Two vulnerable characters form a bond amid perilous circumstances in Those Who Wish Me Dead. While the film’s path heads toward redemption for one and recovery for the other, detours along the way make it strictly a trip for adults. Source: CNS.
The picture begins with a pair of seemingly separate stories. The first is that of veteran smokejumper Hannah (Angelina Jolie). Haunted by a forest fire tragedy for which she blames herself, Hannah has become emotionally isolated and self-destructive.
The second narrative strand follows Connor (Finn Little), a young boy who is especially close to his widowed dad, forensic accountant Owen (Jake Weber). Unbeknown to Connor, Owen has uncovered explosive information, knowledge of which makes him a target for a pair of assassins, Jack (Aidan Gillen) and Patrick (Nicholas Hoult).
Learning from the news that the district attorney in whom he confided has been killed, Owen goes on the lam, with Connor in tow. Owen hopes to hide out with his late wife’s brother, Ethan (Jon Bernthal), a sheriff’s deputy in the small rural town where Hannah lives.
Director and co-writer (with Michael Koryta and Charles Leavitt) Taylor Sheridan’s loose adaptation of Koryta’s 2014 novel benefits from its offbeat plot and the appeal of its central duo.
The film contains much violence with brief but vivid gore, sexual humour and references, about a half-dozen profanities, a couple of milder oaths as well as pervasive rough and considerable crude language.
Reviewed by John Mulderig, CNS
Those Who Wish Me Dead: Starring Angelina Jolie, Finn Little, Nicholas Hoult, Aidan Gillen, Jon Bernthal, Medina Senghore, Jake Weber, Tyler Perry, Tory Kittles. Directed by Taylor Sheridan. 100 minutes. Rated MA (Strong violence and coarse language).
Those Who Wish Me Dead (CNS)
Those Who Wish Me Dead (Jesuit Media)