Wrath of Man

Wrath of Man ★★★½

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The plot follows H, a cold and mysterious character working at a cash truck company responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles each week.

Guy Ritchie consistently keeps a distinct style throughout his films that makes (most of) us want to come back for more. While Wrath of Man does feature some of these Guy Ritchie tropes, there is a drastic tonal distinction between this and most of his other films. Wrath of Man is dark, brutal, and often relentless as it tells the revenge-filled tale of Jason Statham’s H. This central moment in time is one we revisit throughout the film, and it is shown each time from a different perspective. Once we get some deeper motivations for H’s actions is when the film really begins to pick up. It honestly doesn’t need that because I am willing to watch Statham take some names regardless, but this film opts to spend quite a bit of time on most of its characters.

There isn’t much to Eastwood’s Jan, but there is plenty enough character depth from this awesome cast to go around. The focus is clearly Statham, and it is up to him to nail this role. The style feels fresh, and the idea of focusing more on the tragedy of it all works for this specific film. I can understand wanting more action to fill in the gaps that start to drag, and the trajectory of it all is ridiculously predictable. There was not one moment that caught me by surprise, and that fact will absolutely impact how much the film resonates. It also has the pacing of Dragged Across Concrete at times, while the story of constant betrayals and revenge harkens back to the classic Heat. The heist aspect is fun, and certain moments will have viewers on the edge of their seat. Refraining from nitpicking the constant clichés within the dialogue was difficult, and the film is too long, but Wrath of Man is a no nonsense good time that brings home the emotion in the end. The score, while repetitive, is also a highlight of the experience.

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