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Tough, stylish and grim thriller
Reviewed in Canada on September 13, 2021
Guy Ritchie is best known for his violent and very funny work among London gangsters, usually involving scrambled chronologies and Jason Statham in his more genial, less deadly roles. So this is a definite departure. The chronology's still scrambled, but the setting is LA and Statham is as ice cold and amoral as he's ever been. He plays H, who signs up at an armored car service shortly after a bloody robbery leaves a couple of their guards dead. It soon becomes apparent he's not just some joe looking for a joe job. He's a killing machine, but whose? And why is he working as an armored car guard? Fed Andy Garcia knows but he's not telling us. The dialogue is strangely mannered, the pace is fast, the cast (including Josh Hartnett, Jeffrey Donovan, Eddie Marsan and Scott Eastwood -- who's surprisingly good as a vaguely Keitel-ish psychopath) are all solid. Extended flashbacks tell us why he's there, other flashbacks tell us who he's after. It's not the best work of anyone involved, but it's still far from bad. The whole plot is ridiculous but if you buckle up, it's a grimly fun ride.