REVIEW: I Am Wrath (2016) | ManlyMovie

REVIEW: I Am Wrath (2016)


I wonder if John Travolta watched the movie ‘John Wick’ then, perhaps before he’d even finished watching it, called up his agent and said; “We gotta make a movie like this, can you get me a movie like this?”.  From Hannibal Classics and about 14 other investor companies comes this shockingly egregious rip off.  Not just of John Wick but also with ‘inspiration’ from Taken as well.  However, in this movie scenes that were supposed to be serious repeatedly prompted bellylaughs from me, we’re floating around ‘so bad it’s good’ territory here.  I genuinely had to Google this movie and check that it was intended as a comedy.

The film opens with a montage of cop shootings, most of which look deserved, many of them look real.  Hell they must be, because more effort was apparently put into those shooting scenes than the big shoot outs in this movie. The intro is to set the tone that violence is rife, society is decaying and our politicians are not doing enough to help. Shortly aftwards, John Travolta is walking his wife to their car.  Some pissants demand three dollars, but Travolta is a ‘D-Fens’ mood, which prompts his assailants to stab his woman in the neck.

After the cops do nothing, Travolta heads home and breaks down a dry wall section of his house to reveal an MP5, passports and such.  This is the first blatant rip off from John Wick, where Reeves dug out weapons from his basement with a sledge.  We then learn that Travolta is ex black ops, and heads over to a friend (Christopher Meloni) who was also in the service to help him out.  At this stage, we’re ripping off Taken.

The film is laughable for several reasons.  Take the first reprisal, we’re supposed to believe that Travolta and Meloni are a pair of hot shot wet work pros, and yet they don’t notice that people are standing around taking photos of them dumping a body in the garbage, something that comes to have severe repercussion.  This ineptitude is repeated throughout the movie with hilarious botches like Meloni being flanked by some gangbanger then falling down the stairs, anyone who’d just walked in might have been forgiven for thinking it was a black comedy.  Meloni by the way, does most of the heavy lifting, saving Travolta over and over – why didn’t they call it, ‘We Are Wrath’, or, ‘My Buddy Is Wrath’.  It’s almost like a sequel to Wild Hogs, only trying to be serious.

The action scenes are funny.  Such as the one where they rip off the John Wick night club scene, right down to the lighting, or even better, the part where John Travolta fights a man with a sword.  This has to be the single worst instance of doubling I’ve ever witnessed in a motion picture.  They just have some dude wearing the same clothes as Travolta fighting his opponent (can you do those scenes for me?) and absolutely zero attempt is made to cover it. And in between all this stuff, you have acting that belongs in an SNL skit.

Elsewhere, Paul Sloan plays (one of) the baddies in this movie.  And I have to say, he was my favourite part of the movie in the serious sense.  Sloan looks like the real deal, fearsome, imposing.  Too much for John Travolta with his ill convincing attire and tough guy face, I got the sense that one guy would simply destroy the other.  But he (Sloan) is underused and wasted. Finally, what finishes this movie off and sends it beyond redemption is that old favourite VOD-killer… the God awful script ‘twist’.  Oh man just fucking stop it.  In the 1980s when Charles Bronson was doing this thing way, way better, all involved knew that it should be kept simple.



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    Jacob Phillips

    April 16, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I had a feeling this would be bad. Lol: “My buddy is wrath”

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    April 16, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    From the same Chuck Russell who made “Eraser”? Damn…

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    April 16, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    i actually enjoyed the film a lot. i give it 8/10

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    Just Some Polack

    April 16, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Shit, I actually wanted this to be good. Still going to check it out someday, but without any expectations.

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      June 24, 2017 at 10:50 am

      It is fine. this article is silly. It is not great. But it is fine.

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    Mucho Macho

    April 16, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I still believe I will enjoy this film.
    A cheesy vigilante B movie is still better to me than any Merchant Ivory crap my girlfriend may force me to watch.

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    April 17, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Yup!.It’s just another junky VOD dog.Has everyone forgotten how to do this sort of thing?.Was a time when plenty of old hands running out the clock on their careers or young turks embarking on theirs would have known how to serve up a credible revenge thriller. Not any more..I still can’t understand why these flics are so bad. …I suspect it’s because they despise the intended audience.They think we don’t deserve any better..Any effort would be wasted on us..

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    Barney Ross

    April 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Travolta is GAY i supported his movies until i found out he was a FAG

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    Barney Ross

    April 19, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Ok i’d give this a 5.5/10, i watched it with my pal he gave it 5 said it was boring, i myself gave it like 6/10 so 5.5 average is my score.

    Travolta looks bored, he also looks like he got fake hair, and some bottox in his chin hole hahaha it disapeered all of sudden?

    Christopher Meloni was badass i don’t even know who thye fuck dfoes this guy comes from but he kicks ass and was better than Travolta, he stole the show.

    Good directing from Chuck Russel but that was the only good thing about it, his directing skills. The script was trash.

    I Am Wrath = 5.5/10
    From Paris With Love = 8/10

    Eraser = 10/10

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    June 24, 2017 at 10:55 am

    What a dumb ass review.

    Yes, it is not a great film….. but it is endearing enough.
    The point IS that these guys are OLD and trying to be heroes. (Missed the guy taking photos through the fence)

    Riping off Taken and Wick:
    Is this reviewer 12 years old? Digging up old guns or going on revenge and contacting an old partner or contact has been in movies LONG before Wick and Taken. Has this guy not seen and revenge movies before 2010?