#SheReviews Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man

April 30, 2021


Is there anyone cooler than Guy Ritchie? He makes groundbreaking films, is British so has a great accent and was once married to Madonna. Plus there is the fact that his best friend is David Beckham and he’s great mates with Brad Pitt and my teen crush Robert Downey Jnr. In his new film Wrath of Man he once again teams up with Jason Statham who you might remember was so good in my  favourite Guy Ritchie film, Lock , Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. 

Jason Statham is one of my sister’s celebrity crushes so she will be very jealous of my recent outing to the movies. SheSociety were so excited to be invited to an advanced screening of Wrath of Man at Event Cinemas in the Myer Centre. Thanks to Thinktank Communications and StudioCanal for this high voltage invitation. It was a full house to watch this private screening and we were not disappointed in this thrilling ride filled with action  from start to finish. 

Wrath of Man tells the story of a mysterious new cash truck security guard (Jason Statham ) who surprises his co workers during a heist in which he unexpectedly unleashes precision skills. His puzzled crew are left wondering who he is and where he came from. He becomes a hero, known only as ‘H‘ amongst his colleagues. Soon the marksman’s ultimate motive becomes clear as he takes some dramatic and irrevocable steps to settle the score.  

It’s been 15 years since director Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham redefined the action movie genre with hits like Revolver. Now they are back to their best with the explosive revenge thriller, Wrath of Man. Made in the style of John Wick, Wrath of Man, is a departure for Guy Ritchie. It’s considerably darker than previous movies and set in a gritty Los Angeles,  although most scenes were actually filmed in London, such is the magic of movies.

The film is an English language version of French thriller Cash Truck or Le convoyeur, which I will now be seeking out. Screenplay was by Nicolas Boukhrief, Ivan Atkinson, Bill Block and Andrew Golov. It was written, directed and produced by Guy Ritchie whose deft hand on the recent, The Gentleman, has ensured a return to the action thriller films his audiences love. This is a mainstream vehicle in every sense of the word with action aplenty from the very first scene. 

You‘ll be impressed by the star studded cast surrounding Statham which includes Josh Hartnett, Scott Eastwood and  Mindhunters Holt McCallany. Look out for rapper Post Malone as a robber. Dana, the only woman working in the hyper masculine world of cash truck delivery, is played with presence by Irish actress, Niamh Algar.

Yet realistically this is a Statham vehicle, where he plays the ultimate tough guy, who this time is a father, hollowed out by grief. The film features a series of time changes which show us the events leading up to his quest for revenge and the reason for his grief. He is fighting an unknown enemy so must be constantly vigilant and alert. Statham’s presence as the quiet but skilled gunman is very measured and of the calibre we’ve come to expect from this action superstar. 

If you like your action movies fast and furious, full of twists and turns, with a skilled ensemble cast and a high body count this one will be for you. We did not lose interest for a minute and with the skilled Guy Ritchie at the helm you know you’re in for an interesting ride with plenty of dramatic robberies, car chases, intriguing plots and well drawn characters with memorable names like ‘ Bullet’ and ‘ Boy Sweat Dave’. The blockbuster Wrath of Man is now showing across Australia. Fasten your seatbelts you are in for a wild ride.

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