Those Who Wish Me Dead sees a couple of men from the gas company – Jack (Aidan Gillen – Dave Allen At Peace) and Patrick (Nicholas Hoult – The Great) – off to fix a potential leak, but as they entered the house of a District Attorney, I figured they weren’t from the gas company at all… they lie!
One explosion later, and their next target is Owen (Jake Weber – White House Down), a forensic accountant, who he knows things the DA knew, which also makes him a target, causing him to go on the run with son Connor (Finn Little).
Brought into the mix by chance is firefighter Hannah (Angelina Jolie), who laments the fact she couldn’t save a family trapped in the forest, one year earlier. After being separated from his Dad, Connor chances upon Hannah who wants to help him… yes, it’s so plot-by-numbers you can see the building blocks.
And that’s before Jon Bernthal (Baby Driver) turns up as Ethan the Sheriff, stumbling upon the scene of Huey & Dewey’s latest hit.
Those Who Wish Me Dead is such a dumb film. At one point, Huey & Dewey create a forest fire as a diversion, but rather than just set it off and then run away, they set it off and wait until it’s going gangbusters! Who in their right mind would do that?!
The biggest problem with this film, however, is that it does absolutely nothing we haven’t seen before, and while it passes 90 minutes-ish before the end credits begin, it is largely an exercise in pointlessness. It does have a few nice stunts with lots of noise, though. Also, thankfully, this film’s token ‘kid full of angst’, portrayed by Finn Little, gives a decent performance in his role.
Those Who Wish Me Dead is released in cinemas on Monday May 17th, but the film isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.
And for some crazy reason, as you can see below, the Hardback version is selling for almost £900!
Check out the trailer below:
Running time: 100 minutes
Release date: May 17th 2021
Studio: Warner Bros
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Anamorphic Panavision)
Director: Taylor Sheridan
Producers: Garrett Basch, Aaron L Gilbert, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin Turen, Steven Zaillian
Screenplay: Michael Koryta, Charles Leavitt, Taylor Sheridan
Novel: Michael Koryta
Music: Brian Tyler
Hannah: Angelina Jolie
Connor: Finn Little
Ethan: Jon Bernthal
Jack: Aidan Gillen
Patrick: Nicholas Hoult
Owen: Jake Weber
Allison: Medina Senghore
Arthur: Tyler Perry
Sheriff: Boots Southerland
Ryan: Tory Kittles
Ben: James Jordan
Tina: Lora Martinez-Cunningham
Vic: Howard Ferguson Jr
Leo: Ryan Jason Cook
Maggie: Laura Niemi
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