Travolta joins the “Over 50” action club with ‘I Am Wrath’

"Face/Off" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Face/Off" Japanese Theatrical Poster

The newest trailer for I Am Wrath, the latest actioner from director Chuck Russell (Eraser, The Scorpion King) and star John Travolta (Face/Off), has just arrived and gives us a first look at the film’s gritty action and Taken-esque plot. After Stanley Hill (Travolta) witnesses his wife’s death at the hands of a group of thugs, he expects for the police to capture the men who took his wife from him. When the officers fail to bring the assailants to justice, Hill and his old friend Dennis (Christopher Meloni) decide to take matters into their own hands and go after the criminals themselves.

Although I Am Wrath’s plot is an amalgamation between Death Wish, Taken, and John Wick, it’s nice to see Travolta join in on the “Over 50” action genre that stars Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington have had cornered for the last couple of years. However, I Am Wrath looks to tackle far grittier territory than most of Neeson or Washington’s films, as Travolta looks to be fully committing to a vigilante role that will allow him to show his acting chops and rack up a kill count along the way. Think early 90s Steven Seagal in both tone and content, and you’ve got I Am Wrath, more or less Travolta’s answer to one of contemporary action cinema’s most popular sub-genres.

The film, which also stars Christopher Meloni (Man of Steel), Rebecca De Mornay (Runaway Train), Amanda Schull (Nikita T.V. Series), and Luisa Da Silva Jr. (Dragon Eyes), premieres on VOD on April 15th and than in theaters on May 13th. Get a gander at some of the shootouts and hand to hand combat in the newest trailer now.

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4 Responses to Travolta joins the “Over 50” action club with ‘I Am Wrath’

  1. Paul Bramhall says:

    If this movie has Travolta decked out in his ‘Battlefield Earth’ wardrobe while fighting a CGI crocodile, I may just give this a shot.

  2. HKFanatic says:

    Chuck Russell, eh? I just rewatched ‘Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors’ not that long ago. Many people consider that the finest entry in the series, though I’m partial to the original.

    • I love Chuck Russell. I think Eraser is underrated and the last “real” Arnold Schwarzenegger flick. Considering his short filmography, Russell is definitely quantity over quality.

      You gotta love the new trailer for I Am Wrath. It has the whole “It’s time to kick ass, so I’m gonna wear a leatherjacket over my hoodie!” thing going on. Besides, you know it’s on when Travolta pulls out his old Pulp Fiction hairdo.

      • Zach says:

        Chuck Russell also directed The Blob remake, which features some of the most incredible practical special effects of any horror film to date. He gets my love and admiration simply for that. As for Eraser, it is Arnold’s last true blockbuster, although he did follow it up with the underrated End of Days, which I am partial to myself. The Scorpion King is a fun time too. All in all, I’m happy to see Russell tackle this sub-genre and with a semi-action star like Travolta as well.

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