The thing with first run movies hitting streaming quickly or at the same time as theatrical releases, is that I see movies a lot earlier than I would. I highly doubt I would have seen Wrath of Man in the theatre. The last Jason Statham movie I saw in the theatre was The Transporter 2, and the last Guy Ritchie movie I saw in the theatre was Sherlock Holmes.
The bottom-line is that I would hesitantly recommend Wrath of Man for Jason Statham fans, and give it a 3 invincible armoured car guards out of 5 (would have been a 2 without Statham). There are parts of a fun action movie here, but additional storylines dilute it and actually ruin parts of the core for me.
I think I would have been upset if I had seen Wrath of Man in the theatre, specifically because of the cost. If I had paid good money for this specifically rather than for the streaming service that showcased it, I would have been kind of upset.
Now, if what you want is plenty of Jason Statham, youâ€™ll get plenty of Jason Stathamâ€”though less Jason Statham than the grease fight in The Transporter. If what you want is a compelling story, good pacing, and strong characters . . . well . . . no.
Guy Ritchie has never been known for deep characterization, but his usual character shorthandâ€”like in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, or Snatchâ€”worked really well to actualize the characters in a very short period of time, allowing large casts of memorable characters. That doesnâ€™t happen in Wrath of Man. I think there was an attempt to do it, but it failed. It could be that I was more forgiving of movies in 2000 than I am in 2021, but I didnâ€™t find any of the characters in Wrath of Man compelling.Read More »Disappointment of Man