack of acting talent might be in for little to no surprise.

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7. Crank (2006)

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‘Crank’ has fairly-tale comic book feel to it — there are split screens, uproarious in your face music, macho acting, tilted camera angles — all of which give a cool feel to the film. The action scenes are sufficiently enjoyable yet perhaps could have been something more. There are many jump cuts, and a few car pursuits yet nothing that you haven’t seen in films. Though, the climax is really crazy that Statham fans will certainly enjoy. There’s a lot of savagery here and some gut including moments, some violent gunfire wounds including somebody getting their fingers shot off and somebody’s hand stalls out in a sewing machine and gets cut up. Phew!

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6. The Bank Job (2008)

‘The Bank Job’ is far from Jason Statham’s typical movies — not that I mind them. It is an unexpectedly pleasant movie in which we see him “act”. Based on the 1971 Baker Street robbery in central London, from which the money and valuables stolen were never recovered, the film received glowing reviews from the critics. My lone complaint about The Bank Job is its running time, which is longer than required. However all in all the film is unquestionably worth a watch.

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5. Homefront (2013)

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Jason Statham gives a solid performance in ‘Home Front’. We typically assume that he always plays this intense no-nonsense person. But here, he also plays a sensitive father tending to his little daughter. The film revolves around Phil Broker, a former DEA agent, who has gone through a crisis after his actions against a biker gang went horribly wrong and it cost the life of his bosses son. He is recently widowed and is left with a 9 year old daughter, Maddy. He decides to quit the turbulent and demanding life of thrill for Maddy’s sake and retires to a small town. His daughter fights off a boy who is bullying her at school, and this sets in motion a round of events that end in his direct confrontation with the local Meth drug lord. His past history with the biker gang also enters the arena, making matters more complex. The story is straightforward and provides an adequate platform for Jason Statham his action and acting skills.

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4. The Transporter (2002)

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An out an out action film that truly established Jason Statham as the major Hollywood action star.  The Transporter revolves around Frank, a highly skilled driver, who is hired to “transport” packages for unknown clients and has made a very good living doing so. But when asked to move a package that begins moving, complications arise and he finds himself in the middle of a complicated mess. The Transporter was the first English-language feature for Hong Kong-based director Corey Yuen, who along with directing a number of HK action flicks designed fight choreography for several American films. With The Transporter, he truly succeeds in delivering a film that has the same texture and feel of Hong Kong action films.

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3. The Italian Job (2003)

In this heist drama, despite several big names in the cast, it is no surprise that Statham stands out. Asas “Handsome Rob”, the team’s wheelman and a ladies’ man, Statham completely owns the screen. Playing a confident, playful character, Statham manages to raise the “cool”. He pulls off his stunts convincingly (no surprise there), and attracts our attention with a perfect blend of destructive and deft. Go, Statham!

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2. Snatch (2000)

The true signatory of Guy Ritchie’s cinematic distinction, this film covers the ring and sporadically welts out knockout punches. Complimenting the unusual narrative style linking chance and causality are the ensemble cast of Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Vinnie Jones and blatant crunch of sadistic criminality. Despite the presence of someone like Brad Pitt, Statham makes his mark as a truly unique performer.

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1. The Lock, The Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

You can watch an astronomical amount of films — the good, the great and the classics — yet it is difficult to classify Guy Ritchie’s storytelling style. ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ was the novelty that introduced us to a style of cinema deriving distinction from the notion of how an ordinary tale can be turned into a powerful tool of entertainment by complicating the narrative to a point that induces absolute astonishment. Frankly, a prosaic description is just reductive in the sense it cannot truly encompass the essence of the film, though it is enough to make a person who hasn’t watched it give that little nudge it takes to commit to the film. To those who already have, well, you know what I’m talking about. And there is no question about the fact that this is Jason Statham’s best movie.

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