Pressed for time?! Check out Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock’s Rapid Fire Review for the new Angelina Jolie action-thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead. It’s everything you need to know in […]
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock
Those Who Wish Me Dead now in theaters and streaming on HBO Max, stars the one and only Angelina Jolie and is directed by Taylor Sheridan (Wind River, Yellowstone, Hell or High Water, Sicario) who also co-wrote the screenplay and served as a producer.
I’ve been keen on checking this film out for many months ever since I heard of its existence and while it’s not the kind of movie that NEEDS a theater I certainly suggest you check it out either way as I highly enjoyed it! Jolie seems to be on somewhat of a career resurgence with this as well as The Eternals on the horizon and I’m glad to see that as more often than not she proves herself to be one of the strongest actresses in Hollywood, not to mention she’s as beautiful as ever.
She’s believable in her role as a smoke jumper dealing with trauma who ends up looking out for a young boy who is on the run from a pair of assassins in “Littlefinger” Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones, Blitz, Maze Runner) and Nicholas Hoult (X-Men, Fury Road) while a deliberately started forest fire descends on the area. Jolie is of course fantastic here I really connected with her alongside Finn Little who gives one of the best child performances I’ve seen in a long time. I loved seeing one of my favorite actors Jon Bernthal have a solid role here & although his role is somewhat confined compared to what he is capable of on screen, he still delivers and resonates. I am just gladdened to see him in a big movie. Medina Senghore stands out too, playing a key role.
I was engaged throughout as it’s littered with suspense and thrills with fairly eye catching visuals, even the CGI is good and I don’t really get those who complained about that. Some have also whined that there are “holes” or that we don’t find out everything. We didn’t have to! It told us just enough for the type of concise premise they were trying to focus on. It plays out as you’d expect but not without its sad moments and bittersweetness.
Overall Those Who Wish Me Dead is a wonderfully shot taut disaster action thriller that I loved! Give it a chance!