Notable Examples: Safe, Killer Elite, Death Race, The Expendables 2
Following in the footsteps of his ‘80s predecessors, Jason Statham only fights interchangeable, one-note villains. They're often culled from ethnic stereotypes, and when that doesn't work, they're just shallow caricatures. For all of the delightfully unnecessary violence and sex in movies like the Crank series, the movies drop the ball when it comes to throwing a nuanced foe Statham’s way.
Can you remember who he fought in Safe, Killer Elite, or any of the Transporter movies? Admit it—you forgot by the time the end credits rolled. Jean-Claude Van Damme (The Expendables 2) and Joan Allen (Death Race) attempted to break the string of D-list baddies, but when you stack them up against the villains from recent shoot-em-ups, like Javier Bardem in Skyfall, they come up short.