masterofcinema’s review published on Letterboxd:
As H (Jason Statham) walks to a burrito truck to assist his men in a covert heist, the audience is gifted with many detailed aerial and tracking shots that help the scene play out beautifully while carrying as much suspense as possible.
That is just one of the MANY positives of Guy Ritchie’s newest feature, Wrath of Man. If you have ever seen any of his action films, they usually have a formula of their own that revolves mostly around telling a story in an awfully flamboyant manner that takes away from the vital character development that is needed to sustain and drive an excellent story and film. But something feels eerily different here. Everything seems like it was picked out of an excellent noir thriller and blended together with fantastic writing and editing. The streets of Los Angeles feel gritty and frightening, and the color grade helps the film sustain this eerie tone. This is Jason Statham’s best work next to his Fast and Furious appearances, and his acting makes his character seem really intriguing and suspicious. Who is H? What does he symbolize? Well, in many ways, the title of the film can give the viewer an important hint. Wrath of Man dives deeply into the psyche of a mentally broken man at his greatest power as he strives to find the man that killed his son. He is driven by wrath to find closure, and the ending of the film perfectly signifies said closure. The score drums itself into your body, as composer Chris Benstead masters the use of percussion during scenes that involve high tension where it seems like the characters we deeply care about may be in danger. Guy Ritchie once again shows his audience why he deserves the hype, with uses of many impressive and innovative shots, and editor James Herbert piecing them all together in a manner that honestly could make Thelma Schoonmaker smile. Wrath of Man is both my favorite film of 2021 so far and one of my personal all-time favorites, and Statham’s thirst for revenge definitely merits a watch.