Callum Toole’s review published on Letterboxd:
"A One Man Army"
This was COLD, CALCULATED and completely devoid of MERCY.
I'd like to begin this review with a little known fact. Ritchie is the sole reason for why I love movies as much as I do today. I remember walking out of the theater of the first "Sherlock Holmes" back in December of 2009 and feeling truly amazed. From that day forward, I made it my mission to not only watch as many films as I could but to learn everything I could about film in general. I even took a film studies and video production class to further my knowledge on the subject.
Since that fateful day, I have been following Ritchie's film career religiously. I've already mentioned that "Sherlock Holmes" is one of my ALL-TIME favorite films but the sequel "A Game Of Shadows" also fits in that category and might just be a tad better in my opinion. Ritchie switched gears 4 years later with the highly underrated spy romp "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", a movie I enjoyed very much so and still want a sequel to. Just about 2 years after that, Ritchie returned with "King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword", a film was supposed to start a franchise and one that I think is better than most say it is.
After a couple of poorly received films, Ritchie took a major left turn with the live action adaptation of Disney's "Aladdin". While I admit that he seemed like a odd choice at the time, I think he did a decent job and made a boatload of cash on the process. Coming off of that massive success he returned to his roots with "The Gentlemen", a movie I had SO much fun with. With that, it seemed like Ritchie had gotten his mojo back and I could not have been more excited.
I remember reading about this film when it still had the working title of "Cash Truck". I have yet to see the earlier films that Statham and Ritchie worked on together("Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, "Snatch", "Revolver") but they're definitely on the list. Regardless the idea of them working together on a heist action thriller seemed like a match made in movie heaven. I'll also watch Statham in practically anything so that also helps.
This was pretty riveting. It's a lean and mean film with Statham at the center of it all. H is the epitome of a guy who shoots first and asks questions later. Statham plays him with a icy edge and shows just enough humanity to get you invested. It's awesome seeing him in films like "Spy" and the "Fast And Furious" franchise but it's also cool to see him in more serious movies like this. It just serves as a reminder that he can still do both very well. The rest of the cast is solid too, especially a no-nonsense Eastwood in a supporting role.
The film looks and sounds great. The action is tight, close-quarters and brutal when it needs to be. The storytelling structure is a little odd at first but the movie eventually finds a good rhythm and maintains it until the end. It's cleverly split into 4 acts and it's paced quite nicely for a minute under 2 hours. It's never boring, well executed and ends on a darkly satisfying note. Between this and "The Gentleman", it would appear that Ritchie has gotten his game back. I saw that he's got another film with Statham already in development. I have four words for that. I WILL BE THERE.