Sylvester Stallone’s idea for Expendables was great but thankfully he didn’t leave it at 90s action stars. Jason Statham, current king of the B action movie, is Stallone’s co-star and wingman. Netflix has a fair selection of his on instant, even if most aren’t top notch.
Snatch (2000) – Rated R
“While transporting a pinched 84-karat sparkler to his stateside boss, a gangster stops off in London and inadvertently triggers a slew of fateful events that wends through the worlds of bookies, pawnshops, bare-knuckle boxing and swine.”
Snatch is less an action film than a caper film. Guy Ritchie directs a great cast here but the accents are thick just as in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Ritchie isn’t above making fun of this though as Brad Pitt steals the movie as a completely unintelligible character.
Ghosts of Mars (2001) – Rated R
“Two hundred years in the future, a squad of tough-as-nails cops led by Natasha Henstridge and Pam Grier are dispatched to a remote mining outpost on Mars to bring back a deadly criminal named Desolation Williams (Ice Cube). But they get more than they bargained for when they have to fight off an army of miners who’ve been possessed by an unspeakable, ancient evil in this sci-fi thriller directed by John Carpenter. Jason Statham co-stars.”
Statham is not a lead here and this movie is awfully flawed. It is over the top gruesome and filled with plotholes and has a lot of people who can’t act. I did like the idea of a matriarchal society and some of the movie but I definitely can’t recommend it.
The One (2001) – Not rated
“In director James Wong’s sci-fi actioner, Los Angeles police officer Gabriel Yulaw is pursued by a sinister doppelgänger — an escapee from an advanced parallel universe — who’s on a mission to kill the lawman.”
Jet Li is the lead here as you can tell from the picture.
Revolver (2005) – Rated R
“Determined to hustle the crime boss who killed his sister-in-law, gangster and ace gambler Jake deliberately humiliates the kingpin in a private game. But when the mobster calls for Jake’s head, a mysterious duo steps in to save his skin.”
Another caper film from Guy Ritchie, this one is apparently a love it or hate it film. Personally I thought it was a terrible misfire. Other people like that it visually portrays psychological aspects on the screen.
Blitz (2011) – Rated R
“With a serial killer on the loose in London, Detective Brant takes to the case while working out his own aggression with a police-appointed psychiatrist. But when he and his partner corner a suspect, they don’t have enough evidence to apprehend him.”
Blitz is just okay as most of Statham’s movie are these days.
Killer Elite (2011) – Rated R
“This globe-trotting thriller, based on a true story, follows Danny Bryce, a former British special ops tough guy forced to come out of retirement when his mentor is kidnapped by a ruthless criminal. Enraged, Danny has to dodge three top assassins.”
Another film that is just meh in spite of the presence of De Niro and Clive Owen.