Guy Ritchie is a writer/director who can run hot and cold. Last year, he stumbled a bit with the uninspiring The Gentlemen. However, he's back on track with the entertaining heist thriller Wrath of Man.
The movie (now in theaters), based on the 2004 French film Cash Truck, opens with an armored truck robbery that goes horribly wrong. A few months later, a mysterious man (Jason Statham) gets a job working as a driver for that armored car company, transporting millions of dollars at a time across Los Angeles. Soon, it becomes clear to Statham's co-workers and local crooks that the new guy is both not what he seems and not someone to be trifled with.
To reveal more about the plot would spoil the fun. The script jumps back and forth in time, but it never feels like a gimmick. It actually serves the story to tell it in that manner. Neither Statham nor Ritchie are breaking any new ground here, but they both deliver the goods.
After a pandemic year where not many new films were released in theaters, and the ones that were tended to be of the very serious variety, hopefully Wrath of Man will be the start of a summer full of fun genre fare on the big screen. Wrath of Man is currently playing at the AMC Elmwood Palace 20, the AMC Clearview Palace 12, and the AMC Westbank Palace 16.