Wrath of Man

This movie looks positively badass. It’s a remake of the French action movie Le Convoyeur. It stars Jason Statham, which is a good sign. It was directed by Guy Ritchie, also a good sign. And Ritchie co-wrote it with two writers who worked with him on the excellent 2019 film The Gentlemen. I just have to see this movie.

The problem is, it’s out in theaters on May 7. That’s about five weeks away. And the theaters here in the Empire State are currently closed. I sincerely doubt that they’ll be open by May 7. I can only hope that it will be available to stream soon. Or maybe on disc. I still buy physical media when the spirit moves.

Here’s the trailer.

The Return of Guy Ritchie

OK, the title of this post is a bit misleading. Guy Ritchie never really went away. But it’s been over a decade since he last gave us a tour of the gritty-yet-quirky corners of the British underworld. Said tour consisted of 2008’s Rocknrolla, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Well, it appears that he’ll be returning to his old stomping grounds with The Gentlemen, which is due to be released later this month. The trailer looks promising.

I don’t get out to the movies often these days, but I just have to see this one on the big screen. It’s due to hit theaters in the US on January 24.

smash and grab, London-style

Last week, Brent Cross Shopping Centre, located just north of London, was the scene of a pretty dramatic smash and grab robbery. Six men on three motorcycles hit the Fraser Hart jewelry store just after 10 AM last Tuesday. Armed with bats and axes, the men smashed cases and stole expensive watches and jewelry. They rode off several minutes later with an estimated $3.2 million in merchandise. Not bad for less than an hour’s work. The bikes were found abandoned at a golf course not too far from the mall. Here’s a video of the robbery, taken from one of the mall’s security cameras:

I have to give them credit, these guys were pretty slick. This thing just begs to be made into a movie. Maybe with Guy Ritchie directing. Jason Statham would have to be in it, of course. And maybe Stephen Graham and Tom Hardy. Ray Winstone would be perfect for the lead detective on the case. Any other casting suggestions?

friday movie quote

“You see that pack of Virginia killing sticks on the end of the piano?… All you need to know about life is retained within those four walls. You will notice that one of your personalities is seduced by the illusions of grandeur – the gold packet of king size with a regal insignia, an attractive implication toward glamour and wealth, the subtle suggestion that cigarettes are indeed your royal and loyal friends. And that, Pete, is a lie. Your other personality is trying to draw your attention to the flip side of the discussion, written in boring bold black and white, is a statement that these neat little soldiers of death are in fact trying to kill you. And that, Pete, is the truth. Oh, beauty is a beguiling call to death and I’m addicted to the sweet pitch of its siren. That which starts sweet ends bitter, and that which starts bitter ends sweet. That is why you and I love the drugs. And that is also why I cannot give that painting back. Now please, pass me a light.”

-Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell), RocknRolla (2008)