Wrath of Man

Wrath of Man ★★★★★

If "Aladdin" had to gross a billion dollars to make "Wrath of Man" happen, I'm inclined to say it was worth it. The worldview displayed by the screenwriters here is not so much un-evolved as it is de-evolved: a pitiless existence where men can only express themselves through violence. The script's blunt-force nihilism is perfectly contrasted with Guy Ritchie's precision and elegance behind the camera; the editing tempo during action sequences is perfect, never sacrificing clarity for adrenaline, though it's a misnomer to label this a Jason Statham action vehicle—it's just as much an ensemble crime drama and a grim, grim revenge tale.

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