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Statham at his best as an ass-kicker with Ben Foster as his spiky sidekick

Jason Statham stretches himself to another ruthless loner gun-for-hire in this headbutt of a thriller.

So far, so Transporter, but things get complicated when one of Stath’s killings leads him to feel remorse and also saddles him with a sidekick, in the shape of Ben Foster’s vicious, unruly youngster.

The spiky teacher/student double-act has its moments, though all it really does is siphon screentime from the film’s real draw – Statham grunting and nose-breaking his way through waves of willing stuntmen. Which, right now, nobody does better.
 

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