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Wrath of Man Movie Review: Personal Justice Takes Center Stage

Article by Oliver Nash
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Posted: May 13, 2021  

The Rundown

Wrath of Man is a 2021 action thriller directed by Guy Ritchie, from a script he co-wrote with Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, and is based on the 2004 French film Le Convoyeur (Cash Truck) by Nicolas Boukhrief.

It is Ritchie’s fourth directorial collaboration with lead actor Jason Statham following previous mega blockbuster hits Revolver (2005), Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), and Snatch (2000). Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hartnett, Laz Alonso, Chris Reilly, Raúl Castillo, DeObia Oparei, Eddie Marsan, and Scott Eastwood also star.

The film tells the story of Patrick Hill (Statham), a mysterious and wild-eyed new security guard for a cash truck who surprises his co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during a heist. The crew is left wondering who he is and where he came from. Soon, the marksman’s ultimate motive becomes clear as he takes dramatic and irrevocable steps to settle a score.

The Review

Statham plays a crucial role, “H”, a man on a mission for personal justice as he unleashes his ruthlessness upon a ring of mercenaries without breaking a sweat. Per Looper, rather than hyper focus on H and his quest, Ritchie presents a world divided between disparate brands of man. The criminal world is split between serious professionals who operate with a code of conduct, for whom crime is just a business, and sloppy fakes just as likely to get themselves killed as they are to end the lives of others.

With his past blockbuster films being motivated by intense action, quick-witted banter and dark humor, Wrath of Man, when judged on its own merits, is easily predictable direction-wise. It’s not bad, just riddled with clichés.

The well-infused and carefully balanced surprise plot twists form the cherry on top of this film noir. Not to mention the skillfully broken down storyline into manageable chunks by intercutting scenes with time jumps across chapters.

Each chapter presents a different point of view leading to a better understanding of where H’s wrath originates. It’s satisfactory enough to embrace the emotional side of the film but would take more than one viewing to grasp his chain of thoughts.

Wrath of Man checks just the right ingredients for a perfectly capable film in its genre.

The Hits

Decent action sequences.

Impactful cinematic visuals.

Statham’s star power in the film.

Impressive supporting cast.

The Misses

The dialogue was off in some scenes.

The film had such a dissatisfying ending.

OMG Moment

The showdown scenes.

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