WILD CARD (2015)
A film by Simon West
Cast: Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Dominik García-Lorido
based on the 1985 novel Heat by William Goldman. It is a remake of the 1986 adaptation, also titled Heat, that starred Burt Reynolds. I thought so when I saw the trailer of it. So I said to myself I am going to give this one a try. Okay much better film this time finally a remake that works. The story goes as follows. Nick Wild (Jason Staham)is a security consultant, he does a little bit of every thing. One day a phone call comes in and goes to the address. It is is friend Holly (Dominik Garcia-Laredo) who he found in bad shape, she has been beating up. She wants Nick to find the guy who did that to him so she can sue him. Prior to that Nick meets this 23 years old kid who wants his help.
Good choice to put Statham in this picture. More dialogue in this one than the remake of the mechanic. Here is a man who stays in Vegas so he can gamble, after all he is a compulsive gambler. He struggle with it avery day. When client gives him a bonus, he refuses to take it to fear he is going to gamble it away. The thing is in this film everybody lies, hey welcome to Las Vegas. Nicks tries to find out who the guy is through a house cleaning woman who works at the Golden Nugget Casino/Hotel. What he found out is to leave it along. So he lies to his friend and said he has not found anything to top it all of he finds out that Holy lied too she does not want to sue him but want his balls in her hand. You’ll know why when you see the film. The story goes from there at a slow grippy pace and it works. Great fight scene in this film, especially at the hand. It is a slick thriller for my taste a little too much slow motion scenes but I still love this film a refreshing look at the remake. They change a thing in it which di not surprise me.