Grade: B + … Wrath of Man is a heist/revenge movie fueled by the death of a son.
Throughout the years of movies, there have been many revenge storylines used to entertain audiences of all ages. It is safe to say that the “Taken” series with Liam Neeson has taken pole position in many minds when a revenge movie is mentioned. The storyline of man getting justice for his family will always be intriguing and entertaining because it is oftentimes relatable.
In director Guy Ritchie’s latest gift to the big screen, British action star/tough guy Jason Statham takes on the role of “H” in a fun and violent heist movie to find his son’s killer. This is no Ocean’s 11 heist, “Wrath of Man” could easily be mistaken for a storyline within the popular video game Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA 5). There is a cash truck heist scene in GTA 5 and the plot for that scene is somewhat similar to “Wrath of Man.” The game really only lacks the family revenge aspect.
“Wrath of Man” features a decent supporting cast alongside Statham. Josh Hartnett, Andy Garcia, and Holt McCallany all do great jobs in their roles. McCallany steals the show being a complete jerk (to be kind).
While “Wrath of Man” does tout a good amount of action scenes, it is nowhere near the level of action you will find from movies like “The Transporter” or “Hobbs and Shaw.” It seems Ritchie chose to focus more on the heist part of the story instead of serving up a massive helping of violence. If you have seen Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” movies with Robert Downey Jr., you will be right at home with how Ritchie handles the action. In the “Sherlock Holmes” movies, Ritchie showed the audience exactly what was going to happen to the character Holmes was fighting before it happened. Sort of like an action plan. In “Wrath of Man” you get to see the whole heist plan described before it takes place in the movie. “Wrath of Man” also is told in a way that jumps around in time, sometimes it was hard to keep track but it made sense in the end with each unfolding of the story.
The cinematography and sound were well done and both helped to keep you engrossed in the movie. I saw “Wrath of Man” on a huge IMAX screen with a loud sound system and the sound definitely enhanced the movie.
“Wrath of Man” snuck onto the big screen on May 7th, 2021 and it helped kick off the summer box office season. Something that was missing last year, that I am extremely happy has returned. Grab your friends and go see it on the biggest screen you can find, you will have a blast!