Set in Los Angeles, Wrath of Man follows a man with the nickname of H (Jason Statham). H applies for a job with a cash truck company after the last company he worked for went bust. He has skills and qualifications that cannot be ignored, and naturally, he gets the job. The company is responsible for regularly transporting millions of dollars. In the past, they have suffered casualties, and human loss as robbers and gangs attempt to steal money while the trucks are in transit. Soon we learn while H is glad to have a job, he is also on a personal vendetta and secretly conducting his own investigation regarding a past heist. H is undoubtedly a man who should not be messed with, and nothing will stop him from finding out the truth.
This film has been directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch, The Gentlemen, etc.) for those who are unaware. But if you are expecting a witty, funny, and quirky film like some of the director’s past films, you are in for a shock. Wrath of Man is much more severe and dramatic. The film is best classed as a gritty thriller containing violence and themes surrounding crimes, gangs and heists. The film is told in chapters, and each chapter reveals more insight into the film’s mysteries, including elements from H’s past. For the most part, these mysteries were fun, exciting, and pleasing, but I cannot deny that I did find some secrets predictable and rather obvious before the reveals occurred.
The performances are great. I enjoyed seeing Jason Statham tackle a more serious and heavy role. H as a character does not exhibit many emotions other than vengeance, which the actor pulls off tremendously from start to finish. H is best described as a one-person army or a lone cowboy. Supporting roles in Wrath of Man include Josh Hartnett, Scott Eastwood and even Andy Garcia. I was pretty surprised at some of the side performances here (in a pleasing way). Josh Hartnett appears in the type of role I would never expect, and Scott Eastwood was undoubtedly pushed to the limits thanks to the director. Casting here is pleasing, and thanks to Guy Ritchie, all characters are a mix mash which makes the film just as exciting even if the character H is off the screen briefly.
Supposing you’re seeking action and glorious sound effects, Wrath of Man, has you covered. To clarify, this is not a film that has Jason Statham kicking and punching bad guys the whole time. The film is more focused on action sequences that rely on gunfire, and it delivers perfectly in that aspect. Audiences will feel every bit of tension and every gunshot that is fired in this film. The sound design is terrific and perfect.
The filming style of the movie is highly pleasing. The director delivers quality in the visuals, filled with moments where audiences will feel like they are simply a fly on the wall. These moments help make the interactions with characters feel real, and heists on-screen also feel raw and gritty. Music-wise, the film provides a fun introduction and a couple of tracks that consistently appear throughout the film, which also felt fitting.
Overall, Wrath of Men is a different type of Guy Ritchie film. Instead of delivering a witty and funny movie, the director brings movie lovers something new, focusing on crime, gangs, gunfights, and heists. The film is filled with many mysteries, which are revealed throughout the gritty movie. The cast is tremendous, with Jason Statham’s character on a secret revenge mission and side characters who were also surprising. The characters, heists, and mystery aspects are the film’s major highlights, but I found many of the secrets to be predictable. Guy Ritchie delivers a stunning film with great visual style, and viewers will feel like they are a fly on the wall. Wrath of Man is most certainly pleasing.
Wrath of Man (2021) is Now Available in Australian Cinemas!