Still staggering from the death of three lives, Hannah is a smokejumper who’s perched in a lookout high above the Montana wilderness.
She soon encounters Connor, a nervous boy whose bloodied, traumatized, and on the run in the remote woods. But, as Hannah tries to return him to safety, she’s unaware of the real risks to follow: two relentless criminals hunting Connor and a fiery blaze destroying everything in its path.
Rating: 3/5 Star
Duration: 1h 40m
Directed by Taylor Sheridan
Produced by Steven Zaillian, Garrett Basch, Screenplay through Michael Koryta, Charles Leavitt, Taylor Sheridan
Based on Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
Starring Angelina Jolie, Finn Little, Nicholas Hoult
- Those Who Wish Me Dead was fascinated more than anything, especially given the embroilment of Taylor Sheridan as a co-writer and generator.
- Sheridan, a producer of the hit series Yellowstone, has been implicated in work that excites my business, including as the representative of Sicario and Hell or High Water.
- Those Who Wish Me Dead surprised me. The neo-Western-inflected work is a lean, engaging, action-packed shot of adrenaline striking in its aesthetic judgments and boasts some enjoyable turns from its actors.
- The film begins moderately jaggedly, jumping between Montana mountain areas and the Florida coastline as it sets the boards for the violence that happens.
- The passionate film is often thought of as a rational exercise. But watching Those Who Wish Me Dead warned me of the kind of films that can make you yelp with joy or fear.
Those Who Wish Me Dead gives a much more giant sandbox for the gifted actor-turned-action maven, whose books for Sicario and Hell or High Water have launched him to the front of a class dominated by CG robots superheroes, and other IP once connected with Saturday morning cartoons. Such videos are plenty popular, but this one marks a welcome departure, one planned for grown-ups seeking more ‘realistic’ diversion without short changing conferences regarding either spectacle or sound.
Image courtesy: Those Who Wish Me Dead