Wrath of Man

Wrath of Man ★★★½

An action-packed thrill-ride with a pitch black pulsing heart.

What begins as a series of proverbial dick-measuring contests and latent misogyny - in other words, an average Guy Ritchie movie - morphs into a dark and uncompromising depiction of mob justice and personal vengeance, then once again recontextualizes the events, adding yet another layer of characters and backstory, and then packages it all back up neatly into an epic robbery. By the time we reach the finale we have numerous characters that truly matter (even if their entire personalities are made up of just how tough they can be) and palpable emotional stakes, balancing several different complex motivations that all serve to heighten the immense tension of a daring heist. While it does get a little tiring and overall feels like a lot longer than its 2 hour runtime, and the ending moment the whole entire thing was clearly leading up to is almost comically anticlimactic, the finale is a tension-filled whirlwind of unpredictability and pure action thrills. I might go so far as to say this is Guy Ritchie's best film in over 2 decades.

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