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"He's a dark fucking spirit."
Boy Sweat Dave: Do you have any idea how dangerous this job can be?
Patrick "H" Hill: Some idea, yeah.

Wrath of Man is a crime thriller film directed by Guy Ritchie, based on the 2004 French film Cash Truck, and starring Jason Statham, Jeffrey Donovan, and Holt McCallany.

Patrick "H" Hill (Statham) is a new employee at Fortico Security, an armored truck service that transfers millions of dollars a month and is prime prey for professional criminals. Under the tutelage of "Bullet" (McCallany), H seems to be just another recruit, until he masterfully wipes out an entire team of skilled robbers who hit a Fortico truck. With ruthless efficiency and cold determination, the mysterious H continues to terrorize any potential criminals who target Fortico, intent on righting a wrong from his past for his own dark matter what it takes.

Standing out as a particularly dark entry in Guy Ritchie's filmography, the film was released internationally on April 22, 2021, and in the United States on May 7.


Wrath of Man contains the following tropes:

  • Anti-Hero: "H" is a murderer with few lines he won't cross to get what he wants. In actuality, he's a Villain Protagonist.
  • Asshole Victim: Several. Namely, Jan, Bullet, and the pedophilic traffickers Heargraves murders.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Crime boss Heargraves has the marksmanship and ruthless combat experience to back up his leadership of his organization. And most of his time at Fortico trying to find Jan is all done without assistance from his underlings.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Bullet, the seemingly upbeat and snarky Fortico employee, is actually an active part of Jackson's gang of robbers. As if to solidify his deceitful nature, during the final shootout, he uses his friendships with fellow guards to lull them into trusting him long enough to murder them all without hesitation.
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  • Black-and-Gray Morality: H may be a ruthless killer and crime boss who will stop at nothing to accomplish his goals, but he's up against the psychopathic Jan and his partners.
  • Blood Knight: The robbers are motivated primarily by money but some of them also want to relive the excitement of being in a combat situation once again.
  • Boom, Headshot!: H kills many of his targets this way. Bullet executes his fellow security guards with shots to the head as well, then gets his karma when Jan murders him the exact same way.
  • Bulletproof Vest: Both the guards and the robbers wear good quality vests which protect them against most body shots. However, they do not protect against head and neck shots which is how most of the fatalities occur.
  • The Cameo: Post Malone plays one of the robbers in the first robbery H has to deal with. He's also helpfully the only one without his mask on. He's also killed near the end of his one scene.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Heargraves subjects various criminals to horrid beatings and torments in an attempt to find his son's killer, to little avail.
  • Colliding Criminal Conspiracies: Once the backstory of the events is revealed, it turns out that everything was caused by two different gangs trying to rob the same armored car. One gang had better intel and did the robbery first with Heargraves and Dougie getting caught in the middle and being shot.
  • Darker and Edgier: Noticeably one of the darker entries of Guy Ritchie's filmography. While the World of Snark and Snark-to-Snark Combat that's a trademark of his Signature Style is littered throughout the movie, little of it is Played for Laughs like it usually would.
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: H scores a 70 on his entrance evaluation, the lowest passing grade, in order to avoid drawing attention to himself.
  • Enemy Mine: The Detective helps out Heargraves by giving him a list of suspects and telling him he will look the otherway as much as he can, as they are all scumbag criminals that would be better off the street. He even tells two detectives "let the painter paint" when they clearly identify who he is during an investigation.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Nasty gangster he may be, Heargraves undeniably cares for his son, and the entire movie goes down because he's out to avenge the boy's death.
    • Jackson is the leader of a team of armed robbers who are willing to kill if need be, but is also a genuine family man who cares deeply about his wife and kids.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Heargraves may be a cold and cruel crime boss, but even he expresses disgust at a group of pedophilic human traffickers.
    • Jackson's gang all express shock and outrage at Jan ruthlessly executing defenseless security guards and an innocent teenager.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Both H and Jackson's gang are violent criminals. H wants blood for his son's murder, and infiltrates the security company Jackson is targeting to exact his revenge.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Early in the film, it looks like H completely botches his marksmanship test. But as an eagle-eyed viewer can see, he hits the target where the lungs, heart, spleen and liver are.
    • The second group that attempts to rob H's armored car stop completely and run off once he steps out of the back, clearly recognizing him from somewhere. They're his old gang.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: Jackson's gang is a group of disgruntled ex-soldiers who have turned to a life of crime.
  • Genre Refugee: The movie is basically a heist movie but if the entire job was derailed by the crew having accidentally pissed off a London Gangster along the way.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: H fully reveals that he intentionally passed his entry exams with the bare minimum required score when he single-handedly headshots the robbers led by Post Malone.
  • Informed Ability: While they turn out to be right, H's co-workers at Fortico observe that he's overqualified for their job. Nothing particularly stands out to support their suspicions as H intentionally holds himself back for the entry exams and so far had only participated in a transport that goes off without a hitch.
  • Inside Job: The whole reason as to why Heargraves became a guard at Fortico. They were getting nowhere trying to find the guy who killed his son, leaving them to believe it was an inside job. So he got hired there to try to find out who it was. It was Bullet.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: Jackson is the leader of the most villainous robbers in the film, but Heargraves' real tussle is with Jan, one of Jackson's underlings.
  • Kill 'Em All: H is the only main character left alive by the end of the film.
  • Mangst: Heargraves never shows any outward emotion following Dougie's death. But it's clear through the amount of people he hurts, kills, and manipulates that he is very angry about the loss of his boy.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • Heargraves masquerades as "Patrick Hill" and fools pretty much every major character in the story, all to find his son's killer.
    • Bullet plays his part as a lovable, friendly truck guard to a T, successfully being Jackson's inside man and helping his team pull off truck robberies by leaking info.
  • The Mole: Jackson's gang has an inside man at Fortico. It's Bullet.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: It's subtle and only for a split second, but Jan seems to show at least an ounce of shock and possible remorse at killing Dougie. This was apparently confirmed by Word of God.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: In the climax, Jackson tries to betray and shoot Jan for being a loose cannon, but Jan slits his throat first. Mere moments later, Bullet also tries to kill Jan to keep the fortune for himself, only for Jan to, once again, get the drop on his treacherous partner and shoot Bullet first.
  • Not Me This Time: We get a sequence of various crooks being tortured for information about the robbery but they all protest that they had no involvement in that particular crime.
  • No, You: After Post Malone's robber character tells H to suck his dick, H's responsive Pre-Mortem One-Liner is to tell him to suck his own dick.
  • Oh, Crap!: A gang of robbers attack an armored car and force the guards to surrender. They then see H step out and they panic, drop the money and run away. They are working for Heargraves and recognize H as their boss. They have no idea what he is doing dressed as a guard and are terrified what he might do to them for messing up his plans and pointing guns at him.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: It's a Guy Ritchie movie. And twice more, in this case. The opening robbery is shown three times, with each subsequent time adding context to the event.
  • One of the Guys: Dana. She even makes a comment about someone critizing her for being in the male changing room.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: After being told by a wounded enemy to "suck (his) dick," H coolly responds by telling the man to "suck (his) own dick" before executing him.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Heargraves' mooks clearly fear that he will blame them for Dougie's death but he recognizes that only he and the killer are to blame. He even outright apologizes to one of his men for adding stress as they go through the list of possible suspects.
    • Halls, the armored car company owner, promotes H for his willingness to use violence against hijackers when his subordinate wants to fire H for that same action. Halls explains that nonresistance has been getting people killed, and firing the guy who fights back will demoralize the other guards even further.
  • Red Herring: When H is introduced to the other guards they are presented in ways that seem to suggest that one or more of them might be working for the robbers. Some are clearly disgruntled about their job, one seems to have a gambling problem, one appears particularly creepy and another is pissed off about being demoted. The only female guard is not happy about having to always prove that she belongs in the job. One guard suspiciously called in sick when the last robbery took place. In the end only Bullet is working with the robbers and the others are just normal working stiffs not happy about their jobs.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Heargraves bluntly informs Dana that he knows where her family lives, and if he sees cause to believe she is working against him, he won't hesitate to target them to keep her in line.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Jackson isn't shown in the trailers or ads.
  • Spanner in the Works: The entire depot job would've most likely gone over smoothly if it weren't for H's involvement with Fortico.
  • To the Pain: Heargraves gives Jan the coroner report of Dougie's death, making him read about how the bullets he fired hit Dougie's liver, lung, spleen, and heart. Heargraves then proceeds to shoot Jan in those exact organs to avenge Dougie.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The Reveal that H is actually a crime boss named Heargraves out to avenge his son comes at around the halfway point of the film. The trailers, more specifically the red band trailer, completely spoils it.
  • Tranquil Fury: Heargraves barely emotes beyond a scowl or raise his voice above Jason Statham's signature Cockney Guttural Growler voice as he kills his way to finding Jan. When he finally does him in, he's just as cold and calm.
  • Unknown Rival: It's not entirely clear if Jan remembers Heargraves as the man he shot after killing Dougie.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had Jan not shot Dougie during the botched armored tuck robbery it is unlikely that Heargraves and Jackson would have ever crossed paths, and the Fortico robbery would have gone as planned.
  • Villain Protagonist: What "H", aka Heargraves, actually is. He's a violent, immoral crime lord whose only concern is avenging his dead son—he has little to no care for the innocents killed in the process or the bodycount he amasses, so long as his revenge is completed.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Heargraves was just out spending time with his son and buying lunch from a food truck when Jackson's crew robs the Fortico truck and kills Dougie.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Jan executes an innocent teenager during the prologue robbery. Said teenager is H's son, and he intends to repay him in kind.
  • You Killed My Father: Inverted. The plot is about a father avenging his murdered son.


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