Wrath of Man (2021)

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.

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Jason Statham stars as H in director Guy Ritchie’s WRATH OF MAN, A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Photo credit: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures © 2021 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved

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. 

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Jason Statham stars as H and Josh Hartnett stars as Boy Sweat Dave in director Guy Ritchie’s WRATH OF MAN, A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Photo credit: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures © 2021 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved

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.

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Josh Hartnett stars as Boy Sweat Dave in director Guy Ritchie’s WRATH OF MAN, A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Photo credit: Scott Garfield © 2021 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved

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.

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Raúl Castillo as Sam, Deobia Oparei as Brad, Jeffrey Donovan as Jackson, Chris Reilly as Tom, Laz Alonso as Carlos, and Scott Eastwood as Jan in director Guy Ritchie’s WRATH OF MAN, A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Photo credit: Christopher Raphael © 2021 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved

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.

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Scott Eastwood stars as Jan in director Guy Ritchie’s WRATH OF MAN, A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Photo credit: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures © 2021 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved

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.

8.4/10

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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After getting in trouble at his local supermarket, Grandpa Ed (Robert De Niro) is encouraged by his daughter Sally (Uma Thurman) to move out of his old home and in with his daughter and the rest of the family. Naturally, Grandpa is not overly fond of the idea and...

Hunter Hunter (2020)

We follow a family who lives in a cabin in the wild woods.  Joseph (Devon Sawa), Anne (Camille Sullivan), and Renee (Summer H. Howell) work as fur trappers and are struggling to make ends meet financially. Anne suggests to Joseph they move away from the woods and...

The Reckoning (2020)

A horrible sickness is plaguing the land of England. The Reckoning follows Grace (Charlotte Kirk), who makes the awful discovery that her husband killed himself after becoming sick.  Feeling it was the only way to protect Grace and their child, he left her alone to...

Centigrade (2020)

Inspired by actual events, Centigrade follows Naomi (Genesis Rodriguez), a novelist travelling with her husband Matt (Vincent Piazza). While the two are travelling to Norway for a book tour, they decide to stop their SUV and get some rest.  They also cannot drive...

Violation (2020)

In the present day, Miriam struggles to have a cheerful marriage and feels her relationship is near to divorce.  She and her husband return to her hometown to catch up with her younger sister and brother-in-law after being apart for many years. Miriam hopes that...

Freaky (2020)

‘The Butcher’ (Vince Vaughn) is a violent serial killer who takes joy in killing anyone who gets in his way. His focus is usually on young teenagers who enjoy hanging around together. He generally doesn't say much, but his large knife seems to do all the talking and...

Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob (2021)

Scooby-Doo and the gang are back in an all-new animated feature! Shortly after the gang solve yet another mystery, they make a strange discovery about Shaggy and his past. Thanks to a DNA test, it is revealed that Shaggy is related to someone from Camelot in medieval...

Superintelligence (2020)

Carol Peters (Melissa McCarthy) is an average person trying to make a difference in the world. She is currently single, seeking new work, and in her spare time, has a passion for helping animals find new homes. But Carol's kind nature attracts the eye of the...

The Tangle (2019)

Set in the future, our film is, in fact, a sci-fi murder mystery. The film begins with mysterious scenes and a voiceover claiming to be too old to be conducting such Sherlock Holmes type murder mysteries.  We then cut to an interrogation room called Point Mugu...

Slaxx (2020)

Libby (Romane Denis) has always dreamed of working in the retail store known as CCC's (aka Canadian Cotton Clothiers). She finally gets the opportunity to work as a salesclerk. Naturally, Libby is over the moon to represent and work with such a colossal clothing...

Hope Gap (2019)

Edward (Bill Nighy) & Grace (Annette Bening) are a couple who have been married for twenty-nine years. In the present day, the two live in a small town with stunning views- Hope Gap. The marriage has become a real struggle for each of them.  Each day is full...

Never Too Late (2020)

Jack Bronson (James Cromwell) is the newest arrival at a local nursing home.  Soon we learn the ex-Vietnam Vet has a top-secret mission of his own.  He hopes to be reunited with a love from his past and has unfinished business to complete.  But Jack...

Come True (2020)

Things are not looking too good for a young high school student named Sarah.  Sarah chooses to run away from her mother and refuses to go back home, sleeping the night at a local park.  But Sarah has issues when it comes to sleeping.  The worst part is...

Cosmic Sin (2021)

Cosmic Sin (2021) - Movie Review 7th March 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Annabelle (Kathie Lee Gifford) is a widow. Sick of living alone and in the past, she decides to pack her bags and go on a trip unlike anything before. Travelling with her husband's ashes in an...

Lucky (2020)

May (Brea Grant) is a writer who is well known for writing "How To" books. She is also known for writing blogs online and is a general influencer among women. May's publisher tells her that book sales have slowed down, but she will continue to do whatever she can to...

Russian Doll: Season One (2019)

Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is a woman who lives in New York City and works on creating and developing the latest video games. The series begins with Nadia in the bathroom. As she walks outside the bathroom, it's revealed that her close friends have put on a massive party...

Mork & Mindy: Season One (1978)

Nanu Nanu! Mork (Robin Williams) is an alien from the planet Ork. He's well known for being loud, quirky and quick to deliver several one-liners. While his leaders aren't overly fond of Mork and his cheeky nature, they require him for a mission unlike any other. Mork...

Possessor (2020)

Tasya (Andrea Riseborough) is an agent who works for a top-secret organization.  This organization consistently uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies. You see, when Tasya takes over someone's body, she can turn them into the ultimate...

Night Shift | Police (2020)

Our film begins with the introduction of officers Virginie (Virginie Efira), Erik (Gregory Gadebois) & Aristide (Omar Sy). The introduction of the film gives us a sneak peek of their personal lives and some of the drama each character is attempting to overcome....

Last Call (2019)

Beth (Sarah Booth) is having a frustrating evening. While driving to her night job as a janitor, she receives word about her twelve-year-old son who has yet to come home from going to the cinemas with a friend. She frantically contacts her babysitter while also trying...

Skyfire (2019)

The film begins with a young girl, Ming Li, and her two parents studying a volcano. During the testing process, the volcano erupts and takes the life of her mother.  Jumping forward to the present day, Ming Li (Hannah Quinlivan) is all grown up and now following...

Burn (2019)

Our film is set at a gas station which is open 24/7. Working on the evening shift are two young girls, Melinda (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) & Sheila (Suki Waterhouse). Melinda is generally a quiet and shy person who has been dealing with several personal matters. As a...

Followed (2018)

Mike is a famous influencer on social media. He is known for recording his fun live streams relating to horror stories with his username @dropthemike.  Mike is offered a massive sponsorship from a clothing label known as Haute Gothic on one condition; he reaches...

Boss Level (2021)

Roy (Frank Grillo) is an ex-special forces officer who, from the minute he wakes up in his bed, many people (aka skilled assassins!) are trying to kill him. You see, Roy is trapped in a never-ending time loop. Each day he lives, he learns more about what is going on,...

Awoken (2019)

Karla (Sara West) is a medical student who is passionate to learn everything relating to insomnia and understand the real cause.  This passion is fuelled by her brother, Blake (Benson Jack Anthony), suffering from a significant sleep disorder. The doctors in...

Shook (2021)

Mia (Daisye Tutor) is a superstar when it comes to her fame on social media. She is well known for promoting premium cosmetic products under her username @makeupbymia. While her social media profile shows the world nothing but perfection, in the real world, Mia is...

Jungleland (2019)

This film follows two brothers- Stanley (Charlie Hunnam) and Lion (Jack O'Connell). In the present, the two struggle to make ends meet but continue to focus on the world of bare-knuckle boxing. Stanley is the trainer and general manager, and Lion is the fighter with...

Gretel & Hansel (2020)

Based on the well-known fairy tale, this film follows two siblings, Hansel and Gretel.  The two come from a poor upbringing and are forced to knock on doors around the countryside seeking work, hoping to earn money to buy food. One evening as they return home...

Rage (1966)

Set within a small town, the film follows Dr Reuben (Glenn Ford).  He lives in a tiny town, so small that he is the town's only hope when people become unwell or fall pregnant. In the present day, Dr Reuben enjoys spending his spare time getting drunk and is...

The Little Things (2021)

Joe Deacon used to be a top detective until the workload and stress caught up with him.  Now, he is a Deputy Sheriff and has been requested to go back to his old Police Station in Los Angeles to collect evidence.  While trying to collect the required...

Long Story Short (2021)

Teddy (Rafe Spall) is a man who keeps putting things off. He can never seem to make time for others or even commit to booking in dates for major events in his life. We get to witness how Teddy met the love of his life, Leanne (Zahra Newman). After an awkward and yet...

The People Upstairs (2020)

The film introduces us to a couple who have been together for many years in an apartment building. But unfortunately for this couple, Julio (Javier Camara) & Ana (Griselda Siciliani), their relationship consists of arguments, disagreements, and a lack of...