I Am Wrath
|I Am Wrath|
|Directed by||Chuck Russell|
|Produced by||Rob Carliner|
|Written by||Yvan Gauthier|
Patrick St. Esprit
Rebecca De Mornay
Luis Da Silva
|Music by||Haim Mazar|
|Edited by||Greg D'Auria|
March On Productions
|Distributed by||Saban Films|
101 Films Limited
I Am Wrath is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Chuck Russell and written by Yvan Gauthier and Paul Sloan. The film stars John Travolta, Christopher Meloni, Sam Trammell, Amanda Schull, Rebecca De Mornay, Melissa Bolona and Luis Da Silva. Principal photography on the film began on March 9, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio.
In the midst of an unprecedented crime wave in the city of Columbus, Ohio, Governor John Meserve (Patrick St. Esprit) gives a press conference about his crime reduction efforts. When questioned by protestors about a proposed pipeline, Meserve promises that he has commissioned an independent study of the pipeline. Abbie Hill (Amanda Schull) and her family are watching the press conference, and they are thrilled that the Governor has referenced the work her mother Vivian (Rebecca De Mornay) is doing.
Vivian heads to the airport to pick up her husband Stanley (John Travolta), who has returned from a job interview to manage a factory in California. When they arrive at their car, they notice one of the tires is flat. Before Stanley can fix it, a man approaches and asks them for money. Stanley politely refuses, but another man sneaks up on Stanley and stuns him with a blow to the head. The first man stabs Vivian and takes her wallet. Stanley watches the men flee.
The police use Stanley's descriptions to quickly capture the man who killed Vivian. However, they let him go after Stanley positively identifies him. This enrages Stanley (who now goes by the name "Wrath"), and now that he knows the man's name is Charley, he starts to stalk him. When he sees a carefree Charley on the street, Wrath goes home and retrieves a case from behind a wall. The case has several passports, foreign currencies, and several weapons. He calls Dennis (Christopher Meloni), his friend from the Special Forces, and asks him for information about Charley and his crew. Dennis runs black operations from beneath a barbershop.
Wrath uses Dennis intelligence to track down one of the men who attacked him at a local bar. As the man lies dying, he hints that Vivian's murder was more than just a robbery. Wrath and Dennis are photographed as they dispose of the body. Local crime lord Lemi K (Sloan) is furious when he sees the photograph, and he orders hits on the men who killed one of his crew.
Wrath tracks down another man who was involved in the attack. He confronts him at a tattoo parlor, after getting the words "I Am Wrath" tattooed on his back. After killing the man, Wrath makes off with a bag full of drugs and money. Wrath and Dennis use the bag as bait to lure Charley to the VIP room at a Korean nightclub. Before being killed, Charley tells Wrath that Vivian's murder was ordered by Lemi because she was too nosy.
Lemi has tracked down Abbie and is holding her hostage. Wrath and Dennis arrive and kill Lemi. When two corrupt cops arrive, Wrath realizes the entire plot was organized by Governor Meserve. He infiltrates the Governor's mansion and murders him. When the police arrive, Wrath raises a weapon, prompting them to shoot him in his bulletproof vest. While he recovers in the hospital, one of the corrupt cops tries to assassinate Wrath, but Wrath shoots him with a hidden gun. Dennis spirits Wrath away from the hospital, and the film ends with Abbie reading a postcard from Wrath (who has changed his name back to Stanley) that he sent from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- John Travolta as Stanley Hill/Wrath
- Christopher Meloni as Dennis 
- Amanda Schull as Abbie Hill
- Sam Trammell as Detective Gilmore
- Patrick St. Esprit as Governor John Meserve
- Rebecca De Mornay as Vivian Hill
- Asante Jones as Det. Walker
- Paul Sloan as Lemi K
- Luis Da Silva as Charley
- James Logan as Lars (Tattoo Artist)
- Melissa Bolona as News Reporter #1
The movie title comes from Jeremiah chapter 6, verse 11. In the movie, Stanley Hill throws a bible across the room and it opens to the page with the Old Testament and sees the verse "I am full of the wrath of the LORD, and I cannot hold it in."
Initially announced in September 2012, the film initially was set to star Nicolas Cage and be directed by William Friedkin. This version did not come to pass, however, and instead a new version starring John Travolta and directed by Chuck Russell was announced in February 2015.
Principal photography on the film began on March 9, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. On March 18, 2015, filming was underway on the steps of Ohio Statehouse, and at a private home in Bexley, Ohio. Film was also shot in Cleveland and Alabama.
The film-critics aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports a rating of an 11% fresh rating based on 9 reviews, with a weighted average score of 3/10. Neil Genzlinger of the New York Times wrote: "“I Am Wrath” is a revenge movie, and a buddy movie, and a spiritual-crisis movie, and a political corruption movie. That’s a lot of movies — too many, really, and it ends up not doing justice to any of those genres, despite star power at the top of the bill."
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