The cast of those who wish me dead: Angelina Jolie, Finn Little, Nicholas Hoult, Aidan Gillen, Joe Bernthal, Medina Senghore
Those Who Wish Me Death Director: Taylor Sheridan
Those who wish me dead: 3 stars
The action thriller “The Who Wish Me Dead”, written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, has Angelina Jolie after a long time to play a serious, dramatic role. While the film is quite conventional in its genre, with the plot moving in a predictable path, it is boosted by strong performance, well-drawn characters, and pace.
Jolie plays the role of a smoke jumper named Hannah Faber who is posted at a fire watch tower. She struggles with guilt about something that happened in her past and blames the deaths of three children and another smoke jumper in a forest fire.
Hannah is happy with the world and has suicidal tendencies. Their path crosses a child named Connor (Finn Little), who is being chased by two ruthless assassins who have already killed his father. She takes it upon herself to protect the child from harm in any case. Her motive is to save an innocent life as well as to redeem herself in her eyes.
Sheridan, who also wrote (but did not direct) the brilliant Hell or High Water in 2016, also a neo-western feature film, brings some of the sensibilities of that film here, particularly the feeling that every character just seems world weary – tired of their job and their lives. The effect is less consistent, but still convincing. This is mainly due to a good writing style, at least in terms of characters and achievements.
The film has an unusually good, deep cast for a medium-sized production. In addition to Jolie, Joe Bernthal plays the role of the deputy sheriff Ethan, who becomes involved in the conflict along with his wife Allison (Medina Senghore). Aidan Gillen and Nicholas Hoult are the assassins.
Jolie is superb here, showing vulnerability and strength. It is clearly a difficult role that she creates.
Gillen and Hoult play the role of assassins with a listless, sinister threat. It’s not often that you see actors of this caliber getting such, well, thinly written roles and they do their job well – which are basically terrifying bad guys.
Overall, “Teses Who Wish Me Dead” is a capable action thriller that is entertaining and well played, but admittedly also has a bit of garden variety. If you’re looking for something fresh or in-depth, there are other options. But if all you want to do is have a good time, you can’t go wrong with this one.
In India, “Teses Who Wish Me Dead” is available on the Book My Show Stream.