Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Josh Hartnett
Release Date: July 13, 2021
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8.5/10
Disc Rating: 6.5/10
Mysterious and wild-eyed, a new security guard for a cash truck surprises his co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during a heist. The crew is left wondering who he is and where he came from. Soon, the marksman’s ultimate motive becomes clear as he takes dramatic and irrevocable steps to settle a score.
Please Note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘Wrath of Man’ follows a quiet and mysterious new security guard for a cash truck company who is hired after making the bare minimum requirements, but quickly shocks his fellow employees when he turns into a precise, one man army during a random heist. As he begins to become familiar with the company and their workings, it soon becomes clear that he’s there for a specific reason and he has the skills necessary to hold his own against various threats, but an underlying need for vengeance seems to be the key factor for his new employment and the odds of anyone stopping his mission seems unlikely.
Directed by Guy Ritchie (The Gentlemen, Revolver) from a screenplay that he additionally co-wrote with Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davis; based upon the film ‘Le Convoyeur’, Ritchie does a great job at the helm of ‘Wrath of Man’ serving up a tense, well balanced vengeance thriller that’s quite unlike many of his previous outings. The film also benefits from a fantastic and well selected cast that includes Jason Statham (Revolver), Holt McCallany (The Ice Road), Jeffrey Donovan (Sicario), Josh Hartnett (The Faculty), Scott Eastwood (The Outpost), Andy Garcia (The Mule), Eddie Marsan (The Gentlemen) and more, with the majority each delivering pretty solid if not at least fully capable performances in their respective roles.
‘Wrath of Man’ is a tense, brutal and wildly enjoyable ride that rejoins filmmaker Guy Ritchie and star Jason Statham, yet in a very different type of beast than Ritchie is often known best for. Playing largely like a straight forward vengeance thriller with more than enough violent fun and action packed excitement throughout, Statham tears through the onscreen adversaries with calm precision and vigorous force, balanced by a great supporting cast that helps it to work so smoothly and keep our attention from ever wavering in the slightest. It may be far less humorous than what we’ve become familiar with when it comes to Ritchie’s more standard fare, but ‘Wrath of Man’ is still fantastic in its own right, just in a far more dramatic and tense manner that works perfectly for this dark tale of one man on an unwavering mission for vengeance. Constantly serving up emotional tension even when it’s not unloading shotguns, this one shouldn’t have any trouble whatsoever keeping you glued to the screen for its duration. I would thoroughly encourage fans of Guy Ritchie and/or Jason Statham, along with anyone who enjoys an old school revenge thriller that tears off at full speed and rarely pumps the breaks throughout to make a definite point of giving ‘Wrath of Man’ a chance whenever possible; odds are that you’ll be thrilled you did.
Overall, ‘Wrath of Man’ is an intense, action-packed ride with Statham at his finest that any action fans and fans of Statham and/or filmmaker Guy Ritchie will surely want to make a point of taking. One of those rare thrillers where it seems to have a purpose to every scene and moment, never for a second making us feel like they’re simply trying to fill time, ‘Wrath of Man’ only exceeds expectations and impresses every step of the way until its explosive conclusion. Offering up plenty of action packed excitement and keeping things tense and enthralling even when the action isn’t at full force, it’s a great film and a rewarding vengeance tale that always seems to be on point. In short, ‘Wrath of Man’ is highly recommended. For anyone that’s already intrigued it should easily be well worth the cost of a rental and a couple hours of your time.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Wrath of Man’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty great as a whole and provides a smooth, nicely detailed presentation from start to finish with a decent bitrate and no unexpected troubles or issues to be uncovered along the way. It holds up impressively even during the various darkly lit and fast moving sequences and never allows anything occurring onscreen to become negatively affected, let alone rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a solid high definition video presentation that should please fans of the film as well as newcomers.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack delivers a crisp, clean and hard hitting audio presentation throughout. Unfortunately, the release doesn’t include the 7.1 channel theatrical mix created for the film which probably would have only made the experience even more immersive with those two additional channels, although it does take full advantage of all five available channels at its disposal; sending gunshots, vehicle activity and background chatter along with plenty more zipping throughout the various speakers regularly, while always making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously remains clean and fully audible at all times. Overall, this is a solid 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that contributes some additional fun and tension to the overall viewing experience and sounds pretty great throughout.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Wrath of Man’ does not include any bonus content.
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Film Rating: 8.5/10
Disc Rating: 6.5/10
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