‘Awaken the Fury’, review: a mature and relentless ‘thriller’ by Guy Ritchie

The British filmmaker Guy ritchie, which opens in theaters today Awaken the fury (2021), has been able to offer viewers a single magnificent film, the vibrant Snatch: Pigs and Diamonds (2000); and others of great interest such as RocknRolla (2008), Sherlock Holmes (2009) and The Gentlemen: The Mafia Lords (2019).

In a greater or lesser mediocrity they are Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Sherlock Holmes: Shadow Play (2011), UNCLE operation (2015), King Arthur: The Legend of Excalibur (2017) and Aladdin (2019).

And the horrible thing Swept away by the tide (2002), above all, and Stir (2005), for its pretentiously washed-out script, the latter and not for its dignified stylized compositionIt is a truly incomprehensible catastrophe.

Guy Ritchie’s narrative muscle in ‘Awaken the Fury’


After a grateful zenith, a forceful opening sequence shot marks the relentless approach with which the story of Awaken the fury. Intensity and life are in the events of the thriller, the incarnation of the characters, the mundane and always believable dialogues that newbies Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies have written with the English filmmaker himself and his eyes behind the camera, which records the terrible things that happen impassively but also interest, without missing anything important, and modifying our perception with its perspective.

Guy Ritchie also shows us the narrative muscle who knows how to exercise in his lucid works, but without his youthful effervescence; a muscle that is the result of the exciting profession in which he has already invested twenty-six years.