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Film Review: Wrath of Man

This slick new action thriller from Guy Ritchie stars Jason Statham.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ director Guy Richie and ‘tough guy’ actor Jason Statham team up yet again in latest action thriller film, Wrath of Man. Based on the 2004 French film Le Convoyeur, this film is all about revenge. What do you do when there is no one left to love, and your only son murdered?

In Wrath of Man Jason Statham is simply referred to as H and is the central character on which the film is based. He plays his usual trademark role – the badass, sarcastic, and fearless tough guy. The action begins within five minutes of the opening credits, with the callous murder of his son during a cash truck hoist.

The film’s plot sounds simple. After the murder of his son and failed attempts by his crew to find the men responsible, H joins the cash truck security company as a security guard. His sole mission: to find the men responsible and kill them himself. However, it is far more complex.

The plot thickens with the integration of prelude scenes and embedded narratives, resulting in unexpected turns and surprising (dis) loyalties. With much of the dialogue brief and suggestive, overtures abound, enhancing the uncertainty and heightening the mystery. Repetition of the same piece of background music (composed by Christopher Benstead, another of Guy Ritchie’s longtime colleagues) also adds to the anticipation of each upcoming action scene.

Starring Mind Hunter’s Holt McCallany and Josh Hartnett as his coworkers, Godfather’s Andy Garcia as King, The Outpost’s Scott Eastwood as Jan, and Sicario’s Jeffrey Donovan as Jackson,Statham as the protagonist is supported by a multi-talented cast. The line-up of actors in this film are familiar characters in the crime syndicate mob action genre, and they do it well.

 It really is a thriller, with a plot just as juicy as the action.

All-round thriller, with a plot just as juicy as the action 5 stars

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