The plot follows H, a cold and mysterious character working at a cash truck company responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles each week.
After an odd foray into the world of Disney with ‘Aladdin’, Guy Ritchie has found himself very much back in his wheelhouse with ‘The Gentlemen’ and his latest, ‘Wrath of Man’. He’s always been adept at spinning a good crime yarn and this movie finds himself in his comfort zone, with perennial action man Jason Statham making his first film with Ritchie since 2005’s ‘Revolver’. You know what you’re going to get with Ritchie, and that can equally apply to Statham – he’s never going to be winning Oscars but if you want a solid lead for an action movie, there aren’t many more reliable.
The premise of ‘Wrath of Man’ involves a security company (Fortico) and groups of criminals who try to rob and/or infiltrate them. Statham plays Patrick Hill, a mysterious man who joins the company not long after an armed robbery leads to the death of two guards and a civilian, prompting Fortico to beef up their security arrangements. Ritchie structures the movie around four parts, not all of which play out in corresponding order – this serves to keep the audience guessing but I must confess I thought it overcomplicated what in theory is quite a straightforward crime narrative. Alongside Statham, the cast includes Scott Eastwood as the main antagonist, and roles for the likes of Holt McCallany and Josh Hartnett as fellow guards at Fortico. It’s a very male orientated film as you might have guessed and Ritchie’s penchant for stupid character names once again comes to the fore, although they don’t seem as cool as they once did.
That being said, ‘Wrath of Man’ is very enjoyable with some terrific and tense action sequences, and the plot carries just enough mystery to keep the audience guessing as to everyone’s motives. For fans of Ritchie, it’s worth pointing out this is definitely more of a straightforward crime movie than the crime-comedies he made his name with, though that takes little away from an entertaining and gripping movie.
Directed By: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Jason Statham, Scott Eastwood, Holt McCallany, Josh Hartnett, Jeffrey Donovan, Andy Garcia, DeObia Oparei, Laz Alonso, Raul Castillo, Chris Reilly, Eddie Marsan, Niamh Algar and Rob Delaney