The revenge thriller Wrath of Man starring Jason Statham was the leader of the coming-back-in-some-capacity box-office when it opened weekend of May 7, 2021. Directed by Guy Ritchie, this United Artists Releasing and Miramax production made $8.1 million domestically on it's opening weekend.
This is a dark heist revenge film, produced by Guy Ritchie, Bill Block and Ivan Atkinson, and written by Ritchie, Atkinson and Mark Davies but it is not as good as Richie’s previous outings. It’s convoluted and not worth the mental mathematics it keeps putting us through and refuses to answer.
The film opens with an armored truck being robbed and people killed. The storyline has serious and mysterious Statham "H" working as a new security guard for an armored-car company. He surprises co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during a heist. So who is this man of mystery? We see he is a man out to settle a score.
Statham has been in three of Ritchie’s early movies including their breakthrough Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels but Wrath of Man is not one to remember. It is a remake of the 2004 French revenge thriller Le Convoyeur. It’s intense and filled with gun violence, revenge and lots of blood. Sounds good, right? Wrong. The first half is better than the second half for sure. It's non-stop action with non-stop shooting and that may keep your attention but the problem is that it is so confusing that following the bouncing ball becomes not worth the popcorn. It does not come together, it does not gel in the way an action revenge film should. So many questions are never answered. Many plots but little pay off. It has a plot that takes on a life of its won every which way you turn but the holes never get filled. The entire film got in its own way. Don't producers sit and watch it and pretend they never read the script for those who need payoff when you introduce a plot twist or motivation?
And the biggest thing missing? Ritchie's sly humor lines are no where to be found. His signature. So needed. The ending? well let's just say it's not what you'd want, expect, hope for or paid for.