Film Review “Wrath of Man”

Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hartnett, Laz Alonso, Raúl Castillo, DeObia Oparei, Eddie Marsan, Scott Eastwood
Distributed by: United Artists Releasing
Running time: 119 minutes

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

When you put director Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham in the same room, great things are bound to happen. “Wrath of Man” marks the fourth collaboration of the duo following Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000), and Revolver (2005). “Wrath of Man” is a non-stop fast paced rollercoaster ride. It’s a shoot first ask questions later kind of movie. Speaking of shooting, boy, is there a lot of shooting in it! Just from the trailer alone you could have expected that though. What’s good about this movie is that the trailer sold it for me yet without giving away too much.

Official Premise: 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.

Guy Ritchie is coming off last year’s The Gentlemen, which was another must-see gem! This film keeps the fire hot and allows Statham to continue his career as being Hollywood’s badass. He is so cool and collected through this film that he makes you nervous for him. Holt McCallany, aka FBI Special Agent Bill Tench on the Netflix series Mindhunter, gets a chance to deliver a solid role as well. I like this dude and I like that he gets to shine here. Josh Hartnett also pops up in the film, feels like we haven’t seen him doing anything recently, so it’s cool to see him kicking ass as well. Also music fans should keep an eye for a quick cameo from Post Malone.

I didn’t know this but this is based off the 2004 French thriller Le Convoyeur (aka Cash Truck) by Nicolas Boukhrief. I am definitely interested in checking out that film now as well. Hopefully it is as badass as this film. Also the score, by Christopher Benstead, should also get some props cause it keeps you on the edge of your seat during the film’s twists and turns. Let’s hope that this doesn’t mark the last time that Statham and Ritchie work together because this is yet another winner for both of them.

Blu-ray Review “Wrath of the Titans”

Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Warner Bros.
DVD Release Date: June 26, 2012
Run Time: 99 minute

Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Film: 3.5 out of stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars

When I first saw the trailer for “Wrath of the Titans”, I thought it looked super cool and a real improvement from  “Clash of the Titans”. Well, I really did enjoy it but I feel like it stands as an equal with “Clash”.  It improved on somethings but also ran in a few issues of its own.  I would rate the 3D version of this film with 4 stars, as it was really improved since was shot in native 3D. The film’s visual effects, creature designs and action scenes are simply breathtaking. They are also completely amped up from “Clash” and looks perfect in the film’s 1080p transfer. Although I still prefer watching this film in 3D. The audio is also perfect with its DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track.  My Blu-ray surround sound is still feeling the pain from its wrath.

The special features are decent but are only available within Warner’s Maximum Movie Mode.  There are two different experiences including “The Path of Gods” and “The Path of Men”.  With the “Gods”, you learn about the mythology behind Wrath of the Titans.  With ‘Men” we go behind-the-scenes with the production team.  There are over 30 minutes of Maximum Movie Mode’s Focus Point featurettes included as well.  There are three unfinished deleted scenes, runs over 10 minutes and were decent.  Not sure why they weren’t included in the final product.  If you are fan of the first film, you will love this film easily.  If you are a hater of it, you will also appreciated the improvement.

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Premise: Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson star once again as gods at war in “Wrath of the Titans”, under the direction of Johnathan Liebesman. A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kaken, Perseus (Worthington) the demigod son of Zeus (Neeson) is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades (Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramrez), switch loyalties and make a deal, with kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen gob Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.

Film Review “Wrath of the Titans”

Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes
Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
PG 13
Running time: 1 hour 39 mins
Warner Brothers

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The answer is YES. “Wrath of the Titans” is 100 times better then 2010’s “Clash of the Titans.” But wait, there’s more…

The film picks up many years after the first film ended. Perseus (Worthington), the son of Zeus (Neeson), recently widowed and raising young son Helius (John Bell), is living the quiet life of a fisherman. One night he is visited by his pop who tells him that because so many people have stopped praying to the Gods they are getting weak. If they get any weaker the world as the people know it will be destroyed. The source of that destruction is blamed on the common folk and their lack of prayer. Only after investigating does Zeus find that his brother, Hades (Fiennes), still bitter from the whole “sent to the underworld” thing, has teamed with nephew Ares (Edgar Ramirez) to release Kronus, the king of the underworld and father of Zeus, from where he has been seemingly forever. Kronus’ goal is to retrieve the lightning bolt of Zeus, the triton of Poseidon and the helm of Hades, which when assembled together will allow Kronus to defeat the Titans. Chaos ensues.

Featuring strong performances by Neeson and Fiennes, “Wrath of the Titans” features some brilliant effects (the fire and ash monster that is Kronus) and, though still converted, much better 3D then the last film. Which I’m sure will make Warner Brothers happy after the backlash the studio took from fans due to the horrible 3D conversion they shelled out good money for. The story is pretty much your standard mythological tale…monster threatens town/village/city/world and is eventually defeated by unassuming hero. Of course, the hero here is part man/part God, so he has a slight edge. The story has a more humorous tone as well, when Perseus encounters a trio of Cyclops. And, despite what I’m sure was against Worthington’s wishes (he spoke out very negatively about an appearance in the first film), Bubo the owl makes another appearance here.

I’d also urge you to get in your seats early as preceding the film is an incredible trailer for Peter Jackson’s upcoming “The Hobbit.” Worth an extra rating star all by itself!