Wrath of Man

Wrath of Man ★★★★

Guy Ritchie takes not just a leaf but rather most of a forest out of both Denis Villeneuve and Michael Mann's 'how to make a brilliant crime thriller' playbooks, and in doing so delivers his best film in a very long time.

A smartly told saga of greed and vengeance where the goodies are questionable and the baddies are baaaaad, almost to the point of silliness. Former diver and occasional actor Jason Statham had a very simple job which thankfully his very limited range was perfectly suited to, Ritchie's not an idiot so casting him as a sort of British Charles Bronson basically felt like the lawful thing to do - it worked so well.

Though the ending was a tad underwhelming and a few of the supporting characters were effectively there for our hero to quip and shoot at - a bit of a waste of some great talent which is a thumbs down for me - Wrath of Man is paced beautifully largely thanks to the narrative skipping being well used and has a fairly simple script that's just a downright blast to sit back and treat your senses to.

I wonder what the original's like.

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