Wild Card
Director Simon West
Language English
Opens Jan. 31

Moviemakers love Jason Statham. How else to describe the fact that he’s consistently played the same type of guy in the same type of situations for two decades, without ever being required to change a thing. Other action stars branch out into romantic comedies, relationship sagas, period dramas; Statham remains the same skin-headed thug with abs like a washboard and defiant sexual charisma oozing from every pore. He doesn’t know how to treat women or bother to find out; in fact, he’s never been kind to humanity in general. Yet he thrives as the undisputed king of action hooligans.

If you like him you will have no trouble sitting though “Wild Card,” which is more of the same, but with a different setting (Las Vegas) and different girls (Sofia Vergara and Dominik Garcia-Lorido).

Statham’s role this time is Vegas “security expert” Nick Wild, who’s addicted to violence and gambling. He’s got a score to settle involving a beaten-up call girl and a particularly nasty mafia type named Danny DeMarco (Milo Ventimiglia), and will not let the matter rest until a lot of people are dead. So nothing happens that’s not supposed to, and the whole thing as reliable and poisonously comforting as a Snickers bar.

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