Wrath of Man

Director Guy Richie has made a career out of shady villains. ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ debuted his flair for stylised violence laced with rapid quips. For several decades this formula has worked, with a few left-field movies like ‘Aladdin’ to keep fans on their toes. ‘Wrath of Man’ reunites him with star Jason Statham, with whom he has previously worked. Although still using the same Richie recipe, ‘Wrath of Man’ shows a slightly different flavour than usual with both men equipping themselves admirably.

H (Jason Statham) is a cold, mysterious stranger working for a cash truck company. Moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles every week, his job heavily relies on his skills. When his son is murdered, H goes on a mission of vengeance, using his job as a tool for revenge. Cutting a bloody path of rage, H’s steely resolve pushes him and others to the brink.

‘Wrath of Man’ is as deceptive as its central character. As with H, you’re never quite sure what direction he or the movie will go in remaining consistently intrigued. The story’s non-linear narrative observes the same events from different perspectives. This gradually unravels questions the viewer may have to H’s motivations. Playing like an action packed mystery thriller, ‘Wrath of Man’ doesn’t pull any punches with violence and exploring the peculiar code of honour among thieves.

‘Wrath of Man’ benefits from a solid cast. Whilst hardly the world’s greatest actor, Statham is perfectly suited as H, a man of few words and fewer emotions. Statham conveys H’s silent rage well without stretching his limited acting abilities. The action choreography, frenetic cinematography and the overall seedy atmosphere works in creating the surrounds into which the audience is thrust.

Guy Richie has had some cinematic clunkers, although ‘Wrath of Man’ isn’t one of them. It heavily relies on his usual bag of tricks with a few new twists. Although Statham’s film hit rate can be all over the place, Richie mostly hits his marks with films like his latest worth seeing and to observe what he comes up with next.

Rating out of 10: 7


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