'Wrath of Man': A Red-Band Trailer Released and What to Expect?
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With Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man opening in theaters this weekend, Jason Statham recently spoke about making the action-thriller.

The filmmaker Guy Ritchie has long shown an eagerness to take a whack at almost any blockbuster format a given studio is willing to offer him. Witness the noisome “Sherlock Holmes” period pictures he’s made with Robert Downey Jr., or his more recent live-action consideration of Disney’s “Aladdin.” But his most enjoyable movies remain the tough, nasty crime thrillers with which he kicked off his career back in 1999 with “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.”

His new “Wrath of Man” is such an item, although it’s more somber and less rollicking than the likes of “Lock.” It’s also a remake, of the 2004 French film “Le Convoyeur.” Ritchie fares better here with secondhand material than he did with “Aladdin,” not to mention “Swept Away” (2002).

What's the story about?

A mysterious and wild-eyed new cash truck security guard (Jason Statham) surprises his coworkers during a heist in which he unexpectedly unleashes precision skills. The crew is left wondering who he is and where he came from. Soon, the marksman’s ultimate motive becomes clear as he takes dramatic and irrevocable steps to settle a score.

Wrath of Man: Statham Kills Almost Everyone in Bloody Red Band Trailer

The official red-band trailer and first clip from Guy Ritchie's Wrath of Man feature Jason Statham's marksman leaving a trail of carnage in his wake.

The trailer showcases the level of violence that Statham and director/co-writer Guy Ritchie are bringing to the picture, with Statham's H almost casually putting bullets through his opponents. The biggest scene in the trailer features H and his fellow security guards being detained by robbers. H appears to comply with the robbers' demands at first -- then whips out his gun and starts picking them off one by one.

Watch the trailer here:

The clip, titled "Meet H," appears to take place sometime after that bloody confrontation. H is playing pool when one of his co-workers heckles him about his past. H is less than forthcoming, and offers to buy the man a beer if he leaves him alone.

Wrath of Man was originally slated to debut in theaters on Jan. 15, before moving to April 23 in light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is currently scheduled to premiere in theaters on May 7, following Disney's decision to move Black Widow to a July date, reported CBR.

'Wrath of Man': Jason Statham, Guy Ritchie bring action, friendship to fourth film together

“Wrath of Man,” the latest dose of testosterone-fueled swagger from Guy Ritchie, is a slick, vacant fizzle, a hodgepodge of stuff done better by other filmmakers. It's a slipshod, instantly forgettable action thriller where revenge is a dish served with a side of homophobia and a fragmented, needlessly convoluted narrative.

Here's what's unusual about this collaboration between Ritchie, who burst into the international movie scene with “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” back in the late 1990s, and that film's most high-profile cast member, Jason Statham: it's dead serious. Think “Death Wish” with a twisty makeover.

'Wrath of Man': A Red-Band Trailer Released and What to Expect?
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Director Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham have released their fourth action movie, the revenge thriller "Wrath of Man." It's their first project together in 15 years. "We've both been on our separate sort of journeys," says Statham. The two have been trying to come together onscreen for years.

"I'm always knocking on Guy's Ritchie's door. One, because I'm always with him, we've become very close friends over the years," says Statham.

Oh, sure, you know Ritchie. He never met an off-color joke he didn't like, especially involving male genitalia, and as the film begins, the emasculating putdowns, often with the suggestion of sexual contact between men hurled as a mighty insult, are tossed early and often. In one case, they're an offense punishable by gunfire. Coming after Ritchie's “The Gentlemen,” that unsavory A-lister ensemble piece featuring Hugh Grant as a lecherous swindler with the hots for Charlie Hunnam, this is par for the course and, sadly, to be expected.

‘Wrath of Man’ Review: ‘H’ Has Some Fury

Jason Statham plays Hill, a mysterious, taciturn tough guy who takes a job at an armored car company that recently was hit by murderous robbers. His trainer, called Bullet, shortens Hill’s name to “H.” “Like the bomb,” Bullet explains to a co-worker.

'Wrath of Man': A Red-Band Trailer Released and What to Expect?
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H proves his mettle by single-handedly putting down a truck hijacking, during which, in an inordinately satisfying moment, he takes out a punk played by the pop musician Post Malone. H’s co-workers hail him as a hero, but other characters wonder who exactly this guy is, and what he’s doing at this job.

As Kirk Douglas in “The Fury” and Liam Neeson in “Taken” have shown, there are certain men with whose family one ought not to mess with. Here Statham is one of them. The gravity of H’s true mission accounts for the movie’s tone. Ritchie reveals crucial story points with clever time-juggling editing, and keeps up the tension well into the movie’s climax, which delivers exactly what the viewer will have come to hope for.

Wrath Of Man Cast

Alongside Statham, American actors Josh Hartnett (30 Days of Night, Penny Dreadful) and Holt McCallany (Minhunter) co-star as members of H's crew. Musician Post Malone has a small role in Wrath of Man, as revealed by the trailer, while Raised by Wolves actress Niamh Algar portrays an investigator. The supporting cast also includes Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad), Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice), and Laz Alonso (The Boys).

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