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Hummingbird
Hummingbird“Good to see another great British
  thriller with a classy cast as a
  traumatised former special services
  soldier, who committed an act of
  violence in Afghanistan following an
  atrocity, seeks anonymity among
  the homeless of London and finds
  himself being victimised by a gang
  of brutal thugs in Hummingbird
..
.”

A YEAR AFTER COMMITTING AN ACT OF VIOLENCE in Afghanistan having seen his friends and fellow soldiers shot to death in an attack on his team, Joey Smith (the consistently convincing Jason Statham: The Transporter; Expendables) loses himself among the homeless on the streets of London while avoiding a court-martial.

He befriends the lovely, vulnerable Isabel (Victoria Bewick), with whom he shares a cardboard sleeping box and tries to keep her safe when a gang of hoodlums attack them, looking for drugs and whatever else they can find, and beating Joey as he gives Isabel the chance to escape.

“A brilliant and perfectly-
filmed British movie,
Hummingbird is an
exciting thriller with an
emotional journey
into the lives of troubled
characters,
evoking sympathy and
empathy
...”
With two broken ribs and badly cut and bruised, Joey — now calling himself Joey Jones — manages to painfully stumble away from the men but he is followed and crawls through an unlocked skylight.

The next morning he awakes to find himself safe in a luxury Covent Garden apartment; and as he discovers an unused credit card with a PIN number, keys to a Mercedes and a wardrobe full of designer clothes, Joey finds a new identity. The apartment owner, Damon (Danny Webb) is away for a few months and Joey sees an opportunity to get his life back.

Using his deadly military training, Joey begins working as an enforcer for a Mr Choy (Bendict Wong: Kick Ass 2) and becomes involved with the dirty dealing of London's criminal underground.

But Joey is a good man at heart. He wants to look after his former wife Dawn (Vicky McClure: Broadchurch) and his daughter and he offers his money to a good cause, via Sister Cristina (Agata Buzek), a nun from The Angel Of The Lord Mission who works in the soup kitchen preparing and serving food for the homeless. She helps him to find out what has happened to Isabel; but when he learns of Isabel's violent murder he is hell-bent on revenge.

Joey is like an avenging angel as he tracks down the men responsible for Isabel's death. He risks everything: his life, his freedom and his reputation as he learns of the depraved Max Forrester (Christian Brassington), who is ultimately responsible for the loss of Isabel.

Nothing will stand in his way and there is nothing he will not do for vengeance. Even his growing admiration for Cristina, whose dark secret has locked her into the convent, cannot stop him as he is like a man possessed…

A brilliant and perfectly-filmed British movie, Hummingbird is an exciting thriller with an emotional journey into the lives of troubled characters evoking sympathy and empathy. Jason Statham, Agata Buzek and the sadly little seen Victoria Bewick lead an excellent cast where the black hats are truly bad.

Hummingbird also features: Ger Ryan as Mother Superior; Youssef Kerkour as Bouzanis; Anthony Morris (Game Of Thrones) as Taxman; Sang Lui as Tony; Bruce Wang as Tim; David Bradley as Billy; Siobham Hewlett as Tracey; and Steven Beard as Karl.

Music is by Dario Marianelli; Cinematography by Chris Menges; Producers are: Guy Heeley and Paul Webster; and Written and Directed by Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things; Eastern Promises).

* Jason Statham stars as a vigilante hell-bent on revenge in the gritty action thriller Hummingbird, set on the streets of London and available courtesy of LionsGate on Blu-ray and DVD on 21 October 2013. Extras — DVD & Blu-ray: Making of Featurette.

"A brilliant and perfectly-filmed British movie, Hummingbird is an exciting thriller with an emotional journey into the lives of troubled characters evoking sympathy and empathy" — Maggie Woods

"Statham rocks in this powerhouse thriller!" — **** NUTS

"A brilliantly dark British thriller" — **** ZOO