Wrath of Man
Wrath of Man (2021) movie review
An action/thriller from director Guy Ritchie, Wrath of Man stars Jason Statham as H. A cold and somewhat distant man who starts a job as security for a cash truck company that has frequently been targeted by thieves. Wrath of Man opens today, and despite scoring higher with audiences than critics, seems off to a positive weekend, even holding a 93% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Did you ever have something wrapped in bacon where the bacon was the best thing about it? Of course the bacon is the best thing about it… Point being, Wrath of Man is definitely that thing wrapped in bacon. And the bacon? That’s Guy Ritchie’s filmmaking. What’s wrapped inside the bacon? Well its a below average revenge thriller is what it is. (I’m going a bit here.) Anyway this is textbook style over substance, and while I’m typically on board for Guy Ritchie films, something about Wrath of Man just didn’t work for me…
Now before I talk about what didn’t work, let’s talk about what DID work. The score from Christopher Benstead was a bit repetitive, bit consistently intense and captivating. Despite playing Jason Statham bit more intense, Statham does an intimidating job n the lead role. (Probably because he and Guy Ritchie go so far back.) Alongside Statham giving the ol’ college try is a slew of supporting performances that are all honestly pretty good. Heck I really liked John Hartnett in this movie! Shame he has nothing to do…
Anyway the rest of the film’s quality comes together as you would expect for a Guy Ritchie film: Quite well. The action and tone were both very well handled, and seeing this typically funny director tackle a straight-forward thriller was promising. (Not like we didn’t know he could do other genres than his typical crime comedies.) What really impressed me here was the way the narrative was stitched together. Without giving anything away, there are some subtle twists and turns to be had, and the less you know, the more you’ll probably enjoy this honestly thrilling movie!
As nice as all that sounds, this is a story we’ve seen over and over and over again, and while the exterior is different, the core of the film is really average. It also feels a bit anticlimactic without some textbook Ritchie writing in the last act that we are used to. And on top of all that, I hated most of the characters in the film. Jason Statham is- well he’s Jason Statham. Only I just didn’t like his character at all. There are some supporting characters that are more likable, but they get very little to do. You are just stuck with a grumbling Brit and a bunch of other characters that this film will try to make you think are morally grey.
So really the question comes down to what you like more in a film. Are you in it for a good story, or a good looking movie? Because Wrath of Man is the latter. Do you want compelling characters or solid action? (Because while this film COULD have it both ways, it seems very content settling.) Or simply put, Wrath of Man is no Gentlemen (2020). It’s not terrible, and it certainly has some entertaining moments. But there are better revenge thrillers to watch than this one. 6/10.
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-review by Ryan Prince