Wrath of Man

Wrath of Man ★★★½

Guy Ritchie's latest film is surprisingly un-Guy Ritchie-like, especially when you consider the plot as usual involving crime gangs, elaborate heists and Jason Statham.

Statham plays H, a man who gets hired driving armored cash trucks that are consistently getting robbed. He has a violent past though, and a specific purpose that is revealed as the film goes on. It's a pretty elaborate plot full of flashbacks and side characters, but for all intents and purposes it's a revenge film. It's actually really dark and morally grey a lot of the time, forgoing all of the humour that Ritchie's films are usually known for, save for some really awkward banter in the first act that I couldn't tell if it was supposed to be funny or not. I hope not.

It gets better as it goes on, with some genuinely suspenseful and well-done action sequences, even at times bringing Heat to mind. It's a solid film for what it is, although it definitely has a LOT of fat that could be chewed away. It's quite oddly structured and has a lot of the aforementioned awkward, stilted dialogue. I'm a big Guy Ritchie fan and this is a really interesting turn from him. It's far from my favourite of his, but I'm glad he's back to doing these smaller action movies, hope it continues.