Those Who Wish Me Dead Review: Angelina Jolie On Fire In Taylor Sheridan s Effective Suspense Thriller - Deadline
|Deadline 12 May 2021 at 15:18|
It has been more than a decade since Angelina Jolie last took on a singular action role (in Salt), but with the movie adaptation of Michael Koryta’s novel Those Who Wish Me Dead from Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan, she has found a vehicle that lets her show her stunt ability (she did most of them) as well as acting prowess. You can see why she was attracted to the idea of playing a smoke-jumper who, though still fighting fires, is irreparably harmed by memories of a tragic incident years earlier she still thinks she could have prevented. That comes up in flashbacks occasionally as she finds herself in a new perilous situation when she stumbled upon a young boy, frightened and running from danger in the wilderness. It is their slow bonding, and the need to escape a couple of murderous henchmen on their tail, that makes up the heart of this traditional but involving thriller.
Director and co-writer Sheridan has an impressive résumé as a helmer of movies like Wind River and hit TV shows like Yellowstone — projects also set in wide-open locales. His screenplays also include such acclaimed films as Hell Or High Water and Sicario, so he has proven he can take perilous situations and turn them into gripping, character-driven stories. Although the bad guys in this one are fairly stock, and what they are so intensely pursuing is somewhat murky, Sheridan makes this all pop nicely off the screen with some nice story detours including a massive fire that pits Jolie’s Hannah and Finn Little’s Connor against not only human nature, but also mother nature, and the combination can be nail-biting at times.
Shot on location in New Mexico doubling for Montana, the cinematography by Ben Richardson is breathtaking, and the action is hot. Producers are Steven Zaillian, Garrett Basch, Aaron L. Gilbert, Kevin Turen and Sheridan. Warner Bros releases the New Line Cinema and Bron production Friday in theaters as well as on HBO Max.
Check out my video review above with scenes from the movie. Do you plan to see Those Who Wish Me Dead? Let us know what you think.