Directed by Sebastián Schindel, and starring Macarena Achaga, Juan Minujín, and Diego Peretti, The Wrath of God (aka La Ira De Dios) is an Argentinian revenge thriller which is brand-new to Netflix. The movie follows the story of a young woman who becomes the target of a vengeful writer, after she spurns his sexual advances.
In the film, Luciana Blanco works as a typist for famous writer, Kloster. Every day, she sits at a desk in Kloster’s study and types out the words he dictates.
One day, while in the midst of a writing session, Kloster makes a pass at Luciana. Shocked at the incident, she quickly rejects him and rushes home.
Displeased with Luciana’s reaction, Kloster fires the young typist. In turn, she seeks legal representation and attempts to sue him for unfair dismissal and sexual harassment.
When Kloster’s wife learns of the incident, she grows angry. In a moment of rage she drowns her daughter and takes her own life.
From here, Kloster blames Luciana for the tragedy and seeks out a long and twisted revenge. He makes it his goal to slowly destroy her life, by targeting her loved ones, one by one.
Atmospheric, dark, and quite captivating, The Wrath of God is a twisted little thriller, with a wicked centre. This is a movie which places its focus squarely on revenge, with a story that slowly unravels over the course of its run time.
The film is told in a non-linear fashion, with flashbacks interwoven throughout. This is a little confusing at first, but once the movie finds its groove, events become easier to follow and ultimately this style of storytelling benefits the picture.
In terms of thrills, The Wrath of God is good at developing suspense. We’re not talking Hitchcock levels of tension here, but director Sebastián Schindel knows how to tell a story and most of the key plot points land pretty well.
The film also benefits from having an ace up its sleeve in the shape of Diego Peretti, who takes on the role of Kloster. Peretti is suitably sinister throughout the film, especially when he’s orchestrating his plans from afar.
By utilising subtle glances and careful line delivery he gives his character a real sense of menace. This is a measured performance and one that is clearly well developed, to ensure he is serving up more than a caricature.
Ultimately, and in large part to Peretti, The Wrath of God is an engaging thriller, with a devilish edge. The movie delves into some dark places, and at times packs bite.
The story will keep audiences interested, while Peretti’s performance brings it all home. If you’re after a new thriller, maybe give this one a whirl.