Plot: What’s it about?
There are some actors, both in the past and present, who would do anything to avoid being typecast. There are others, however, who seem to relish it. Jason Statham, for example, is one of the latter. And hey, I suspect he’s fine with it. He’s an internationally-renown actor who makes millions of dollars for every movie he’s in. We should all be so lucky. But he, like Liam Neeson, seem to be drawn (or offered) the exact same script for every movie they’re in. I suppose casting is easy with these two, though. But for every actor out there who wants to spread their wings and showcase their multitude of talents, there are others who know what they’re good at and stick with it. There’s an argument for both sides. Case in point, we’ve got Wrath of Man – the newest offering from Guy Ritchie. Let’s take a look.
“H” (Jason Statham) is essentially the same character that Statham plays in every film, an intense somewhat likeable individual. He gets a jog working as a guard for an armored car company. He’s trained and then deemed “overqualified” for the job and, of course, he is. His true motive is that he’s looking for Jan (Scott Eastwood), someone who’s connected to a series of robberies and who may or may not have a connection to “H”‘s past. As we might imagine, there’s the obligatory robbery, a few car chase scenes and bullets galore. In other words – your typical Jason Statham/Guy Ritchie film. And we even get Andy Garcia in a phoned-in role.
I’m willing to bet that those who had no idea what this film was about would figure it out in under five minutes. Hell, just seeing Ritchie’s and Statham’s name alone would dictate most of the plot. But Ritchie’s films, for me, have always had a way of keeping my attention. And this one has that as well. It’s entertaining and even though I didn’t feel myself challenged too much intellectually, I seemed to enjoy the ride. Films about revenge are often pretty straight-forward as is this one. But with two people involved who know what they’re good at, you can do a lot worse.
Video: How’s it look?
Fans of Guy Ritchie films will know what to expect as his films have a certain look to them. I’m a fan. The film has several dark sequences, so don’t expect this one to be bright and cheery (most of Ritchie’s films aren’t). With this version we do get a 4K image that’s nothing short of amazing. I’ve been a fan of how Guy Ritchie’s films look and this one pulls no punches (pardon the pun). The HDR offers some more depth to the scenes, texture and detail have been improved and I’d go so far as to say it’s more than an incremental upgrade. It’s certainly indicative of what a new to the format film should look like. No complaints.
Audio: How’s it sound?
Another benefit to this 4K disc is that we’ve got a Dolby Atmos mix on the 4K disc (the Blu-ray still sports the DTS HD Master Audio mix which is certainly no slouch). Both of them have some moments to shine, though anyone in their right mind would have to opt for the Atmos track. And in those moments, the mix was pretty immersive providing some ample surround sounds, the LFE got involved and I was digging it. Vocals are spot on, showcasing Statham’s grizzly, deep voice in every scene.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- Theatrical Trailer
The Bottom Line
Wrath of Man is certainly entertaining. But, then again, it’s just like every other Jason Statham movie he’s made. It’s more of the same, to be blunt. If, for some reason, you waited and didn’t get the Blu-ray on the off chance that this would be released in 4K with an Atmos track – well good for you – the wait is over.