As with most movie fans, as soon as I heard about Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie teaming up again for the first time in over a decade, and that they were working on a action/revenge film, I was sold. After returning to form with The Gentlemen, Ritchie follows it up with another solid film titled Wrath of Man. If you’re a sucker for long game revenge movies with just enough action peppered in, you’ll want to get in on the rage here.
Jason Statham stars as Patrick Hill, aka “H” as he’s called at his new job working at a armored truck company. Not much is known about him besides having a pretty clean record and being good at the job, which makes his co-workers suspicious of him. He’s shown the ropes by the always talkative Bullet (Holt McCallany) who introduces him to the tricks of the trade, as well as some of the people he’ll work with like Dave (Josh Hartnett).
Not long after getting used to the job, truck routes, and such, H, Dave, and Bullet are attacked by robbers, and this is where we learn there’s more to H than he’s letting on as he single-handedly kills all of the robbers and saves the money and lives in the process. From here, the film goes into a series of flashbacks showing who H really is and the real reason why he’s at this job and how he’s able to take out bad guys so easily.
To say more would ruin the story, but needless to say Guy Ritchie crafts quite the long game masterpiece here. Some might complain this film lacks his usual comedic flair that he’s known for, but there’s moments of it here and there. I enjoyed every minute of this slightly slow burn as I’m a sucker for when all the pieces come together after everything is carefully set up throughout a film.
Everything looks and sounds good too despite being a Blu-ray only release. The visuals are clean and the Dolby audio is good but not as great as it could be thanks to a lack of Dolby 7.1 or Atmos. As if to double down on doing the bare minimum, there’s also a lack of any special features or extras, leaving me to hope this isn’t a setup for a double-dip release in the near future.
Wrath of Man is an excellent piece that any movie lover will appreciate. Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie know how to get things done and they don’t disappoint, but this barebone release and the lack of a 4K UHD with HDR one is sure to incur the wrath of many. Even still, this movie comes highly recommended and is a must-see for Statham and Ritchie fans.