Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Wrath of Man

Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham unite for a by-the-numbers revenge flick. Statham stars as a notorious violent crime lord who takes a job as the new security guard for an armored car company that has been the target of several recent robberies, including one that killed his son. It doesn't take long for the other members of the company to discover H (Statham) is way overqualified for the job and there's obviously something more to the story of what he's doing there (which will be exposed slowly in a series of flashbacks that lead to inevitable questions of how blind everyone working for the company is in not recognizing H).

Wrath of Man is pretty dumb, as you may expect, but the action is serviceable and it's fun to root for the bad guy taking out other bad guys. Had it been made 25 years ago you could see Steven Seagal or Jean-Claude Van Damme in the role (albeit with more humor and/or high kicks).

As H investigates his co-workers, he sends his men out to cause terror brutally seeking answers as to who was behind the robbery that got his son killed. The rest of the cast is mostly forgettable, although Burn Notice fans may get a kick out of seeing Jeffrey Donovan as the leader of the crew hitting the armored cars and Holt McCallany plays the kind of smug son-of-a-bitch he's been doing for decades. To no surprise, the movie ends in a giant shoot-out where the outnumbered H has no problem in fighting the crew as there's never any doubt as to how this movie will end. Released on home video, you can find Wrath of Man on Blu-ray and DVD as well as several streaming services.

  • Title: Wrath of Man
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