Jason Statham Takes Centre Stage
By Nirupa Mohan Dore Ceylon Today Features
Jason Statham takes the lead as Harry ‘H’ Hill, a mysterious new security guard, in the new action thriller, Wrath of Man. Statham once again delivers what he is known for, with straightforward firepower, as he guards cash trucks from criminals, but his own personal motives, unfold, as the film progresses forward. The film based on Cash Truck (2004) by Nicolas Boukhrief, features H as a man on a mission, but manages to give viewers a chance to get to know him, with his own co-workers wondering how the new member of their staff, seems to be very well trained.
People around H become curious after an attempted heist of his truck, results in H shooting every one of the men trying to rob them. The film does eventually reveal the reasons behinds why he works as a cash truck security guard but manages to provide action with a clear focus. Those who have watched other action films that stared Statham, would know that he has always done well in similar roles, in terms of his ability to deliver, but taking a closer look at the script, this film does not have anything new to offer its audience.
Wrath of Man also stars Jeffrey Donovan as Jackson, Eddie Marsan as Terry, Josh Cowdery as Hubbard, Holt McCallany as Bullet, Laz Alonso as Carlos, Scott Eastwood as Jan, Niamh Algar as Dana, and Chris Reilly as Tom, alongside several other skilled individuals as part of the movie’s ensemble cast. The 119-minute film by director Guy Ritchie, who produced the film together with producers Bill Block and Ivan Atkinson, was made in collaboration with production companies Miramax and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
The film’s release was delayed from January this year, due to the COVID19 pandemic and is now making its way to cinemas around the world, with fans of Statham eager to watch his new movie. “Rated R for strong violence throughout, pervasive language, and some sexual references,” Wrath of Man managed to receive moderate to positive ratings with 63 per cent featured on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.5/10 on IMDb.
It is interesting to take a closer look at the fact that this is Statham and Ritchie’s fourth feature film collaboration, after Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and Revolver, which released in 1998, 2000 and 2005, respectively. This year we have seen a few good action films like Nobody (2021), that feel like they focus purely on action, similar to the John Wick film series. Wrath of Man manages to reach the level of expectation that both fans of Statham and fans of other similar films demand but manages to do it, with fans of the star in mind, using the plot to work towards his strengths as a popular actor.
This is a film that many will appreciate for the simple fact that it maintains a straightforward storyline, that rolls out casually as the story progresses, without dwelling on it. Giving fans of Statham action that can be predicted like other films in the genre. Wrath of Man is a movie that fans of Statham will enjoy, while others might find It to be too like what is already out there.