Wrath of Man
- 118 minutes
- MA 15+
Together, their early films redefined the action movie genre. Now, for the first time in more than 15 years, superstar Jason Statham and visionary director Guy Ritchie team up for the explosive revenge thriller Wrath of a Man.
After a deadly ambush on one of its armored cars, Los Angeles-based Fortico Securities hires a mysterious new employee, Patrick Hill (Statham), who becomes known simply as "H."
As he learns the ropes from partner Bullet (Holt McCallany), H initially appears to be a quiet, keep-your-head down type simply there to do a job and earn a living. But when he and Bullet become the targets of an attempted robbery, H's formidable skills are revealed.
Not only is he an expert marksman who's equally adept at hand-to-hand combat, but H is also fearless, ruthless and lethal.
In truth, H is an undercover crime boss desperately searching for a way to avenge the murder of his beloved son.
His quest takes an expected turn when a cadre of ex-military men, led by the clever, calculating Jackson (Jeffrey Donovan), plots a once-in-a-lifetime heist that will bring them a windfall of millions.
What they fail to realize is that the high-stakes job will also set them on a violent collision course with the wrathful H.
Based on the French film Le convoyeur, Wrath of a Man features an all-star cast including Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hartnett, Niamh Algar, Laz Alonso, Scott Eastwood and Eddie Marsan.
The film is directed by Guy Ritchie from a screenplay by Ivan Atkinson, Marn Davies and Guy Ritchie. Bill Block and Atkinson are producers.
From the start, Ritchie realized there was only one actor perfect to play H, and it was Statham. "I've always been very keen on Jason Statham as an actor-in fact, I was the first person to use Jason Statham as an actor in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. I always thought that he should be a movie star, and I'm very happy to see he has become one. He's been on his journey, I've been on mine. But it felt like we should reunite, and I thought this would be the perfect story for Jason and me to be reunited on. It's not funny, this film. It's serious. It's very aggressive. We deal with the themes of vengeance, family, the sins of the father being visited onto the son."
As it happens, the star needed little in the way of convincing. "It was as simple as calling him up and giving him a two-minute pitch on what that film was," Ritchie says.
"I feel as though this film really does what it says on the tin-which is Jason Statham in an intelligent genre movie about revenge."