Starring Statham in "Cash Truck":
Hellish one-man vengeance campaign
Photo: Christopher Raphael / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. / Studiocanal GmbH
His face is characterized by a monumental calm.
Lips pressed together, frown lines on his forehead as if furrowed in cement, his eyes fixed on the opposite with maximum indifference, this is how the newcomer struts among the money transport guards of Los Angeles through the ranks of his uniformed colleagues.
The newcomer does not reveal anything other than the initial letter H from his name Patrick Hill. The hero of the film »Cash Truck« is generally not available for kindness or even sentimentality. When he shares a bed with a woman from the security force out of sheer politeness, he jumps up immediately after sex and rummages through her cash reserves.
The actor Jason Statham, born in 1967, is a bit famous for the fact that he has never wasted unnecessary energy on his facial expressions.
The former British diver was already 31 years old when his film career began in Guy Ritchie's crime comedy "Bube Dame König Gras" in 1998.
With the French "Transporter" action series he increased his coolness fame and over the past two decades he has appeared in a great many films in which cars, aircraft, skyscrapers, subway bridges and people were harmed.
Every body is potentially »a piece of dynamite«, is one of the messages to the fans.
And once he confessed: “I've looked around among my colleagues.
I don't think there's a big trick in acting. "
In the film "Cash Truck" Jason Statham now plays a classic mouth-lazy hero. Hard to the bone, the beautiful stubborn skull neatly polished, every visible and invisible muscle strained to the utmost.
You see him with a colleague in a money transport cart through the harbor landscape of the Californian city, march through the bunker-like interior of a large security company and very soon also destroy a team of opposing gangsters. With all this, Statham's character takes her terrifyingly sinister stoicism so far that even the hardest-hearted cinema viewers are beaten up at some point and really want to know what the cause of the murderous thunderclap in the heart of the hero may be. The "Cash Truck" director and loyal Statham companion Guy Ritchie, fortunately, soon has an understanding and reveals: The man they call H is on a hellish one-man vengeance campaign - looking for traitors in the ranks the security staff.
In the USA there were indeed critics who accused the director and his film of a lack of psychologically precise human drawing, and some brokers did not find the plot too original either. There is, of course, a big misunderstanding behind this: The art of the variety of the action genre that Ritchie and Statham helped to establish more than two decades ago consists in the particularly drastic, comic-like exaggeration of good and evil - and in the redemption of the deadly blunt action riot by one not always tasteful humor.
The desire of the director and his main actor in grim grimaces, crazy shooting and ludicrous car chases can be seen at any time in “Cash Truck”. It is a rugged man's world, only sometimes contaminated by anti-gay slogans, in which this film plays with supporting actors such as Josh Hartnett and Scott Eastwood, who are not adequately challenged. Similar to the adventures of the "Fast & Furious" series, in the seventh episode of which Jason Statham made a villain appearance, spectacular tracking shots and stunts are almost everything here. More precise contexts of this gangster story, probably as a loose remake based on a French model, are lost in the sound of automatic weapons and grenade smoke.
The actor Statham once claimed that he is convinced that any kind of physical exertion releases happiness hormones. In the case of “Cash Truck”, Statham enthusiasts can even experience this just by watching in the cinema seat.