Angelina Jolie is back and now she’s taking on in a fiery western thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead: playing a firefighter in the Montana wilderness, in the land of “it’s best not to really think about it.”
Adapted from the 2014 bestseller from Michael Koryta, who also wrote the screenplay with director Taylor Sheridan, the master behind Sicario, Wind River, Hell or High Water and the screenwriter for Without Remorse.
Hannah, played by Jolie, is a specialist firefighter called a smoke-jumper: the kind who jumps from planes directly into forest fires. Still processing the horrific death of children from a previous fire, she is now an angry reckless mess in need of a therapist. However, Hannah’s life changes when she cross paths and tackles a kid named Connor (Finn Little) whose widower dad Owen (Jake Weber) is in danger because of a political corruption case for which he, as a forensic accountant, holds all the incriminating information.
Being chased by murderous brothers, Connor and Owen are on the run hoping to get help from his cop brother Ethan (Jon Bernthal) and Ethan’s pregnant wife Allison (Medina Senghore). However, everything backfires resulting in Connor running alone in the forest petrified as he’s being tracked by the assassins played by Aidan Gillen and Nicholas Hoult. As predictable movies go, the only person who can help Connor is Hannah depressed and alone in her watchtower.
In our video discussion we breakdown Those Who Want Me Dead, how well it holds up to the novel, the casting choices, was this a theater quality movie and more.
Special Thanks: M. Collins, Mauricio Aguilar, himdeel, Fergus Mills, Miguel, Antonio Rogers, Wesley
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Those Who Wish Me Dead is currently in theaters and on HBO Max.