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 out but refuses to answer. It opens with an armored truck being robbed and people being killed. The storyline has ultra serious and mysterious Statham working as a new security guard for an armored-car company. He surprises co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during a heist. Who is this man of mystery? We see he is one who is 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. It is non-stop action with non-stop shooting but the problem is that it is so confusing, following the bouncing ball becomes hard. It does not come together, it does not gel in the way an action revenge film should. So many questions are not answered. Many plots but they do not pay off. Once you figure out the players - it truly is convoluted-go-no-where journey. It has a plot that takes on a life of its own every which way you turn but the holes never get filled with poor writing. The entire film got in it’s own way. Richie’s sly humor is no where to be found, and in this one, it was needed. The ending? Nothing you’d expect, hope for, nor paid for.