This weekend, Jason Statham is going to face off against a prehistoric Megalodon and all is going to be right in this world. Typically, Statham plays hitmen or small-time crooks so this will be the first time we see him take his specific brand of action heroics to the sea. And before he submerges this weekend, here’s our list of his best land-dwelling movies you can stream online.
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is an irreverent crime comedy where shit doesn’t stop hitting the fan. The story is a bit of a labyrinth as far as crime movies go. To pay a debt to a crime lord after losing a rigged high stakes card game, a card sharp plans to team up with friends to rob their neighbors, who are planning a heist of their own. To make this movie work as well as it does, British director Guy Ritchie put together an explosive ensemble cast that included a baby-faced Statham – who appeared on screen for the first time in this movie. Fast dialogue, absurd characters, and excellent action make this movie worth the watch.
You can rent Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels for $3.99 or purchase for $12.99
After breaking out in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Jason Statham teamed up with Guy Ritchie again in his follow up film, Snatch. All the usual Ritchie suspects are here. Fast-paced dialogue, over the top characters, plot lines that may or may not make sense. Oh, and also Brad Pitt is an indecipherable bare knuckle boxer.
You can rent Snatch for $3.99 or purchase for $12.99
There’s a scene in Pulp Fiction where Uma Thurman’s character Mia gets a needle full of adrenaline lobbed straight into her heart, jolting her back to life. Crank is a feature-length version of that scene. You can also think about this movie as Speed where the bus isn’t a bus, it’s a hitman’s heart. Jason Statham plays Chev Chelios who’s dosed with a poison that will kill him if his adrenaline level drops past a certain level, which means in order to find the guy who did this to him, Chev literally has to fight throughout the entire movie.
Crank is available as $2.99 rental or $4.99 purchase.
Statham entered The Fast and Furious franchise full throttle as Deckard Shaw, the older brother of Fast & Furious 6 villain, Owen Shaw. Furious 7 is part of a new Fast and Furious era where the small-time criminals and an undercover cop from the first movie are now basically international super spies squaring off against terrorists. And here, Statham is one of those terrorists. An unabashed action movie, Furious 7 is explosions and one-liners galore.
Furious 7 is available as $3.99 rental or $12.99 purchase.
After his stint on Guy Ritchie films, Statham is probably best known for starring in the Transporter franchise, which introduced him to a larger American audience. The titular transporter is an ex-special forces agent named Frank who now makes his living transporting packages for unknown clients. Frank has three rules: Never change the deal, no names, and never look in the package. But inevitably all three rules get broken and Frank has no choice but to punch, kick, and shoot his way through a trilogy of movies, transporting fists to faces.
The Transporter is available as a $3.99 rental or $14.99 purchase.
The Italian Job
Coming off of the hits Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels Statham played a criminal again, but across the pond this time around. Statham is “Handsome” Rob, a getaway driver for a group of cons double crossed by their former friend. This movie proved Statham could fit in among a cast of Hollywood mainstays like Charlize Theron, Mark Whalberg, and Donald Sutherland.
You can watch The Italian Job on Amazon Prime.
Turns out, the perfect foil to Jason Statham was Melissa McCarthy. Spy stars McCarthy as a desk agent for the CIA who takes to the field despite protests from her boss and sexist coworker (Statham). The movie plays off familiar action tropes and plays McCarthy’s perfect comedy chops against Statham’s stiff-jawed straight man for one hell of a funny end result.
If you took the Avengers, removed their powers and armed them with bazookas and basketball sized biceps you wouldn’t even come close to something resembling the testosterone-mad movie that is The Expendables. You’ll smell like sweat and cigars just from watching it. Here’s what you need to know. It has Jason Statham, and it has Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sylvester Stallone, and Dolph Lundgren, and Terry Crews, and probably the guy at the gym you don’t like to make eye contact because he might eat you.
The Expendables is available as a $3.99 rental or $9.99 purchase.
Crank 2 builds off from the momentum of the first installment. Now, Chelios has been fitted with an artificial heart that will burn out once the external battery it’s been fitted to dies. It’s the same batshit plot from the first movie, but cranked up by a ton of notches (pun thoroughly intended).
Crank 2 is available on Amazon Prime
The Bank Job
Here, Statham does what he does best, play a tough guy with an inviting touch of flair and charisma. As the title suggests, The Bank Job is a heist film, but it’s based on a true story of an actual London robbery that resulted in a government gag-order against the press. According to The Bank Job, the truth behind that robbery involves an odd web of characters including an activist and a royal family. For a crime film done right, watch The Bank Job.
The Bank Job is available as a $2.99 purchase and a $6.99 purchase.