Wrath of Man (2021)


10/10: Top-Notch Action Remake of the French Original
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

British writer & director Guy Ritchie ranks as one of the undisputed masters of crime movies, and "Wrath of Man" lives up to his reputation both for its violent R-rated bloodbaths and its stoic action star Jason Statham. Statham reminds me of tough guy superstar Charles Bronson with his Neanderthal looks and his ripped physique. This gritty armored car robbery & revenge caper marks the fourth time Ritchie and Statham have collaborated since "Revolver" (2005), "Snatch" (2000), and "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (1998). Unlike Martin Scorsese, our own Oscar-winning cinematic godfather of crime, who specializes in mob movies, Ritchie displays greater range and versatility. Along with his contemporary brass knuckled thrillers, like "RocknRolla" (2008) with Gerard Butler and the Matthew McConaughey marihuana melodrama "The Gentlemen" (2018), Ritchie has no problem rotating between the past, with his two Robert Downey, Jr., "Sherlock Holmes" whodunits, and the present, with his big-screen adaptation of "The Man from U. N. C...

4/10: Unfocused & Unsatisfying
Thursday, May 13, 2021

Be warned, some spoilers ahead.So, you've got your typical Guy Ritchie "kerfuffle", a crime mystery flick with plenty of moving parts, that's also a Jason Statham vehicle.The main issue is that, unlike previous films of his, where he writes his characters into a corner, in which they need to find their own way out, the plot of Wrath of Man is full of convenience that favours either the protagonist or antagonist.On top of this, the non-linear storytelling drags a lot.The director is known for his fantastic montages, which take the information, emotions and action he wants to convey, and stylishly condenses it into an action packed sequence.Here, instead of conveying information in his flamboyant style, it's simply shots that already plainly convey the information we need to know, and then cut to another scene with a character blandly spelling it out.The title cards of "Three months later" and "6 weeks...

9/10: Another Ritchie Gem
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

I've always liked a Guy Ritchie film, and this one certainly doesn't disappoint. In fact it seems as if he gets more traction if he makes a film that isn't necessarily based on well known characters (considering that King Arthur really didn't go down all that well), though even if he does make a film that flops, he always manages to pick himself up again and make something different. In fact, he seems to be able to survives flops that would be career ending for some directors.Anyway, this film is set in Los Angeles and is basically about this guy that becomes a security guard in a cash truck. At first he seems to just fit the bill, that is until the truck that he is in is held up by some gangsters, and he suddenly shows his true colours. So, who is this guy? Well, we are given a bit of a look in...

7/10: Intense and grim heist movie
Thursday, April 22, 2021

This is definitely not your average Guy Ritchie film. It is not light-hearted, albeit there is some slick dialogues. It has no comic appeal, albeit there is a bit of dry humor. Think of shortened edition of Michel Mann's "Heat" rather than "Snatch" or "Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels", and you'll got some understanding of what it's all about.Jason Statham is perfectly fitting for the role of mysterious H., a character with dark past and blurred present. Again, it's not Statham typical B-movie action performance, since here thriller for the most part prevails over action. It's not entirely original work: Ritchie's film based on French Le Convoyeur (2004), but it's more of re-imagning than a direct copy or a straitforward remake.Starts like action-comedy, but then getting more and more dark, as new elements of the story introduced. At some moments plot is a bit hard to...

8/10: The fury of a patient man
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Just saw this film last night and it's not a mindless action film which is what I thought it would be its more dark mature statham is brillant as always in these roles he fits the mold here he plays a man who has his son murdered by a team of elite bank robbers who in the end turn out to be former army officers who turned bad for the profits of course which I like there's no convoluted reasoning behind their actions they just want money the best action scenes were at the depot in which everything goes wrong and alot of people die including characters who have no bearing on the plot but still it was nice to see them being taken down instead of everyone living at the end but the main baddie played by Scott Eastwood is a ruthless psychopath who in turn kills his former comrades I like the way guy Ritchie told...

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