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Director: Simon West
Running Time: 92 minutes
It’s been a while since we’ve seen William Goldman‘s name on a script. The now-legendary writer brought us Marathon Man and All The President’s Men, before going on to write industry bible Adventures In The Screen Trade and fantasy classic The Princess Bride. Now he’s back with Wild Card, an adaptation of his novel Heat. It’s an Elmore Leonard-style tapestry of world weary characters seeking vengeance or enlightenment in the neon jungle of Las Vegas. You could easily see an actor-director combo like Clint Eastwood and Don Siegel taking on the material – though of course the book was published in the Eighties, »
- Steve Palace
The explosive new action thriller Wild Card is coming to Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, March 31. To celebrate, we have a new featurette excerpt from the special features which takes a closer look at the story of Wild Card. The film follows a bodyguard (Jason Statham) who goes after the sadistic thug who beat-up his friend, only to find that the object of his wrath is the son of a powerful mob boss.
Wild Card producer Steve Chasman is on hand to provide more insight into the scripting process. He is joined by star Jason Statham, who sits down on the set of the film to provide an "insider's prospective" on his character, Nick Wild. Get closer to Nick as the two discuss the complexities that make up this character and the demons he battles both inside and outside in Sin City.
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Stars: Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Dominik García-Lorido, Milo Ventimiglia, Stanley Tucci, Max Casella, Jason Alexander, Sofía Vergara, Anne Heche, Matthew Willig | Written by William Goldman | Directed by Simon West
Nick Wild (Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes…and this time, it’s all or nothing.
How the mighty have fallen… You’d never guess watching Wild Card that it came from the pen of Academy Award-winning writer William Goldman. Yes, the highly-regarded novelist-turned-screenwriter who was responsible for the screenplays for films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, »
- Phil Wheat
Wild Card Lionsgate Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C+ Director: Simon West Screenwriter: William Goldman from the novel “Heat” by William Goldman Cast: Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Milo Ventimiglia, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Anne Heche, Sofia Vergara Screened at: Dolby24, NYC, 1/20/15 Opens: January 30, 2015 If this is the best script that William Goldman can scratch out from his novel “Heat,” either he is wrongfully reinterpreting his own work or at the age of eighty-three he is slipping. After all, Goldman, who has churned out Academy-award winning scripts, responsible for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “All The President’s Men,” “Marathon Man” (which made us [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Jason Statham is one of the most magnetic action stars of his generation, although you wouldn’t know it from the middling to mediocre line-up of moderate-budgeted releases he has headlined over the last decade. The actor’s steely cool and casual intensity is often the best part of fleeting, forgettable genre films. However, if given a meatier character or some prime dialogue to chew on, Statham shows a drive, confidence and vulnerability that his other vehicles only hint at.
It turns out that Statham needed a refreshingly low-key slice of old-school noir from veteran screenwriter William Goldman, of All the President’s Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid fame. Wild Card is certainly not a classic near the pantheon of those films, but it is above average for a high voltage flick with Statham’s name above the marquee. Goldman adapted the lurid thriller from his novel, »
- Jordan Adler
Given the cult status of The Mechanic, it’s no wonder that it has only taken four years for director Simon West to reunite with his no-nonsense star Jason Statham for another bout of high-octane action. Only this time around, the filmmaker is shifting the action to Sin City for Wild Card, which will see the Stath step into the shoes of an ex-marine with an uncontrollable penchant for gambling.
With a script from William Goldman — creative mind behind Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride – there’s certainly an air of promise with the pair’s latest outing. Centering around Nick Wild (Statham), Wild Card will see our protagonist get in deep with the sharks when he steps up to protect a friend, only to find that he has gotten on the wrong side of some of the most ruthless mob bosses in town.
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- Michael Briers
To pinpoint the appeal of British B-movie bruiser Jason Statham, one need look no further than the place where the ball of Statham’s foot, the crown of his head, or the bend of his elbow makes sudden, bone-shattering contact with some lesser specimen of the human gene pool. Such collisions, alas, are too few and far between in “Wild Card,” a serviceable Vegas neo-noir that carries an unusually tony pedigree for a Statham vehicle (in the form of Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman), but lacks the amped-up Looney Tunes mayhem of the “Transporter” and “Crank” franchises. Lionsgate is wisely betting low on this Jan. 30 release, with a limited theatrical run and a more aggressive VOD push.
“Wild Card” represents the second attempt by Goldman (“All the President’s Men,” “The Princess Bride”) and producer Cassian Elwes to fashion a movie from the writer’s 1985 paperback potboiler, “Heat,” about the various entanglements of one Nick Escalante, »
- Scott Foundas
7 items from 2015
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