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It's movies like Wrath of Man that legit make me fear Jason Statham. The man is suave, polite, and can carry on intelligent conversation. But then there's this mysterious nature about him; something that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and the air leave the room when he gets serious. That is exactly what the modern action stars are missing. Sure they can do the stunts and look good, but can they make you stop and hold your breath as you think "what's he about to do?" Statham can and he does on several occasions throughout this film.
Wrath of Man follows H, a man with a mysterious past who starts working at a security company responsible for transporting millions of dollars every week. It soon becomes clear that H didn't just happen upon this job and he's on a mission of his own.
Guy Ritchie is one of my favorite directors. He's made darkly comedic thrillers such as Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and he's made fun family films such as the two Robert Downey Jr Sherlock Holmes films and the Aladdin reimagining. Is there anything Guy Ritchie can't - or won't - make? In fact, Guy has worked with Jason Statham three times before (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and Revolver). The two are an incredible duo and will no doubt work together again when the time is right. Guy has the incredible ability to bring out the best in actors and you can bet that every performance is going to be top-notch.
Josh Hartnett was completely different in this film and I applaud him for it. He's done action films such as Hollywood Homicide and Lucky Number Slevin, so seeing Josh play a traumatized and scared character was new territory and he pulled it off tremendously.
The other actor that I absolutely have to brag on is Scott Eastwood. He upped the ante for his career with this film in so many ways. Sure, Scott's had serious roles over the past few years but none as dark as this. He allowed himself to push his own boundaries and that's important for an actor, otherwise you'll never grow. He's sure to nab some versatile roles after this outstanding performance.
The only negative thing I have to say about the film is the mid-section. Guy made the creative choice to stop the story progression and do two flashbacks, one sequence an appropriate length revealing H's backstory and one overly extended sequence revealing who the antagonists are and their backstories leading up to the events that started the film. The sequence goes even further, leading into the climax of the film from their perspective. It worked out, but it felt off because none of these villain characters are even introduced until the flashback. Shifting focus from main man H to them was a real twist in itself.
Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with the film. The amount of twists and turns there are in the film was enough to give Hitchcock whiplash. Outstanding performances, outstanding story. I give the film a 3.5 out of 4.
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