Those Who Wish Me Dead is a not so great film that is only helped by the incredible acting of the amazing Angelina Jolie, and she didn’t help much. The biggest flaws are that the film has a constant intensity, huge plot holes, and an unrealistic and complicated storyline that makes the overall film difficult to swallow. When I reached the end of the film, I thought all the loose ends would be tied, but none of them were, leaving me questioning what the actual movie was all about, and who were the good guys and who were the bad.
Those Who Wish Me Dead follows the life of a teenager who has witnessed a murder, making him the target of two relentless assassins. But, when he meets a survival expert he finally has protection, but no one around him is safe, not from the assassins, not from the growing wildfire around them. Hannah is played by Angelina Jolie, Connor is played by Finn Little, Ethan is played by Jon Bernthal, Jack is played by Aidan Gillen, and Patrick played by Nicholas Hoult. The film is directed by Taylor Sheridan.
My biggest complaint about this film was that I wasn’t even quite sure what it was about. At the start, I had assumed that it would be completely following Hannah, the fire jumper played by Angelina Jolie, and that everything would be fire related. But, when it wasn’t quite about that it caught me off guard, and by the end of the film, even the name didn’t make sense to me.
The film had a LOT of issues, but overall it wasn’t the worst. Angelina Jolie was great, and I thought the film was interesting and action packed if nothing else. But the overwhelming intensity of each scene, the huge plot holes, the complicated and unrealistic story and more, all made this film fall to the bottom of the rankings in my head. And, it is fair to mention that I wanted so badly to like this film, but just couldn’t do it, no matter how much I tried.
Overall, this film was not my favorite. It had a lot of issues that were only slightly saved by the amazing Angelina Jolie. If you love an action packed film, with little to no discernible storyline, this is the film for you.