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Review: ‘Wrath Of Man’ – Middling one-man army

Published:Friday | August 6, 2021 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer -
A scene from the action thriller, ‘Wrath of Man’.
A scene from the action thriller, ‘Wrath of Man’.
Jason Statham (right), stars as H in ‘Wrath of Man’.
Jason Statham (right), stars as H in ‘Wrath of Man’.
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Jason Statham is no stranger to action, but then, why would he be? He’s too grizzly to be a leading man in a romantic comedy, and he has a voice that’s great for making threats, but not exactly monologues. He’s the personification of toughness, and he does it well. No one knows this better than Guy Ritchie, the director of Wrath of Man, who also directed Statham in the actor’s first-ever film. It’s that understanding that makes this performance one of the best in Statham’s career.

Most of Statham’s screen time in this film is devoted to a simple look. A mean, menacing mug to ward off any unwanted company. Few actors could be as terrifying as he is, but few actors are as imposing as Statham. It’s an effective performance as a silent killer with the utmost focus on the task at hand: avenging the death of his only son. He’s not a man of many words, but when he has something to say, it’s, unfortunately, some of the worst dialogue. Even by action-movie standards.

If this review seems heavily focused on Statham, that’s because the rest of the cast may as well be non-existent. They’re forgettable, with the exception of Scott Eastwood, who sports a scar on his face to make up for his personality deficiency. This is a film about a man on the hunt for his son’s killer, no matter the cost. That cost never seems all that great. The cast members who are meant to oppose this one-man army seem to mildly annoy him rather than pose a threat. Wrath of Man tries its best to establish stakes but forgets to give you characters to care about.

While it’s not the best action film, it’s far from the worst. The gunfights in the movie are exciting, and its non-linear storytelling keeps the momentum going just when it starts to drag. The dialogue is still bad from the get-go and keeps going until it beats you into submission, but it’s a decent watch, with an intriguing mystery that manages to foster intrigue as it unfolds.

RATINGS

1. GOAT (Greatest of all time)

2. Big-screen Watch

3. Half Price

4. Catch It On Cable

5. Read A Book

Damian Levy is a film critic and podcaster for Damian Michael Movies.