Wrath of Man Review
Guy Ritchie fails in his latest action thriller with Jason Statham. Wrath of man tries to wrap the standard theme of revenge around a mysterious conspirator. It is told in four chapters that take place over different periods of time. The result is a leaden mix of ill-defined and awkwardly directed characters. There is violence in abundance, but considerable gaps are interspersed with the graphic shootings. Wrath of man I fought to keep my interest in the carnage.
Wrath of man is set in the aftermath of the theft of an armored truck. The crime goes wrong and results in multiple innocent deaths. Several months later, an enigmatic loner with a rough personality, Patrick Hill (Jason statham), apply for a job at Fortico, the security and transportation company. He barely passes qualifications, but is hired as a driver. His co-workers (Holt McCallany, Josh Hartnett and Niamh Algar) are not impressed. They call it “H”. Each employee has a clever nickname.
The opinion of “H” changes drastically after another kidnapping attempt. He just decimates attackers with ruthless efficiency. His colleagues are in awe of his abilities. They begin to suspect that there is more to “H” than meets the eye. He also appears on the radar of an FBI agent (Andy Garcia) investigating the crime. “H” actually has a secret agenda. He joined Fortico for a deadly reason.
Wrath of man stages a hodgepodge of subplots with vague supporting characters. Some are featured at later points in the movie. Guy Ritchie wants to create suspense. Who is “H”? And what is he trying to discover in Fortico? The puzzle could have worked if the narrative hadn’t been so complicated. Jason Statham almost became a supporting character. He becomes an absent protagonist as other points of view are explored. Andy García suffers the same fate. It is presented, then practically disappears until the end. Keeping track of the round trip gets boring. That’s a damning review for any movie, but downright surprising for Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham.
Wrath of man is an adaptation of a 2004 French film called The transporter; translated as “Cash Truck”. I’m curious how the original material compares to the remake. I’d bet the characters had more exposure and personality. The acting set is of a note here. Jason Statham, known for his dry wit and sharp delivery, feels like an angry robot in this movie. His anger is understandable, but not irresistible. The bloody climax and unmasking of the villain generates little emotion. Also, why would someone use Fortico to transport money when the business is constantly experiencing theft? A common sense variable is missing.
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Jason Statham’s fourth collaboration with Guy ritchie unfortunately not successful. I can’t even recommend Wrath of man for action scenes. It is a disappointing effort on all fronts. Wrath of man is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Miramax production. It will be released in theaters on May 7 by United Artists.
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