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Wrath of Man
(2021)
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Composed and Produced by:
Chris Benstead

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Tom Kilworth
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(May 7th, 2021)
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Commercial digital release only.
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Buy it... if you really, really, really want to put yourself in the mood to kill somebody.

Avoid it... if your sunny disposition cannot reconcile how a score of churning low string menace, brainless percussion, and gloomy, synthetic atmospherics could make anyone feel fulfilled.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,999
WRITTEN 5/21/21
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Wrath of Man: (Chris Benstead) If anyone wants to know why gun violence in the United States is out of control, then start pondering movies like Guy Ritchie's 2021 kill-fest Wrath of Man. In this remake of a 2004 French action flick, actor Jason Statham is a crime boss who goes undercover as an armored vehicle driver to draw out the truth about the execution of his son by another group of criminals. His past and purpose is slowly revealed as he proves his prowess at executing other human beings, and by placing himself as the next target of the group that murdered his son, he can wipe out the whole lot of them. That is, if the villains don't dispatch each other first. It suffices to say that damn near every character in the plot has a slit throat or bullet holes awaiting them. Revenge thrillers don't come any more predictable than this, Wrath of Man seeking to thrive upon Statham's "man of few words" personality and the stylized killing scenes. Sadly, audiences absorbed this depressing movie in great quantities, seemingly content to watch these bad people do really bad things. It's astonishing that amongst all the challenges of a pandemic that has adversely affected so many lives, viewers still want to watch a movie that portrays society as even worse than we think it is. But hey, gruesome killing in an urban environment must be good sport, and it keeps Statham from filing for unemployment checks. Richie continues his collaboration with composer Chris Benstead for Wrath of Man; the two had first worked together in 2019 on the unlikely pair of The Gentlemen and the remake of Aladdin. Benstead's involvement in adaptation work on both the latter film and 2017's Beauty and the Beast with Alan Menken is totally unrelated to anything heard in Wrath of Man. More relevant is his history as an acclaimed sound mixer, taking the music of others and experimenting with its application in projects like Gravity. Not surprisingly, Wrath of Man is the type of movie that seems well-matched for a sound design sort of score, but Benstead doesn't go the route of outright manipulation for the assignment. Instead, he wrote and recorded an oppressive but substantially organic atmospheric bombardment that ruins your sunny mood with a combination of unpleasant, mostly low-register string instruments, percussion, and synthetic groaning, occasionally allowing other elements a cameo. It's music for thinking about killing, planning about killing, and then going about killing.


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Average: 2.23 Stars
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*** 24 3 Stars
** 36 2 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 77:41
• 1. Coffee Frother (3:30)
• 2. Wrath of Man (2:15)
• 3. Dangerous Job (2:18)
• 4. Tooling Up (3:10)
• 5. Bullet Taken Hostage (3:05)
• 6. Fucking Lunatic (1:58)
• 7. Coroners Report (1:23)
• 8. China Town (0:56)
• 9. Dark Fucking Spirit (3:59)
• 10. Know the Route (1:46)
• 11. Dougie (3:21)
• 12. Idolised You (3:41)
• 13. Built for Combat (2:04)
• 14. Porn Factory (3:35)
• 15. Precious Ornaments (3:25)
• 16. Staples Center (2:39)
• 17. Go to Work (1:45)
• 18. Number 1 Loses It (3:59)
• 19. 120 Million (2:05)
• 20. The Inside Man (4:43)
• 21. Wannabe Hero (5:37)
• 22. Come Out Little Piggy (4:17)
• 23. Bullet Executions (3:32)
• 24. The Victor (4:49)
• 25. Liver Lungs Spleen Heart (4:14)

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