Wild Card Extended Version

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5.61 h 42 min2015R
Jason Statham stars as a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem. When he gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play...and it's all or nothing.
Directors
Simon West
Starring
Jason StathamStanley TucciSofia Vergara
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Action
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English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Anne HecheJason AlexanderMax CasellaMichael AngaranoMilo Ventimiglia
Producers
Steve Chasman
Studio
Lionsgate
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R (Restricted)
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DGGReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very enjoyable action movie.
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Jason Statham plays Nick Wild, a gambling addict and badass bodyguard with some serious fighting and survival skills. He dreams of raising enough money to leave Vegas and never return. It's apparent he has made lots of enemies and a serious reputation to not be messed with.

Throughout all the movie, he's been hired on as a bodyguard to a very nice but scared rich man who wants to experience life and not be so afraid of it. There really is a cool sort of mentor/student relationship that is beneficial to both of them as they both become friends and learn a lot from one another.

A female friend of his is badly beaten and raped in an extremely sadist way by an adult son of a mafia boss and his bodyguard thugs. They leave her for dead in the street near a hospital ambulance entrance. She lives and gets a hold of her friend Nick Wild (JS) and begs him to help her take revenge on them. He finds out who they are for her. Nick owes her and feels bad for her but declines to help more because he tells her that he don't want to die going up against these guys. But she finally talks him into it as he just can't let it go how they hurt her.

Nick sets them up and captures all 3 of them after a nasty fight. She then comes into the picture again and is offered $50,000 by the mob boss son to just forget what has happened. She then does to them what the mafia son did to her and makes him cry in front of his tied up men. But they don't kill them. Nick and her take the $50,000 he tried to bribe her with and leave.

Of course this is not the end by a long shot. So the rest of the movie is mostly him trying to survive the attacks from this mafia son and his growing number of mafia thugs. The mafia son even tries to get a Vegas mafia boss to help him put out a contract on Nick. The mafia boss knows Nick personally and who the son's dad is and has to decide which side he's going to be on.

Will Nick survive? You'll have to watch to find out.

I really did enjoy it. It's hard to describe it without giving away too much. But it was definitely worth the time to watch it.
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Casey F in SFReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
It;s a Jason Statham movie that you can kick back and enjoy for 90 mins..
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If you're looking for a good jaunt with a Jason Statham movie you've got one right here. It's worthy of 90 mins of your time, and of course you get the action sequences Statham is known for. There are 3 really good Statham against everyone scenes that are rewards in and of themselves for catching this flick.
Like another reviewer stated, it starts out a little slow, and it looks at first like a movie in search of a direction. You're no quite sure which way the plot is headed, and it is a little disjointed as it searches for the story line. But it finally shows up and the director finds his way to the plot that you can follow and hang on to.
The dialog is a little cheesy, and it's a bit muddled as it trudges along before the plot finally shows up. But when it does you get what you came for, and that is to see Statham doing what he does best....kicks some ass! And boy does he!
There is a little sub-plot that could've been a little better developed , but it adds a little humor and makes the (male) audience put themselves in the guys shoes to hang with Jason through his ups and downs.
Overall, this isn't a Steve McQueen Bullet movie, or the next blockbuster series type of movie, It's a typical Jason Statham movie that pays off what you came to see.
It's definitely worth watching once. And if it came on TV down the road it'd be worth watching again. Would I buy it? Probably not unless it was on sale for under 10 bucks. But for passing the time instead of being bored it's a Jason Statham no brainier....just kick back and enjoy.
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sefriendlyguyReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
YOU MAY NOT BE THE ONLY ONE AFRIAD OF THNGS IN YOUR LIFE!
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this show starts off in the las vegas, a women is invited to the casino for a private party
by three guys, two are like big bodyguards , the other there little boss
she soon finds out the party is her, the two big guys use her like a rag doll
and beat her almost to death , they have a heart , so they take her bloody beaten body
and literally drop her out of there car right in front of the emergency room, the next day
this is a very important part, so please remember it
her old friend (jason stathem) shows up at her apartment to see her, he has not seen her in years
since she saved his life , he sees her and wonders what has she got her self into this time,
anyway they talk and she tells him what has happened and wants to pay him , his going price for a hour
of business to help find the guys so she can sue them,
long story short, he turns her down, he goes to a casino and decides to play black jack
in the back of his mind he is feeling guilty, the casino he goes to is the one his female was beat up at
he has no contact there except for a cleaning lady that remembers him
she finds out who these guys are and tells nick wild, and she says do me a favor this time, don't mess with the two big guys
he agrees , but guess what he does anyway, further in the story he hits it big playing black jack( a half of a million dollars big!
he gers upset with himself because it was not a full million, goes back to play and he loses $25 million
the three guys that beat on his friend, they come looking for him now
he gets in some hot water with them and he being the gangsters they are they force him to do as they say and he wants no trouble
but it happens and he get the two guys butt and leaves, remember the girl that got beaten up at first
well he calls her and she shows up with her black eye and all nick ,just stands by and watches as she pulls her coat off
and reminds the three guys who she is and the party she was invited too, its time for her pay back,
i want tell what happened, just say, there was some grass shears involved,
later in the show nick gets his chance to get back at the little boss of the three for his own reasons
and its interesting how it ends, lots of gambling and some nudity and lots of fights with blood
very entertaining and you might even remember one of the guys in the show from the hunger games, he plays a very important but short part!
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Completely unexpected story about the yin and yang of the main character
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Wild Card is about the underbelly of Las Vegas. It stars Jason Statham as Nick Wild who is a bodyguard. His friend pays him to stage a fight so he can impress his girlfriend. He goes to a dinner where a man has a routine speech to seduce women. Then his ex-girlfriend gets raped and beaten and she asks him for help. That seems like it will be the main plot but it’s not. It’s actually about the duality of Wild’s character, the fact that deep down he’s good but he gets overwhelmed by his bad acts. The question is whether he can ever fix his personal traits.

The writers did a good job fooling the audience. At first it seems like he’s just going to be an avenging angel but that’s not what the main plot is about. In fact, Nick is much more complicated than that and that’s what the story slowly but surely develops. He has a yin and yang side to him. His bad side though shows that he’s self-defeating because he will always do something to undermine himself.

There are some great close combat action scenes as well that really stand out. This is the kind of character that Statham has established himself as so it should come as no surprise they’re in the film.

Overall Wild Card was a completely unexpected story. It took you in one direction and then went in another. Very entertaining.
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John WernerReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
It"s Statham Down, & Fighting Back
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Jason Statham has got charisma so in a right setting it works. He's an athlete who can make ridiculous fights look really good. Wild Card is a blend of those things. Playing a guy who keeps his self down gives him a side making his character have a dimension very different from his physical and cocky regular persona. It's a little more interesting this way and you root for the guy as he makes poor choices which threaten his existence. Vegas is a natural place for all of this to collide and the stellar supporting cast surely helps. I wouldn't call it a fun action flick rather more of a edgy ride that uses the action for a dark journey. The character of Nick for all his flaws has a heart. This is good Jason Statham. He carries the water to make this better than it should be. Sure the action is over-the-top, but it works in the story and not simply to impress or wow. No one can do this quite in the same way it would seem. I won't say it's for everyone, more of a guy flick. But, it is better than so much of the action genre I say give a watch.
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More CowbellReviewed in the United States on February 8, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Statham was filmed on his back--no longer allowed!
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Filmmakers are no longer allowed to film him lying on the ground getting beat up. Or is that The Rock's contract stipulations? At least Statham doesn't take steroids. The Rock looks like (as in allegedly/observation) he's back on the gear full throttle. FULL THROTTLE. I have zero problem with it; I just wish people would be honest.

Wild Card is entertaining and not to be taken seriously. I'm a sucker for films like Man on Fire or Taken, where payback is coming, with or without "a very special set of skills, acquired over a long period of time." Wild Card is nowhere near as good, but that's OK. It's a dark-comedy-revenge-flick, Statham is skill-less but good in his usual tole, Vergara is funny and gorgeous, Jason Alexander is just funny, and Stanley Tucci never let's us down.
Yongbing1Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
good Statham movie as Statham tries to expand his range ...
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Okay, good Statham movie as Statham tries to expand his range beyond martial arts and cars. I always find Statham entertaining, as he has a body of work which actually defies pigeonholing. I like all his work except Crank 1 and 2, though both had interesting moments. Wild Card has a good story so there is some meat on the hero's bone's other than pumped up muscle. This was an attempt at a franchise, at least that is my opinion but it didn't connect because it didn't have a large PR budget to get the word out. In any event, Cage and Cage try harder than most movie actors to deliver audience like about them but also they stretch to a wide range of character material. You'll like the movie.
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rick in houstonReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
The movie itself is a little bit of a wild card in the "Jason Statham Deck".
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No one will mistake it for great art, but it an entertaining, even sort of interesting addition to what I think is Jason Statham's portfolio for moving into movies that will require him mainly to act for a living. Based on this and a couple of others, I'd say he has a very good chance. Everybody likes the guy. Everybody knows you can't do what another reviewer I think called "a good solid Jason Statham" film forever. So, we're probably all rooting for him, and this movie, decent enough on its own, is kind of interesting for watching Jason trying to move on to The Next Thing. The movie is based on a book, which probably helps explain why the movements are pretty well thought out. I buy it a little more in retrospect than I did as I was wacthing it, so possibly they could have done a little better job building the characters, but it wasn't really that kind of film, so it's not really expected, hence no excuse to whine about it.

I thought about looking at little details and commenting on them, because there are some that are nice, but that's not really merited. It's entertaining, a little bit not what you expect in "a Jason Statham" film, and that's in a good way, and, for once, I actually cared about the main character. It is not an "our thug is nicer than your thug" movie, which so many American films are. I wind up not caring about anybody in those, like for instance The Godfather. (Yes, I said it. I don't actually care about anyone in it, except maybe Pacino's character's wife.) It's actually a guy you could like with a problem you come to see he has to overcome, and with the luck to meet a Traveling Angel who offers him redemption. Not being a spoiler sort of a guy, I will say nothing about how that goes.

One last thought: I'm enjoying the film a little more as I sit and think about it. That must be a good sign. Still not art, but a pretty good practice run for all involved in maybe making art sooner or later.
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