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Top 10 Jason Statham Movies You Really Have To Watch!

Top 10 Jason Statham Movies You Really Have To Watch!

Jason Statham is an actor from the United Kingdom. He is renowned for his action-thriller roles for playing rough, irredeemable, and machiavellian characters, and he is typecast as the antihero. He started practicing Chinese martial arts, kickboxing, and karate recreationally in his teens while working at local market booths in Shirebrook, Derbyshire.

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Last updated: Oct 13, 2021 | Oct 12, 2021

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Jason Statham is an actor from the United Kingdom. He is renowned for his action-thriller roles for playing rough, irredeemable, and machiavellian characters, and he is typecast as the antihero. He started practicing Chinese martial arts, kickboxing, and karate recreationally in his teens while working at local market booths in Shirebrook, Derbyshire.

He was a member of the British national diving squad and competed for England at the 1990 Commonwealth Games as a diver. He was soon approached to model for French Connection, Tommy Hilfiger, and Levi's in different commercial campaigns. Statham was cast in Guy Ritchie's crime flicks Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2001) because of his previous professional experience working in market stalls (2000).

Due to the financial success of these films, he was cast in the Transporter trilogy (2002–08) as Frank Martin. He established himself as a Hollywood leading man after appearing in several heists and action thriller films, including The Italian Job (2003), Crank (2006), War (2007), The Bank Job (2008), The Mechanic (2011), Spy (2015), and Mechanic: Resurrection (2016). However, he has also appeared in films such as Revolver (2005), Chaos (2005), In the Name of the King (2007) by Uwe Boll, 13 (2010), Blitz (2011), Killer Elite (2011), Hummingbird (2013), and Wild Card (2013), all of which were financially and critically unsuccessful (2015).

He went on to star in the ensemble action series The Expendables (2010–14) and the Fast & Furious franchise, which brought him even more financial success. In the latter, he has appeared as Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Furious 7 (2015), The Fate of the Furious (2017), and Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw (2019), as well as serving as a co-producer.

His acting career has been criticized for its lack of depth and diversity, but he has also been lauded for spearheading action cinema revivals in the 2000s and 2010s. According to a BBC News investigation, his film career earned the estimated US $1.55 billion (£1.15 billion) in ticket sales from 2002 to 2017, making him one of the most bankable performers in the business.

 Transporter trilogy (2002–08) as Frank Martin. He established himself as a Hollywood leading man after appearing in several heists and action thriller films, including The Italian Job (2003), Crank (2006), War (2007), The Bank Job (2008), The Mechanic (2011), Spy (2015), and Mechanic: Resurrection (2016). However, he has also appeared in films such as Revolver (2005), Chaos (2005), In the Name of the King (2007) by Uwe Boll, 13 (2010), Blitz (2011), Killer Elite (2011), Hummingbird (2013), and Wild Card (2013), all of which were financially and critically unsuccessful (2015).

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

It was obvious when Statham joined the Fast & Furious series that he was too great a celebrity to be let go after only one film. As a result, in the eighth installment of the series, viewers saw Statham's Deckard Shaw join up with the good guys. Given Shaw's murder of Han, this is a difficult pill to take, but everyone seems to be willing to forgive and forget.

While the films' implausibility was beginning to wear thin, Statham stood out. His action scene is one of the finest in the movie, and his chemistry with Dwayne Johnson was good enough to earn their spin-off, which came out not long after.

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The Italian Job (2003)

Before you start reading me the riot act about remakes, let me first say that I agree, for the most part, that Hollywood should cease repeating great content. More significantly, it should stop referring to original films by their titles, when a little change would have prevented us from all shouting on the internet.

The Karate Kid remake didn't even include karate, but kung fu, as has been mentioned many times on Geek, but the everlasting wisdom of the Tinseltown executives must have insisted on retaining the same brand name, causing someone like me to avoid it out of a fondness for the original. The Italian Job met the same fate, with some of my friends still refusing to see it out of principle. But, if you can get beyond the animosity, you'll find a great criminal heist film.

As in so many of Mr. S's other films, he's part of a fantastic ensemble cast that helps to elevate the material, in this instance mainly Seth Green, Charlize Theron, and Edward Norton, plus Stath's character's name is beautiful Rob, and there's no disputing it. The movie won't blow you away in any manner, but it'll keep you entertained and has some excellent set-pieces. I also like a dinner scene with Charlize Theron and Edward Norton, but I won't reveal any details.

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

For the series' first spinoff film, Statham and co-star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson break away from the main protagonists of the Fast & Furious franchise, developing the onscreen chemistry that they'd shown in the previous two Fast films and opening up a whole new set of possibilities for future films.

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Wrath Of Man (2021)

The collaborations between Statham and writer and director Guy Ritchie have been one of the most important professional relationships of his career so far, if not the most, and Wrath of Man represented their return to form after a long break after the release of the film Revolver in 2005.

Statham infiltrates an armored vehicle business to hunt down a gang of thieves who mistreated him in this violent vengeance film, which relies much more heavily on Statham's established position as a contemporary action hero than their prior films. The plot is based on a French film called Cash Truck, but it is more open-ended, and it may become another blockbuster franchise for both the actor and the filmmaker in the future.

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Crank: High Voltage (2009)

Our wacky sequel sees Statham's relentless hitman, Chev Chelios, be implanted with a mechanical heart that requires regular recharging through enormous jolts of electricity, but it was not as well-received as its predecessor, which is lower down on this list.

The film's comic sensibility revealed a less serious side of Statham within an action setting, serving as an intriguing stepping stone into the next part of his career while also allowing for some memorable moments.

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Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)

The question for Statham is if he's been contacted about playing more kid-friendly parts regularly. After all, although Stallone and Schwarzenegger had managed to straddle the line between bloody action and caring for children with varying degrees of success, their blueprint appeared to have become a mandatory rite of passage for their muscular successors. With The Tooth Fairy and The Pacifier, Dwayne ‘The Rock' Johnson and Vin Diesel both slipped into family entertainment, but thankfully, they both returned to more mature material and now share the success of the Fast & Furious series.

Hopefully, the world will never see a movie poster with Statham carrying an upside-down child/nappy (see: diaper) or other "comical" weapon replacement, but it's good to have at least one film on this list that may be shown to kids as a Statham introduction (especially if you now find yourself as a new parent with more than a passing interest in his work).

He gets to portray the antagonist of the story and even has an animated scene with a lawnmower race. Watching Stath speak to his tiny deer companion, dubbed by Ozzy Osbourne, is even more strange than listening to him voice a garden gnome. It's a lovely, smart little film that's a great way to indoctrinate kids into the Statham church, since his shouty, uncredited appearance in The Pink Panther barely counts-even if he did get to kiss Beyoncé.

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Death Race (2008)

This sci-fi action film stars Statham as a former NASCAR driver who is unjustly imprisoned for murder and forced to participate in a brutal blood sport with prisoners driving armored cars with weapons attached. It is a remake of the famous Roger Corman B film Death Race 2000 from the 1970s.

Death Race, like several other films by writer and director Paul W.S. Anderson, may not have been a critical success, but it left an indelible impact on moviegoers, spawning three sequels. It's a more uncommon high-concept success in Statham's career so far, thanks to a strong supporting cast and a tongue-in-cheek approach that results in some memorable goofy dialogue

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London (2005)

Hunter Richards seems to have directed just one picture, and information about it is scarce. It came out a year after Jason Statham, Jessica Biel, and Chris Evans starred together in Cellular (see below), so I'm guessing the pairing was not by chance. The bulk of London's 90-minute duration takes place in a toilet during a house party, making it seem more like a play than a film.

It has a tone that is reminiscent of Bret Easton Ellis' writing, with all of the characters showing their terrible character faults, being largely unsympathetic, wealthy, and doing drugs, so it won't appeal to many people. Statham's character is named Bateman, even though Biel starred in a film version of another of Ellis' novels, The Rules Of Attraction.

Evans and Statham drive the majority of the movie and do so in style, but it's the latter who proves the most entertaining, relishing the opportunity to show a rare display of emotion (just ignore his awful hairstyle) while spitting out the c-word with such panache that the dialogue feels improvised at times. I'd recommend it if you want to see Statham go against type (for the most part); just be prepared for a lot of meandering, boozed-up conversation, which contributes to the realism but doesn't always keep your attention.

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The Mechanic (2011)

When The Mechanic was published, we were ecstatic to see Simon West directing big-screen action again, since Con Air is a favorite of ours. We didn't realize it at the time, but it seemed to be a welcome homecoming for Sylvester Stallone, who subsequently entrusted West with directing responsibilities for The Expendables 2.

West has always had a knack for action films, and his work in The Mechanic is a great example of how to make a lean, brutal film – he's also reuniting with Statham for the third time in the upcoming Heat remake, which has been renamed Wild Card and features a stellar cast that includes Stanley Tucci, Sofia Vergara, and Milo Ventimiglia.

Fighting scenes, shootouts, vehicle chases, and other forms of mayhem and carnage takes up about half of The Mechanic's quick 90-minute run time after all, why should someone be stabbed in the face a second time when they can be tossed through a window and in front of an oncoming automobile? The Mechanic also earns kudos for using its limited budget to showcase genuine stunts while avoiding CGI, which is the fault of many action films attempting to be nasty and brutal.

Despite The Mechanic's teachings on how to be a superb assassin given throughout the film, there is one life lesson that can gladly be transferred to daily life and that countless evil people never heed: don't fuck with Jason Statham.

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Crank: High Voltage (2009)

Because it's so outrageous, its primary strength also proved to be its undoing for others. The picture nearly demanded too much of its viewers, as it pushed the boundaries of taste more than any other popular film I can recall, resulting in either adoration or revulsion.

Organs and limbs are cut and crushed with stomach-turning ferocity, as Chelios and his posse of thugs tint the air brilliant blue. If you thought Crank had terrible language, High Voltage is likely to top it in terms of curse words to conversation ratio, with Statham spewing out the c-word more times than I've ever heard. Looking back, it's remarkable that I didn't attempt to give it five stars in a movie review.

I can imagine few performers who would commit themselves so completely (no pun intended) into such a crazy film, convincing us that he could really attach himself to a vehicle battery through jump leads to his tongue and nipple and then run for a couple of kilometers without blinking. What did the heck happen in the third one?

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Iram Martins | Personal trainer. Aspiring sommelier. Brunch critic who works part-time. When I'm not competing, you'll find me at dog beaches with my black lab or sipping drinks at the best bars in town. I like to fly a lot.

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