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Those Who Wish Me Dead Film Review: An Edge-of-Your-Seat Thriller

Article by Oliver Nash
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Posted: May 20, 2021  

The Rundown

Those Who Wish Me Dead is a 2021 American neo-Western action thriller directed by Taylor Sheridan with screenplay by Michael Koryta, Charles Leavitt, and Sheridan, based on Koryta’s novel of the same name.

The film follows a boy (Finn Little) who witnesses the murder of his father and goes on the run with a smokejumper (Angelina Jolie) in the Montana wilderness to escape a pair of assassins (Nicholas Hoult and Aidan Gillen) hired to silence him. Jon Bernthal, Medina Senghore, and Jake Weber also star.

The Review

Much like Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, director Taylor Sheridan takes Those Who Wish Me Dead a notch higher, giving the lead character a fairly difficult life until her true, heroic capabilities are revealed. 

There is a remarkably streamlined sequence in the first half hour. The film, however, ramps up thereafter to serious action occasioned by murder, natural calamities and arson, and it is compellingly fun to watch.

Jolie’s character is taken to extremes of both mental and emotional chaos and it’s frighteningly good. She is very versatile in her role, enabling her to effectively transition between good cop and bad cop in the fight for survival and the child’s protection with equal tenacity.

Those Who Wish Me Dead has a runtime of 100 minutes. It’s worth your time, popcorn and ticket!

The Hits

Effective action sequences.

Jolie’s star power defines the film.

The impeccable visual aesthetic contributes much to what the film aims at achieving.

The Misses

Jolie’s character development felt quite sketchy.

OMG Moment

The murder and shootout scenes will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Be sure to watch it by getting your tickets from KenyaBuzz.

Movie Courtesy of Westgate Cinema

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