I stopped Wrath of Man about halfway through and went to sleep. I usually enjoy Jason Statham films as mindless, fun entertainment. There was nothing fun about this movie. I’m not sure why he took this role, which is out of character. He was so serious and brutal there was nothing redeeming. And I never knew so many armored cars were being robbed by so many different gangs.
Even the title feels a bit over the top. I think right away of Children of Men, the great 2006 movie based on the story. Why? I don’t know. That’s the way my brain works. It just feels like Wrath of Man is trying too hard, as is Jason Statham in this movie. Enough said.
Archive is a classic example of a bad title covering a good product. I don’t want to say too much about this movie to avoid spoilers. But essentially, it’s about a scientist trying to develop an artificial intelligence robot than can then accept the upload of the mind of a human. In this case, that mind would be that of the protagonist’s wife who was killed in a car crash and stored in a system that can only maintain her consciousness a certain amount of time as it slowly degrades. That, in itself, is an interesting concept.
The setting is beautiful. Supposedly it’s set in Japan, but in the credits you learn it’s set in Hungary. At times it felt like one of those cheap Netflix movies that have great blurbs and ideas than turn into two people sitting in a room chatting because the budget is next to nothing, but this movie transcends that, especially when you get to the end, which, unlike Wrath of Man, I recommend you hang around for.