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November 5, 2012

10 of the Best: Jason Statham Movies

Jason Statham is arguably THE action star these days; aside from JCVD, Arnie and Sly, Statham is one of the few who still kicks plenty of ass and has starred in his fair share of awesome action flicks.

One of the best things about Statham is his ability to keep the one-liner alive; while a lot of modern action movies are po-faced, he’ll kick some ass and then utter a quip. He is surprisingly good at comedy too, which he doesn’t get enough credit for.

Anyway, here are my top 10 Jason Statham movies, what are yours?

1. Snatch (2000) – A darkly hilarious gangster film, Snatch has me in tears of laughter with every watch. It has so many quotable lines and Statham is arguably at career best with such lines as “what do you two want? Run out of pants to sniff?” Quality.

2. Safe (2012) – My favourite of The Stath’s action movies, an adrenaline rush of action awesomeness. It has a kind of slow burn first 20 minutes and then kicks off into insanity right up until the end credits. It has a HUGE bodycount and deserved to be a much bigger box office success.

3. The Expendables (2010)/Expendables 2 (2012) – Yeah I’m cheating and putting both on, sue me. You can’t call yourself an action fan and not enjoy these movies. Statham is arguably the highlight of the first movie with his basketball beatdown scene.

4. Crank (2006)/Crank: High Voltage (2009) – Both are just as awesome; Crazy action, original concept and also funny. They won’t be for everyone but I’m a pretty sick guy and had a blast with them.

5. Death Race (2008) – Kind of underrated this one, arguably the sequel is better but I think this movie owns with great action scenes and an awesome score. Statham is totally bad ass in it and it’s a much better movie than people give it credit for.

6. The Transporter Trilogy (2002, 2005 & 2008) – Yep I’m cheating again, all 3 are great fun and beautifully shot. They are important because they kept old-school action alive when no one else was. The first movie gave us “Jason Statham: Action Hero” which nobody saw coming and he’s been busting heads ever since.

7. Blitz (2011) – A Dirty Harry style film that’s really under appreciated but I love Statham’s politically incorrect character. It has an excellent script and doesn’t skimp on violence either.

8. The Bank Job (2008) – Great performances and tension, based on a true story as well. A lot of people consider this Statham’s best movie and it’s easy to see why. The cast are excellent and the fact that’s it’s meant to be true really adds to the tension.

9. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) – Like Snatch, it’s very funny and was Statham’s first acting role. I hope he does more comedy in the future.

10. Hummingird (2013) – Statham gives a fabulous performance as a man on the run from a military court martial and rather than being an invincible bad ass, we actually get to see him cry and show genuine acting talent. He also beats people up though just for good measure.

Honourable mentions: Cellular, Parker, The Mechanic and War.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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