Wild Card is based on the 1986 Burt Reynold’s film, Heat, written by Oscar winner William Goldman. Heat wasn’t a particularly good movie, but what was interesting was that the production opted not to update or retool the screenplay for this 2014 version.
The film is set in Las Vegas and begins where Nick Wild appears to be doing odd jobs for a living. His new job, is to protect millionaire Cyrus Kinnick (Michael Angarano) and to show him Vegas.
Now all is well, until it is revealed that a girl has been raped by gangster Danny DeMarco (Milo Ventimiglia), and Nick, very reluctantly, agrees to help his friend out in seeking revenge.
From here on, Wild Card, goes all over the place; literally and otherwise.
Peppered with small cameos from such varied talents as Jason Alexander (Pinky), Stanley Tucci (Baby) and Sofia Vergara (Doris), which offer good performances, but then all this just stumbles a little at the end.
For an action film, there is little action and thrills. You get the same punches, the same old car chase, the usual supply of bad one liners and last but not the least in the midst of all this, the trademark straight face of Jason Statham.
Jason Statham really pours it on, trying to give a real performance in a movie that doesn’t necessarily require one, though his efforts are clearly visible.
After a point, Wild Card actually tests your patience as you are desperately looking for either a loo break or waiting for the film to end.
Best avoid this one and wait for it to come on any of the action movie channels, which I am sure will be pretty soon.
Wild Card is all about a compulsive gambler and a loyal friend, Nick Wild (Jason Statham), who gets involved in bloody revenge, while offering to esco...1.5