Looks like the fourth time is also the charm for Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie as they have teamed up once again to have the number one movie streaming on Amazon.
Wrath of Man stars Jason Statham as the mysterious “H”, real name Patrick Hill, who works for an armored truck company. Even though H comes highly regarded, his start is a rocky one, especially with Boy Sweat Dave (Josh Hartnett), over the fact that H is so mysterious.
H has a reason for being mysterious. Five months before Jason Statham’s character found his way to the armored truck company, H was known as Hargreaves, a crime syndicate boss. Reluctantly, H had taken a call to recon an armored truck for a robbery. H’s son Dougie is in the car with him so when H steps out, he tells his son to stay put. H then approaches a food truck opposite the armored truck depot. As he calls in the location of the truck, a different group of gunmen attacks the truck, killing the guards. Then they turn their sights on Dougie, who has witnessed everything. H is too late to save his son.
Jason Statham’s “H” has one mission and only one: find out who killed his son. His mysterious skills come into play early on when the armored truck company he works for gets hit and co-worker Bullet is taken hostage for a $2 million ransom. H goes along with Dave to hand over the ransom but instead shows expert marksmanship while taking out each kidnapper.
As H continues his pursuit of his son’s killers, he finds out that the group that hit the truck and killed his son is a group of ex-soldiers led by Jackson (Jeffrey Donovan). His right hand is Jan (Scott Eastwood) and the two play their bad guy roles with relish. Andy Garcia is also on board as FBI Agent King.
This is a revenge piece. This is a Jason Statham/Guy Ritchie film. The action is over-the-top as are the killings, the blood, and the gore. But that’s why we go see these, right? Jason Statham does Jason Statham things here, with precision, cold and calculating. Does he eventually complete his one true mission? The obstacles are many.
With the U.S. and the rest of the world finally opening up to the movie-going audience, Wrath of Man has enjoyed a dual release in theaters and on streaming. At the box office, Wrath of Man has led the early summer releases and has enjoyed a nice four-week run bringing in close to $23 million in the U.S. during that time and sitting at number four. Its world take so far is over $80 million.
Streaming is another story for the popular movie. Wrath of Man currently sits at number one on Amazon Prime even with its rental price of $19.99, which is actually a great deal if you have a few people watching it in front of your big screen with surround sound. The louder the better.
Wrath of Man marks the fourth time Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie have worked together, though it has been 16 years since their last entry, 2005’s Revolver. Statham made his feature film debut in Ritchie’s 1998 crime thriller Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, then followed that hit up with their 2000 pairing in Snatch.
For Jason Statham, Wrath of Man marks another solid entry into the crime-action thriller genre that he is so well known for. Statham has starred in other such movies as The Transporter as well as its two sequels, The Italian Job, Crank, and its sequel Crank: High Voltage, and of course, all three The Expendables movies.
Jason Statham also found himself in one of the biggest franchises in movie history when he joined the Fast & Furious franchise in 2013’s sixth FF film, Fast & Furious 6. He reprised his Deckard Shaw role in Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious, then he and Dwayne Johnson took the reins in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. It was a huge box office hit.
For the most part, Jason Statham knows what works and action crime thrillers are his wheelhouse. He has, on occasion, ventured out of that box. In 2015’s classic spy comedy Spy, Statham took on a hilarious role as Rick Ford, a CIA field agent who brings one hilarious scene after another to star Melissa McCarthy. Yes, it isn’t much a stretch for Statham in terms of action but the comedic turn he takes is fun to watch.
Jason Statham also ventured out with The Meg and while it was action-oriented, Statham played Jonas Taylor, a sea diver and former Naval Captain who goes in search of a 70-foot monster shark called a Megalodon.
While Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie enjoy the spoils of their fourth movie, they are currently working on a fifth. This one is tentatively titled Five Eyes. As it is Statham and Ritchie, expect the same blood, guts, and humor that the previous four have given fans. For now, though, head on over to Amazon Prime and check out Wrath of Man. Make sure you have your big screen for viewing pleasure and crank up that surround sound.