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I Am Wrath (2016)

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A man is out for justice after a group of corrupt police officers are unable to catch his wife's killer.

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Chuck Russell

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Yvan Gauthier (story), Paul Sloan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Stanley
Christopher Meloni ... Dennis
Amanda Schull ... Abbie
Sam Trammell ... Det. Gibson
Patrick St. Esprit ... Governor Merserve
Rebecca De Mornay ... Vivian
Asante Jones ... Det. Walker
Paul Sloan ... Lemi K
Luis Da Silva Jr. ... Charley
Jordan Whalen ... Mike
Jayden Blake Cochran ... Jimmy
Caroline Kane Caroline Kane ... Jenna
Robert Forte Shannon III ... Nathan
Stacy Levi Stacy Levi ... Cathy
James Logan ... Lars
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A man is out for justice after a group of corrupt police officers are unable to catch his wife's killer.

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I lay my vengeance upon them. See more »


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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Columbus, Ohio, USA See more »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Being filmed in a small upper class suburb of Columbus, called Bexley, OH, hometown of actor Josh Radnor (Ted Mosby) of How I Met Your Mother. See more »

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In the barber shop, right after saying "There's definitely no stealing in the shop, either", Christopher Meloni exhales cigarette smoke. In the immediate next shot there is only slight residual smoke, high-up in the room. See more »

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Stanley: Are the arrangements satisfactory?
Stanley: They're fine.
Father Loomis: Then shall we join your friends to say goodbye to Vivian together?
Stanley: She's already gone.
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An entertaining diversion but largely forgettable
13 May 2016 | by ginocox-206-336968See all my reviews

"I Am Wrath" feels familiar. There is a trope called "mugging the monster," in which villains mistakenly target somebody with a particular skill set and receive their comeuppances in spades. Usually, the individual is reluctant to rely upon those skills or wants to suppress that part of their life. It was used to introduce Frank's martial arts talents in both "The Transporter" and "The Transporter Refueled." It may be a scene played for comic effect or to round out a character in movies like "Crocodile Dundee," an unexpected wrinkle in movies like "Air Force One," and occasionally the premise of the movie, as in "First Blood," "John Wick" or "A History of Violence." It is perhaps a sort of fantasy fulfillment for anybody who has been victimized. Wouldn't we all like to have the powers and abilities of a superhero, crime lord or kung fu master to turn life's misfortunes to our advantage and simultaneously discourage the criminals and jerks of the world from repeating or continuing their repugnant behavior?

IAW is not terribly original; however, it is competently executed. The villains are suitably sleazy, violent and remorseless. They aren't the vilest lot of malcontents by a long shot, but they provide a suitable level of threat. The plot is familiar, but is only an excuse for the action scenes. There are no car chases, pyrotechnics or extended scenes of unarmed combat, although there are a few brief fights. It's mostly threats followed by gunplay without any elaborate choreography. Production values are adequate, although Travolta's wig is noticeable and distracting.

Travolta has done much better work as a tough guy, notably in Luc Besson's "From Paris with Love." Here he is not given a multi-layered, finely nuanced character and makes little effort to bring new dimensions to a sparsely developed script.

The movie is boosted considerably by a couple of the supporting roles. Christopher Meloni steals his scenes as the sidekick/guardian. Sam Trammell's look of boyish innocence cloaks a dark side to his character.

The script was written by Paul Sloan, who also plays the villain Lemi K, and was originally in development with Nicolas Cage set to star and William Friedkin directing, but somehow that fell through. The script seems a couple drafts short of complete. It feels as if it was written with franchise ambitions. The title, Stanley's tattoo and the buddy relationship with Dennis all scream comic hero series. However, it fails to develop Stanley as a continuing character or to leave him in a situation to continue his vigilantism.

The result is a film that is an entertaining diversion but largely forgettable.


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