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WRATH OF MAN review – Good mindless action from the mind of Guy Ritchie

DirectorGuy Ritchie
Starring: Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hartnett, Chris Reilly, Laz Alonso, Raúl Castillo, DeObia Oparei, Eddie Marsan, and Scott Eastwood
Movie length:
 1 hours 59 minutes

WRATH OF MAN is based on the 2004 French action-thriller CASH TRUCK, and had its script written by Guy Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson, and Marn Davies. Even though this is a Guy Ritchie movie it didn’t feel like one of his movies. It’s like getting great ingredients and putting no soul in to it.

The general plot of this movie is Patrick Hill’s (Jason Statham) son gets killed and he tries to find the murderers John Wick style. Jason Statham does a great job at being Jason Statham, he doesn’t take shit from anybody and has a few funny one-liners, like “no you eat a dick.” So this movie doesn’t really have a protagonist or antagonist there’s just people getting shot in the head, in a nutshell that is this movie.

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Guy Ritchie is known for explaining everything in his movies from different angles and explains everybody’s motif and where everybody comes from. Here it feels like he wasn’t even in the writer’s room at all. Things just happen throughout the whole movie without any explanation who these people are why are they doing this what happened to them? Nothing gets explained in this movie which is strange for a Guy Ritchie movie.

This movie is also very dark and cynical, but it does brighten up a bit with jokes sprinkled in that actually did make me laugh throughout the movie. But it was missing that magic that we have come to associate with Guy Ritchie (or at least I have). It almost feels like SNATCH, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., and THE GENTLEMEN were all passion projects and this was just a job. All I’m saying is that not much thought was put into this movie in my opinion. When the movie ended, I felt like I still didn’t know who half the people in this movie were and that is not a good thing. Yes I don’t want exposition and stuff spoon-fed to me but no exposition is also not a good thing. 

Photo credit: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures © 2021 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved

Guy Ritchie movies have always had unique kills, but in this movie everybody just gets a bullet to the face and that’s it. Sure there is a little more to it than that but for the most part whenever you think something clever is going to happen, a person is getting a bullet to their face.

And another thing Guy Ritchie is known for in my opinion is spectacular endings, they always have suspense and leading up to the big climax of the movie. Which unfortunately is not present here. The movie ends very anticlimactic which leaves you scratching your head like that’s it?

Overall if you like mindless action and don’t care about learning people’s names or who the people in the movie are then I feel like you will have a good time with this movie. But if you’re the type of person that likes to connect with characters on the screen, then this movie might not be for you because the Lego / puzzle pieces are missing in this box set. 

I give this movie a C+ for Cash Truck.

WRATH OF MAN is now showing in theaters.

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