Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
Joel interviews the MIFF team to find out what's in this year's program announcement! Click to listen to our special SWITCHCast ep now.x
review, Those Who Wish Me Dead, Those, Who, Wish, Me, Dead, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, Tyler Perry, Jon Bernthal, Aidan Gillen, Jake Weber, James Jordan, Medina Senghore, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Dylan Kenin, Taylor Sheridan, Thriller film rating

THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD

★★★

AN ACTING COMEBACK FOR JOLIE

THEATRICAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Chris dos Santos
13th May 2021

After writing 'Sicario' in 2015, Taylor Sheridan quickly became one of the most exciting new talents in Hollywood. Followed by 'Hell or High Water' in 2016 and 2017's 'Wind River', which he also directed, he was - and still is - a standout in the film industry. While he recently stepped away from film, co-creating the Kevin Costner drama 'Yellowstone', audiences have been eagerly awaiting his return to the big screen. 'Those Who Wish Me Dead' is not only his first cinematic work in four years, but also serves as the relaunch of Angelina Jolie's acting career.

After a terrible wildfire, fire fighter Hannah (Jolie, 'Kung Fu Panda 3', 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil') is still processing the events from almost a year ago, along with the other firefighters. She is relocated to a lookout tower by local sheriff Ethan Sawyer (Jon Bernthal, 'Ford v Ferrari', 'Baby Driver') where she crosses paths with Connor (Finn Little), a young boy whose dad (Jack Weber, 'Midway', 'White House Down') has discovered shattering information that puts a bounty on not only his head, but that of everyone who comes in contact with him. Jack (Aidan Gillen, 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure') and Patrick (Nicholas Hoult, 'The Favourite', 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix') are tasked with tracking down Connor and his dad to eliminate him before his discovery leaks. But a fire has also ignited, adding a whole other threat to the situation.

SWITCH: 'THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD' TRAILER

'Those Who Wish Me Dead's' biggest problem is the plot; it's just so dense. Act 1 is so long because so many pieces have to line up for everyone to be where they need them to be. It, therefore, takes a long time before we get to Hannah and Connor meeting, and the script also feels the need to dedicate a lot of time to the bounty hunters as well. When we finally get to the meat of the story, the film is extremely entertaining, but the setup could easily have been condensed to make this another surefire hit from Sheridan. This is a simple film to describe when someone asks what it's about, and streamlining its convoluted plot would have helped.

Outside of the narrative the acting is a return to form for most of the cast especially Jolie. 'Those Who Wish Me Dead' feels like a big welcome back to acting for the Academy Award winner.

Outside of the narrative, the acting is a return to form for most of the cast, but especially Jolie. After the mess that was 'The Tourist' she really jumped off the acting map as that film and her personal life and charity work took their toll. While she did 'Maleficent' and directed 'Unbroken', those seemed more like projects to stay relevant. 'Those Who Wish Me Dead' feels like a big welcome back to acting for the Academy Award winner. Finn Little also shines in what easily could have gone awry if the wrong child were cast.

'Those Who Wish Me Dead' may not be Sheridan's strongest outing and could have used a tighter screenplay, but makes up for this with its captivating third act and more than overdue acting return for Jolie.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 13/05/2021
RUN TIME: 1h 40m
CAST: Angelina Jolie
Nicholas Hoult
Tyler Perry
Jon Bernthal
Aidan Gillen
Jake Weber
James Jordan
Medina Senghore
Lora Martinez-Cunningham
Dylan Kenin
DIRECTOR: Taylor Sheridan
WRITERS: Michael Koryta
Charles Leavitt
Taylor Sheridan
PRODUCERS: Steven Zaillian
Kevin Turen
Garrett Basch
Aaron L. Gilbert
Taylor Sheridan
SCORE: Brian Tyler
https://www.thosewhowishmedead-movie.net/
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Cosmic Sin - A film that delivers on the promise of its title
TRENDINGCOSMIC SINA film that delivers on the promise of its title
Pocahontas - 25 years later, the colours of the wind are fading
TRENDINGPOCAHONTAS25 years later, the colours of the wind are fading
Who the hell is Bloodshot? - A primer on Vin Diesel's superhero
TRENDINGWHO THE HELL IS BLOODSHOT?A primer on Vin Diesel's superhero
Revisiting 'Dark City' 20 years later - The most underrated and influential sci-fi film ever?
TRENDINGREVISITING 'DARK CITY' 20 YEARS LATERThe most underrated and influential sci-fi film ever?
Gallipoli - A powerful and important film remembered
TRENDINGGALLIPOLIA powerful and important film remembered
The World at War - The landmark documentary series restored in high definition
TRENDINGTHE WORLD AT WARThe landmark documentary series restored in high definition
Malila: The Farewell Flower - Contemplating love and loss
TRENDINGMALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWERContemplating love and loss
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two - New villains, same problems
TRENDINGBATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, PART TWONew villains, same problems
Buckley's Chance - Not worth a chance
TRENDINGBUCKLEY'S CHANCENot worth a chance
Calm with Horses - A savage and sensitive Irish crime drama
TRENDINGCALM WITH HORSESA savage and sensitive Irish crime drama
Shiva Baby - A comedy of discomfort
TRENDINGSHIVA BABYA comedy of discomfort
The Glass Room - Stunning yet soulless
TRENDINGTHE GLASS ROOMStunning yet soulless
Some Kind of Heaven - A bizarre lens into a Floridian retirement village
TRENDINGSOME KIND OF HEAVENA bizarre lens into a Floridian retirement village
25 Free-to-Watch Short Horror Films - The scariest shorts we uncovered online
TRENDING25 FREE-TO-WATCH SHORT HORROR FILMSThe scariest shorts we uncovered online
The Swallows of Kabul - Unflinching and gorgeously animated
TRENDINGTHE SWALLOWS OF KABULUnflinching and gorgeously animated
Cerulean Blue - Promising debut for a new voice in Australian cinema
TRENDINGCERULEAN BLUEPromising debut for a new voice in Australian cinema
The Violin Player - Sex and strings
TRENDINGTHE VIOLIN PLAYERSex and strings
2:22 - Mind-bending metaphysical mumbo-jumbo
TRENDING2:22Mind-bending metaphysical mumbo-jumbo
Birds of Prey - I'm here to report a terrible crime: DC has saved cinema
TRENDINGBIRDS OF PREYI'm here to report a terrible crime: DC has saved cinema
La Dolce Vita - Not as sweet as you'd think 60 years on
TRENDINGLA DOLCE VITANot as sweet as you'd think 60 years on
© 2011 - 2021 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us!