I am a fan of Jason Statham. I love his accent and his “tough guy” appearance. I also find him funny. One of my favorite scenes of his in it the film Fate of the Furious (part of the Fast and the Furious movie franchise) when he’s rescuing the baby from the plane. He looks so mean and tough, but that just proved that he has a soft side too.
Jason Statham stars in the film Wrath of Man, which is out TODAY on Blu-ray, DVD and digital. I was sent a copy of the film to review, which I was thrilled about because I really wanted to see the film.
This film is divided into four “chapters,” with the whole story making sense about half way through.
The film starts off with an armed robbery against and armored truck. The guards and a civilian are killed.
Not long after the deadly incident, a man named Patrick Hill (Statham) shows up at an armored truck company called Fortico Security, looking for a job. This is the very same truck company that was robbed earlier.
Hill (nicknamed “H”) gets the job, but he barely passes his skills tests, including shooting a gun which might be necessary in the event of an attempted robbery.
“H” does not seem to fit in all that well at first. His trainer, “Bullet,” takes him under his wing.
At one pick up, “Bullet” is taken hostage and to everyone’s surprise, “H” is able to free him from his captures with very little effort. If that wasn’t enough, at another run, there was an attempted robbery and once the would-be robbers took a look at “H,” they fled the scene.
Who is “H” really? Does he have something to do with the robberies? For someone who barely passed his skills tests, how is he such a sharp shooter and so skilled at self defense? To find out, you need to purchase or rent Wrath of Man. Look for it where ever movies are sold/rented.
As I mentioned earlier, this film is broken up into different “chapters.” It’s not until about half way into the film that viewers understand who “H” is and who is behind the armed robberies, and what their motivation is. I had an idea what was going on prior to seeing the movie, but I was wrong about the relationship of someone to “H.”
This is your typical Jason Statham kicks a$$ type of movie, which is fine for me. It can be a bit brutal at times, so I did close my eyes here and there (I’m not a fan of much violence). Of course, I think Mr. Statham is handsome too, so I didn’t mind watching the film just for him too (LOL).
I wish we knew a little bit of his backstory, prior to the part where he applies for the job with Fortico Security. It would have made more sense at the beginning of the movie, but I guess the film makers wanted who he was to remain a mystery a bit longer.
The film does bounce around a bit between flashbacks and present day. My husband asked me a few times if what we were watching was currently happening, or in the past (in his defense he was in the middle of paying bills when we watched the movie).
I thought the ending was pretty good. My husband was disappointed. Knowing it was a Jason Statham film, he expected more “fireworks” at the end of the film. I can certainly see his point. He kicks butt throughout the film, so I can see why my husband expected a bit more action at the end of the film.
Also appearing in this film (as well as Fate of the Furious) is Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood. Normally it’s Clint Eastwood whose kicking a$$ in films. In this film, Scott Eastwood’s character, Jan, is a bit of a sociopath who doesn’t care who he hurts (in this film it’s who he KILLS) to get what he wants in the end. Scott Eastwood looks so much like his father that it’s strange to see him in a “bad guy” role.
Andy Garcia also has a small role in this film. I honestly didn’t even know he was in this film. I don’t recall seeing his name in the opening credits. For such a fine actor, I was surprised that his role was so insignificant.
Singer Post Malone also appears (briefly) in this film. I didn’t even know he was an actor. The film makers made no effort to cover up his infamous tattoos, so I knew it was him the moment I saw him.
Overall I enjoyed this film. There is a lot of action and the storyline keeps you guessing throughout most of the film, and then when you learn the truth, you are rooting for “H” to seek out his vengeance on the bad guys.
I watched the digital version of the film. I’m sure there are bonus features on the Blu-ray/DVD version of the film.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free copy of the film in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.