Movie Review: Those Who Wish Me Dead

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So I had time to kill yesterday as things start to slow down towards the end of the year, my soccer game was cancelled too, so I thought I'd waste that hour looking for something to watch and came across "Those who wish me dead"

Obviously seeing a star like Angelina Jolie would get my attention and after some research, I saw it was directed by Taylor Sheridan who also did Wind River, which I really enjoyed. I've you haven't seen Wind River, I highly recommend checking it out.

In fact, if you've seen it you'll probably find a lot of similarities in this one. Those who wish me dead borrows liberally from movies like Only the Brave, Wind River, and a host of generic action films.

If you're going into this one thinking you're going to see something new, then you're sadly mistaken. This is a run-of-the-mill popcorn film, that feels as if they're creating scripts with algorithms.

It's like they see which aspects of stories resonate with people and then mix them up in different ways and spend the rest on securing a big-name star case to go through the motions.

There are some really good actors in this movie like Nicholas Hoult, Jon Bernthal, and Tyler Perry, and they all just coast through the film in my opinion. It's by no means a bad thing, this movie is clearly made to pass the time and not make any kind of statement.

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So what's this flick all about?

The story centers around Hannah a hotshot firefighter working in the forest of Montana. She recently gets back to work and is still reeling from the loss of lives during the previous fire season.

Hannah is a smokejumper who's perched in a watchtower high above the wilderness. She soon encounters Connor, a skittish boy who's bloodied, traumatized and on the run in the remote forest.

Connor is on the run after escaping assassins who are looking to close loose ends in which is his family has been caught up in. These hired guns follow him to this small town to try and finish the job.

As Hannah tries to bring him to safety, she's unaware of the real dangers to follow as these relentless killers stop at nothing to hunt down Connor.

It's a case of death by gun or death by fire as these hired killers stop at nothing to get the job done, even if that means burning the entire place to the ground.

Trailer for Those Who Wish Me Dead

The good the bad, and the pretty awesome visuals

The storyline in the movie is passable and keeps you entertained. Sure, this wasn't exactly rocket science, but the script does very little in terms of character development or fleshing out motivations for the characters. They all sort of fall into place, as a happy accident and there's no real thread behind the things they do or say.

The limited back story on each character seems more like filler than actual meat to get into the mind of each character and they all seem pretty cardboard in a sense.

None of the characters are fleshed out apart from Hannah (Jolie) - the film's heroin - but even her back story feels forced, and her memories don't do much to make you feel much for the character. What is strange is that the character of Allison (played by Medina Senghore) who hardly features in the story makes the best decisions and came across as the strongest character. All the other characters made strange and unrealistic decisions throughout the movie.

The actors do a good job with the material they are given, I can't fault them there, it's just that the story could have been done with a little more thought to it.

Cinematographer Ben Richardson does a great job with the visuals and elevates the extraordinary vastness and beauty of Soda Butte, and some of the forest fire effects do look good. I enjoyed the scenery in the movie and the use of the forest as a plot device.

My rating for Those Who Wish Me Dead

If you happen to miss this one, don't feel like you have to check it out honestly this seems like one of those movies that are made for a long plane ride. It's enjoyable enough to watch and forgettable enough that when you get up from your seat you won't remember half of it.

I give it an average 6 forest fires out of 10

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I watched it a while back, it wasn't it for me.

I had to skip through many scenes because it felt boring to me and it wasn't anything new but I liked the ending at least.

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I get you, it does seem to drag in some points and goes In circles like when they were hiking and then had to turn back seemed pointless

I actually wanted them to explain the ending instead of leaving it so open I wanted a conclusion

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They are lucky they used Angelina because that was the reason I finished it.

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Lol yeah she normally doesn't take on roles unless it's really good,maybe it was a contract she signed or needs the bucks I don't see why she would do a movie like this

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Felt like a low budget movie that just needed a star to attract people so maybe she was paid well.

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Lol she probably took up most of the budget, she doesn't come cheap, I havent seen her in an action movie since Salt so you really had to convince her to come back on screen

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And apparently, the movie flopped, got only about 2 million dollars or so, hopefully they didn't pay her above that 😆

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Lol I looked online now it said the movie made 23 million worldwide but they don’t give the portion they made from HBO max

I wonder how my jolie got paid because she got 30 million just for the externals

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Oh, I guess I was looking at the opening weekend in the US.

I hope they didn't pay her that amount because they would have been on a huge loss.

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Looking at the trailer, I do get the vibe of "cardboard copy" to make a "quick buck". Not hating those kinds of movies though, because there's a reason they're being made. Not all will be masterpieces or artsy I guess and that's ok.

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Yeah I guess they there to keep the ball rolling and keep the money coming into the studios so they can fund the bigger more ambitious projects

Or our need for entertainment just encourages creating these basic movies

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Hahaha I think both are possible reasons.
I also only watch these kinds of movies (Romcoms included) just to "kill time". For more creative and artsy movies I'll definitely take my time.

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Lol they're great for when you're cooking or doing something else like chores or if you just want to switch your brain off after a day of work

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Yes... or like an airplane flight like you've mentioned, although most airplanes have outdated and mainstream movies.

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Looks like i am going to pass this one based on the details :-)

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Lol good call, there are better things to do with your time

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Hahaha six forest fires, nice! Not too bad for a pyro!

I wouldn’t be surprised if they just plug shit into movies that pops out if an algorithm. There’s not a lot of creativity anymore, with all the ridiculous remakes and shit.

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and watched a movie, hoping to get a bit of time in December to relax a little bit and check a flick or two out! Just finished the avengers this year so I’m dabbling a little bit here and there in the cinema stuff.

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Lol well it really seems like they trying to do the least to squeeze out the most money and the sad thing is its clearly working so it reinforces their algo making movie process and if it dumps in the West just edit it to it makes it into China and boom you're in profit

I haven't been watching much lately either, I havent seen much worth wasting my time on when I can read or listen to a poddy

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I haven't seen and will be taking your advice of skipping it.

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But just ignoring HW is not helping anything x)

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