is a 2012 action film starring Jason Statham
and Catherine Chan.
Luke Wright (Statham) is a garbageman and cage fighter who's a little too good at his job; one night, he's put up against a kid with no fight experience and knocks the kid into a coma with one punch. This loses a lot of people a lot of money, including the Russian mob, who kill his wife and put him on the street as a homeless man.
Mei (Chan) is a math prodigy in Shanghai who comes to the attention of the Triads. Instead of using computers to transfer large amounts of financial information, they find it's more sensible to use Mei, who can memorize large random numbers at a glance and keep track of their operations in her head.
A year later, the Russians and the Chinese go to war in New York City over information that only Mei knows. Upon seeing her running from the Russians, Luke takes a hand, and then the kicking happens.
This film provides examples of:
- Ambiguously Gay: Alex. It's possible that Luke's reference to him as Mayor Tremello's "boyfriend" is meant as a taunt, but Alex's comment that Tremello is "a better catch" than Luke's late wife, and admittance that he and Tremello have a villa in Bali, seem to imply that he really IS the mayor's boyfriend.
- Badass and Child Duo
- Brick Joke: Luke gets pickpocketed by a guy early in the film. Later, when another guy bumps into him in the same way as before, he checks to see if he still has his wallet.
- Casualty in the Ring
- Concealment Equals Cover: Averted. Several gangsters that take refuge behind a table are just easier targets for Luke and his machine gun.
- Crapsack World: Mei is the only character in the movie that isn't some kind of scumbag. Even Luke is a former vigilante, albeit one with official sanction from the mayor.
- Curbstomp Battle: In the beginning, Luke gets the snot beaten out of him in the ring, by mobsters, and by dirty cops. Once he gets dangerous, he flips this completely on its head.
- Dirty Cop: Almost every cop that comes onscreen is either dirty or dies ten seconds later.
- Fate Worse than Death: Vasily's plan for Luke is simple. They'll keep someone trailing Luke, and anyone that he interacts with on a level above that of a simple purchase, they'll kill. The idea is to drive him to suicide. It doesn't exactly work out.
- Good with Numbers: Mei
- The Mafiya
- Manly Tears: Possibly the first movie Jason Statham is seen crying.
- The Penance: Luke lets himself get beaten to a pulp in cage fights to atone for his hundreds of murders and embezzlements as a corrupt cop
- Platonic Prostitution: Luke hires a streetwalker to pose as his wife so he will seem less out-of-place when entering a certain restaurant, then sends her away before the violence begins.
- Reality Ensues: One of the only action movies that ever shows someone shoot a lock open and promptly injure themselves with a ricochet.
- Also, Mei shooting Alex when she has presumably never handled a gun before. Not only is she barely able to hit him (she fires twice and the first shot misses entirely), but the recoil of the gun actually knocks her to the ground.
- Throwing the Fight: The one in-timeline example of this trope is subverted: Luke fails rather than refuses to throw the fight. Implied to have been played straight many times in the past.
- The Triads and the Tongs