Those Who Wish Me Dead

Hannah is a smokejumper suffering the trauma of a mission where she saw three young boys burn to death in a blaze. She’s relegated to tower duty but what’s supposed to be a slower job doesn’t pan out that way when she crosses paths with Connor, an adolescent boy running from assassins Jack and Patrick, who killed Connor’s father. The assassins believe Connor may know some “Very Damaging Information” (the film doesn’t even really bother to specify what that information could be, dismissing it as the thin motivation that it is), so they’ve tracked him to Montana where he and his father fled for the assistance of the local sheriff. As Hannah works to protect young Connor, the two hitmen start burning down the forest to provide a distraction while they hunt their prey.

Director: Taylor Sheridan
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Finn Litttle, Nicholas Hoult, Jon Bernthal, Aidan Gillen

Review: If I told you there’s a movie where Angelina Jolie is on the run from a team of assassins and under the backdrop of a raging forest fire, you’d likely be intrigued as I was. But Those Who Wish Me Dead barely delivers on what it promises and Angelina’s involvement feels more like a cameo rather than a staring role. This is a really well-meaning, predictable, attempting-to-have-an-emotional-hook action movie that just didn’t work well. It’s very very by the numbers, ticking all the genre boxes, and the cliches sometimes become too much, but it is what it is as popcorn entertainment doing a lot of subversive things around the edges…

Verdict: Worth the Home Popcorn

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