Wild Card is your typical run-of-the-mill action flick. The film has everything- a good location- Las Vegas, nice cars- there’s a ‘67 Ford Torino, and a quintessential action hero- Jason Statham. An adaptation of William Goldman’s novel Heat, Wild Card doesn’t really impress in the story department. The film begins with a badly beaten up girl, Holly (Dominik Garcia-Lorido) being tossed to the curb and left for dead. She makes it to the hospital, barely alive, and with one name on her lips – Nick.

Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a gallivanting ex-soldier and current bodyguard, who is a compulsive gambler and has a real reputation for being a serious ass-kicker. His old friend Holly confides in him, and tells him that she was assaulted by the local mafia boss, Danny DeMarco (Milo Ventimiglia). Nick, on seeing a damsel in distress, jumps in to help her get her revenge and tracks DeMarco down. Ventimiglia plays his role as an arrogant and cocky Italian mafia man with finesse, and is particularly menacing in a few scenes. As the story begins to unfold, a young billionaire named Cyrus Kinnick (Michael Angarano) hires Nick (Statham) to protect him while he gambles his way through Las Vegas. The plot is quite jumbled up, and seems to lack connection at a few moments. The story begins to go downhill pretty quickly, and desperately tries to keep you hooked by throwing some exaggerated, over-choreographed beat-downs your way.

Statham is seen in a slightly refreshing change – he uses his voice a little more than his fists now, which is a good thing. Michael Angarano, as Cyrus Kinnick, plays the role of an affable young billionaire with conviction. A few of the supporting actors also shine, but the most notable performance is by Stanley Tucci, as Baby. Direction and screenplay are good, but not great, while the background score leaves a lot to be desired.

Why should you watch the film?

Wild Card is a one time watch with some nicely done action sequences and a couple of honest performances by seasoned actors. Watch out for short cameos by Sofia Vergara and Jason Alexander in the beginning of the film.

By Karan Raikar

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