‘Wrath of Man’ is a Jason Statham movie directed by Guy Ritchie, an adventure story wearing the clothes of a heist adventure story. The movie is additionally or less a remake of the 2004 French film Cash Truck (Le Convoyeur), and its cast is a dreamy assortment of dependably faithfully partaking character stalwarts (Eddie Marsan, Holt McCallany, Andy García, Jeffrey Donovan) with a few against-type additions (Josh Hartnett, Raúl Castillo, comedian Rob Delaney), a worthwhile Scott Eastwood — and, even a little Post Malone. The movie is crammed with generally violent men: gangsters and former combat veterans, mostly, with a smattering of security guards and cops. Ritchie and co-screenwriters Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies recommended that H may belong to any of these teams, or could be something else entirely. The film lets a few of the major characters suspect a familiar factor, and then a couple more, till it becomes an everyday topic of discussion at Fortico, in conjunction with jokes concerning somebody on the team being an inside man for armored automotive robbers.
There are a bit of Clint Eastwood's hero-as-horror-movie-stalker characters within the film’s presentation of H—the ones that gave the mayhem in "Dirty Harry," "High Plains Drifter," and "Pale Rider" a bitter afterimage. He's never extremely happy unless he is torturing or killing someone that he thinks deserves to suffer pain, however, even then, he does not appear happy. He looks driven by a code and way of duty instead of by the raw emotions he needs to be feeling, supported by what we tend to come back to grasp concerning him.
More than any other Ritchie film, you feel the evil presence in this one, not the "bad guy do dangerous things while happy." It is not a horror film, however, it's horror-film adjacent. There is even an endeavor from the point-of-view of a person in riot gear on a killing spree, his labored breath amplified by Plexiglas and rubber. You could show "Wrath of Man" as a part of a twin bill with Ritchie's "Revolver." In one, Statham plays a virtuously compromised character whose vulnerable soul might still be saved. Within the alternative, he plays a person who’s to this point past that time that the affront that triggers his rampage plays less as an unaccountable catastrophe than as karmic payback for the toxicant energy he’s pumped up into the planet.
The film unfolds in chapters. Everyone circle back to the beginning scene and adds to our understanding of that central event. The flashback construction of the film becomes a bit awkward, however, withholding key information from the opening of the film proves to be an efficient way to build the suspense. One person’s convoluted script is another person’s clever narrative. The general structure of the film worked for me.
Perhaps the foremost stunning and satisfying component of the film is the soundtrack. Christopher Benstead, who created his composer debut in Ritchie’s 2019 film The Gentlemen, has reversed decades of the director’s high-octane soundtracks. Gone are the quality assortment of electrical guitars and college radio station hits; in their place is Benstead’s easy string theme recurrent throughout the film. Unsurprisingly, this stripped-down soundtrack is a proper counterpoint for Ritchie’s direction, adding a component of the sepulchral to even the foremost visceral action sequence.
Wrath of Man may not be a crime classic, however, it’s a cut way above the average VOD crime thrillers that hit streaming services each weekend. It has massive ambitions, and it fulfills several of them. It gives me confidence that Guy Ritchie remains aiming to deliver his masterpiece one of these days. If you’re an enthusiast of the crime genre, you wouldn’t want to miss this one. The decisiveness and confidence of the movie’s aesthetic is a joy to behold, even when the images capture people doing fierce things. You don’t root for anyone in this film. They’re villains engaged in contests of will. However, the movie isn’t a value-neutral exercise. There’s an undertone of lament to a great deal of the violent action. Each character created their bed and should stagnate. More usually than not, it’s a deathbed.
Final Score – [7.5/10]
Reviewed by – Ritika Kispotta
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