Title: Wrath of Man
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Josh Hartnett
Runtime: 1 hr 59 mins
What It Is: H (Statham) is a man on a mission. A mystery man working at a cash truck company that moves large sums of money from one place to another. Being shrouded in mystery we soon get to discover what exactly H plans to do with his new occupation and why he took it up. His intention, once made clear are both intriguing and understood. The question is once he gets started, can anyone stop the man?
What We Think: This is the best I’ve seen Jason Statham in quite some time. He’s intimidating, no-nonsense, and exactly what Ritchie needed out of him. For his part, Ritchie directs the crap out of this. There’s are some decisions he makes here that only a seasoned veteran director would make. Likewise, the action is so well done something that Ritchie has often been lauded for. Obviously, with a film of this nature, the dialogue and story are pretty much second-class citizens. It’s in that regard where the film falters. The emotional ties to H are drowned out in a sea of mediocre writing, If you’ve seen the French original Le Convoyeur then you’ve seen most of this.
Our Grade: B+, Outside of the change of spoken language you’d assume you’ve seen the film, and as I mentioned that’s…mostly true. Ritchie brings his unmitigated swagger to the affair which separates it enough from the original. I really liked this film and think that crowds will love it too. This is one that everyone who’s a fan of action flick that don’t really require a ton of thinking. A category of which I am heavily vibing with. Inevitably you know what you’re getting with this.