Actor Jason Statham was born to be an action movie star.
Just look at that bullet-shaped dome of his. It’s practically a weapon unto itself. But is anyone getting tired of seeing him breaking bones with alacrity?
Film critics put Statham leagues ahead of fellow action stars like Steven Seagal and Arnold Schwarzenegger. And rightfully so. Statham can act, and on the rare occasions he’s asked to dramatically carry a scene, as he does in “The Bank Job,” he acquits himself beautifully.
So … why not tackle a character study or simply an action film that doesn’t arrive with the adjective “formulaic” attached to it?
Perhaps “Killer Elite,” Statham’s latest knuckle buster, will push him out of his cinematic comfort zone. He plays a retired assassin drawn back into the business to rescue an old pal (Robert De Niro).The film comes on the heels of the underwhelming remake of Charles Bronson’s “The Mechanic,” another film which failed to fully explore Statham’s range.
There’s something to be said about knowing your strengths and sticking to them. Statham appears to do just that in “Elite,” which opens Sept. 23.
Where do you stand on Statham? Should he try to broaden his film roles or stick to what made him a star?
(Photo: Jason Statham stars in the action thriller “Killer Elite,” opening nationwide September 23rd. Photo credit Dan Smith/Open Road Films.