Film Review: Wrath of Man (2021) - USA
Reviewed by Andrew CHAN (Film Critics Circle of Australia)
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Adapted from the 2004 French film "Le Convoyeur" (aka "Cash Truck"), the latest Guy Ritchie’s action thriller contains plenty of positives and nothing more so than a standout vehicle for action star Jason Statham to impress. “Wrath of Man” manages to grip on to the thrills and rides as Statham brings a gravity and steel like presence to the role that makes him a perfect action icon. Combining with Richie, the duo is perfect from the get go as we get an in-depth story about vengeance at its brutalist and simple focus killings.
Jason Statham is the modern day action hero and brings youth in a dated Hollywood genre that continuity rehash the wonderful Liam Neeson for the same type of roles. As with Richie’s films, there are plenty of interesting side characters good and bad guys. In this instance they are played by Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Chris Reilly, Josh Hartnett, Laz Alonso, Raúl Castillo, DeObia Oparei, Eddie Marsan, and Scott Eastwood. Hartnett in particular is given one of his bigger roles for more than a decade after being stuck in B-graded direct to video flicks.
All in all, “Wrath of Man” brings something exciting to the playbook as Richie seems to have matured as a filmmaker in managing to create something less chatty and more action driven. With their 4th collaboration, Statham manages to fire up a character that is almost devil like and it’s hard to see any good within the character after what happened to his son. This is a wonderful example of how to make a good action thriller that sustains the audience attention and gribble in till the very end.
I rated it 8/10