Wild Card


Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics 27%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 29%
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 0


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Jason Statham as Nick Wild
Milo Ventimiglia as Danny DeMarco
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1.43 GB
23.976 fps
1hr 32 min
P/S 3 / 22
750.86 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 32 min
P/S 7 / 71

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Happy_Evil_Dude 7 / 10

Competent action thriller that wants to be a drama

Wild Card has been a passion project of Jason Statham's for several years, the actor having even secured Brian De Palma for the director's chair at one point. With De Palma stepping away, Statham enlisted the competent but much less exciting Simon West with whom he'd already collaborated on The Mechanic and The Expendables 2.

West was excited to work with legendary screenwriter William Goldman again after The General's Daughter and assembled an impressive supporting cast around Statham, the likes of Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche, Jason Alexander and many more. A vastly underrated actor, Statham easily holds his own among these and gives a fine performance as Nick Wild, first played in the 1986 original by Burt Reynolds.

That picture was a notoriously troubled production that left a sour taste in William Goldman's mouth, but he obviously thought highly of his screenplay, as story-wise, Wild Card plays almost exactly like the original, beat-by-beat. However, watching the on-screen proceedings it is hard to believe this is the same man responsible for such classics as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, The Princess Bride and so many others.

From its top notch cast to its look and pacing, Wild Card feels like it wants to a gritty drama, a moody character piece with bursts of action in the vein of Michael Mann's Collateral, a film with which it shares quite a few characteristics. Unfortunately it never quite reaches the heights of its ambitions, the film being unable to conjure up something special, unexpected, original enough to put it over the top.

That is not to say it doesn't deliver. Without saying much, the film draws you into this world easily and convincingly. The acting is very strong and the characters pretty appealing. The writing is sharp. Cinematographer Shelly Johnson gives the film a distinctive look and the editing is excellent. The score is composed by the ultra-talented Dario Marianelli. And then there's the action.

While there are only but a few of them, the action scenes, handled by Hong Kong legend and frequent Statham collaborator Cor(e)y Yuen, are incredible, exhilarating and eminently memorable. Even more to the film's credit, each one is very different, both through their visual and musical presentations.

All this makes for a perfectly serviceable film but one unfortunately stuck between two worlds. Which makes it quite a shame that Brian De Palma backed out of the project as his style would have no doubt elevated Wild Card to something pretty fascinating.

Reviewed by Finfrosk86 8 / 10

What's up with the low rating!? It's quite good! (pssst Corey Yuen is the action choreographer)

Hm, some times it is hard to understand why movies get such bad reviews and low ratings. OK, it is not that action filled, and the plot may not be the most original (what plot is anyway?), but I really enjoyed this movie.

Jason Statham makes one of his best performances here, I have to say. He doesn't reinvent the wheel or anything, but I really liked him. Another reviewer compared this movie to "The Equalizer", and it does share some similarities. I liked this one better, tho.

This is a Statham flick, so we are expecting some action, right? Well, the action scenes are few, and rather far apart, but when they come, they hit you like a ton of Statham-fists right in your face! Damn! And no wonder, the incredible Corey Yuen is the friggin' action choreographer! Corey Yuen, co-director of The Transporter, director of several Jet Li-movies, also fighting choreographer on (among about a billion other movies) my favorite fighting movie ever: Kiss of the Dragon. Great to see him back working with Statham, the fight-scenes are really just very, very cool.. Brutal, hard hitting. Just awesome. I had to re-watch the longest one like, three times immediately after the credits rolled.

Go into this expecting an easily digestible thriller/drama with a couple, two, three great action/fight sequences and you are golden!

Reviewed by saiham_kayes 4 / 10

it's still not enough to hide the fact that "Wild Card" doesn't even have enough chips to play at the lowest stakes table.

Jason Statham movies come with certain, modest expectations. "Wild Card," in which Jason Statham plays a character named Nick Wild, only adds to those expectations. And so, it's a bit baffling that this second attempt (the first is a mostly forgotten 1986 Burt Reynolds vehicle) at bringing William Goldman's novel "Heat" to the big screen — adapted by the legendary screenwriter himself — seems uncertain what to do with the star, or the material. Trying to find a middle ground between an action packed Statham vehicle, a '70s style mood piece, and a '90s era character-actor packed crime tale, "Wild Card" is not surprisingly an unsuccessful marriage of those ill-fitting genres that strains to fill the already meagre, barely ninety minute run time with anything of substance.

"...do not waste the audience's time. Bring the Inciting Incident into the story as soon as possible," screen writing guru Robert McKee told Storylink in 2009, and he would certainly disapprove of how long things take to get rolling in "Wild Card." After a mostly unnecessary opening sequence which serves little purpose except to show off Sofia Vergara in a very form fitting sweater, the film unhurriedly establishes that Nick Wild is one of those Las Vegas guys who drifted into town and never left, knows everybody, but is going nowhere. He works as a security consultant for lawyer Pinky Zion (Jason Alexander), and while he has some casual acquaintances — the closest being diner waitress Roxy (Anne Heche) — he mostly keeps everyone at a distance, and harbors idle drams of leaving Nevada and sailing in Corsica. But two people enter his life and shake things. The first is Cyrus (Michael Angarano), a quiet, verbose, and wealthy young man who hires Nick to show him around town and double as his bodyguard. The other is Nick's friend, Holly (Dominik Garcia-Lorido), who has a far more important request — find the men who raped and beat her, "soften them up," and then lead her to them so she can exact revenge.

As the nifty "The Bank Job" proved, Statham is capable of working in a much more dialed-down mode when required, but he's not an actor who can elevate material. It needs to be there on the page first, and it's just not there in Goldman's script. What's more frustrating is to see the array of talent (which also includes Stanley Tucci, Hope Davis, and Max Casella), most of whom show up for one or two scenes and exit the movie, so thoroughly wasted, particularly when the characters are this promising. "Wild Card," mostly taking place in second-rate casinos and in establishments far off the main strip of Las Vegas, creates a great world for this film, but forgets to deliver a story worth telling, or even attempts to give any meaning or weight to certain creative decisions, like setting the film around Christmas, another tired genre trope trotted out for no significant purpose. Should someone even dare a third attempt with this material, I'd advise taking it to television, ditching Goldman's script, keeping the characters, and turn it into an old-school flavored weekly procedural, with Nick tackling a fresh assignment each week. "Wild Card" certainly didn't need to reinvent the wheel, but the film doesn't even bring a full deck of cards to play with.

Even if the content of "Wild Card" leaves much to be desired, visually the film is at least a bit more inspired. Cinematographer Shelly Johnson ("Captain America: The First Avenger," "The Expendables 2") avoids the usually glossy depictions of Las Vegas, and opts for a look that captures the grimier feeling of the off-the-beaten-path corners of the hedonist mecca, with the daytime exteriors sun baked and desaturated, and the interiors feeling palpably like the kind of places that are cleaned once a week instead once a day. But it's still not enough to hide the fact that "Wild Card" doesn't even have enough chips to play at the lowest stakes table.

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