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My Thoughts on: Wrath of Man (2021)

Before today, the last film I saw in theaters was Onward, all the way back in March 2020 (right before everything locked down). Fourteen LONG months later, I finally sat down in my local movie theater to watch Wrath of Man, starring Jason Statham, and I couldn’t have been happier with my choice.

Wrath of Man, directed by Guy Ritchie, is a revenge film that is admittedly a bit by rote in terms of the plot points it hits, but please don’t let that stop you from checking this film out. The story may be predictable but it is still entertaining. The film’s story follows “H” (Jason Statham), a man on a mission that unfolds a little unevenly (as the film does skip backwards and forwards in time) in the wake of a robbery gone bad. Statham is great in this film playing a man on the edge of going completely psychotic. It’s not the most action filled role he’s ever done (it’s nothing like his role in The Expendables series or his work in The Fast Saga for instance) but there’s enough to satisfy any fan of Statham’s previous work.

Rote plot aside, the part of this film I enjoyed the most (and I suspected I would) was the film’s soundtrack, which I’ve already reviewed. Composed by Chris Benstead, the music for Wrath of Man, as I’d hoped, really does reach out and grab you by the throat, forcing you to pay attention to it. I love this soundtrack even MORE now, because of how much it elevates the film. It raises the tension, it makes you feel every pulse-pounding moment, soundtracks like this are why I love talking about film music so much.

Going back to the plot, while it is very by-the-numbers, I think there is an important message in there. If you look at who the ultimate culprits are, I think Ritchie was trying, on some level, to say something about how screwed up the US is. Maybe if a certain part of society were better taken care of, this entire plot situation might have been avoided. As it is, it felt entirely too plausible given how messed up the news has been in recent months.

I also have to say I really like how the film is split up into individual acts (denoted with title cards). It helps measure the progression of the story, and I like how the title card is quoted in each section of the film. I don’t know why, but that’s a film element I’ve always liked.

Is Wrath of Man a masterpiece? Well, no, it’s too rote for that. But it is a good popcorn film and I wouldn’t say no if someone asked me to watch it again. Acting-wise, Jason Statham is the best part of this movie. Scott Eastwood is pretty good too (though I admit I didn’t work out which character he was until after the movie when I got home). Outside of that, the music is the single greatest part of this movie and I hope everyone checks out Chris Benstead’s great soundtrack.

Let me know what you think about Wrath of Man in the comments below and have a great day!

See also:

Soundtrack Review: Wrath of Man (2021)

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Soundtrack Review: Wrath of Man (2021)

Sony Music Masterworks has released the Wrath of Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by composer Chris Benstead. Available everywhere now, the album features score music written by Benstead for director Guy Ritchie’s latest action thriller starring Jason Statham. The score is the latest collaboration between Benstead and Ritchie, the duo having previously worked together on The Gentleman and Aladdin

Chris Benstead is a British film composer, arranger and Academy Award®-winning re-recording mixer. Chris received Oscar® and BAFTA awards for his work as re-recording mixer on Alfonso Cuaron’s masterpiece Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Chris’ unique skillset allowed him to mix and sculpt the music in an extremely immersive way, pushing the limits of surround sound and exploiting the new ‘Dolby Atmos’ standard.

Of the soundtrack for Wrath of Man, composer Chris Benstead had the following to say:

“The score for Wrath of Man is centered around the cold and mysterious character ‘H’. Super close-mic’d cellos and double basses were used (and abused) to created awkward and jarring stabs as well as angry and unnervingly dark textures. A stoic main ‘hook’ is constantly repeated in different guises to help amplify the sense of impending unease and, ultimately, revenge. Sometimes only percussion was needed to create the brutal and exigent action cues. It was an amazing experience to collaborate with the utterly brilliant Guy Ritchie once again.”

I’m probably guilty of saying this too often, but I really enjoyed listening to the soundtrack for Wrath of Man. This is the kind of soundtrack I live for hearing, because it’s the type of music you feel in the very depths of your soul (yes it really is that good). Benstead uses the cello and double bass in a way that is pure genius. Normally, I think of those two instruments as producing warm and gentle music. Not here, not this soundtrack. Benstead turns the cello and double bass into weapons, making sharp, jagged sounds that cut through everything else and demand your attention. This is not the type of soundtrack that just fades into the background, you’re going to notice this music.

I also absolutely love how Benstead utilizes percussion throughout the soundtrack. It sounds like gunshots in a lot of places (and I’m certain that was done on purpose) and gives the music a distinctly prickly feeling. It’s a nice contrast to the harsh sounds of the cello and double bass and serves as a reminder that this is not ‘comfortable’ music in any sense of the word. Once this music gets started, you are on edge and I love that so much about this soundtrack.

There isn’t too much more to say about this music without sounding repetitive. Chris Benstead has created a soundtrack that doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is: the music for (what is hopefully) a badass action film. This is one of the most purely enjoyable soundtracks I’ve heard this year so far, and I think all of you will like it.

Track List

1. Coffee Frother (3:29)
2. Wrath of Man (2:14)
3. Dangerous Job (2:17)
4. Tooling Up (3:09)
5. Bullet Taken Hostage (3:04)
6. F**king Lunatic (1:57)
7. Coroners Report (1:22)
8. China Town (0:55)
9. Dark F**king Spirit (3:58)
10. Know The Route (1:45)
11. Dougie (3:20)
12. Idolised You (3:40)
13. Built for Combat (2:03)
14. Porn Factory (3:34)
15. Precious Ornaments (3:24)
16. Staples Center (2:38)
17. Go to Work (1:44)
18. Number 1 Loses It (3:58)
19. 120 Million (2:04)
20. The Inside Man (4:42)
21. Wanna be Hero (5:36)
22. Come Out Little Piggy (4:16)
23. Bullet Executions (3:31)
24. The Victor (4:48)
25. Liver Lungs Spleen Heart (4:13)

Let me know what you think about Wrath of Man (and its soundtrack) in the comments below and have a great day!

See also:

My Thoughts on: Wrath of Man (2021)

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