Those Who Wish Me Dead

‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ is another addition to the action thriller staple. One of the more popular genres that audiences have paid to be potentially excited for decades. No stranger to starring in similar films is Angelina Jolie, who once again dons action garb. Her experience finds her in good form in a consistently engaging film fully embracing thriller aspirations.

Young boy Connor (Finn Little) has just seen his father murdered by father/son assassin team Jack (Aidan Gillen) and Patrick Blackwell (Nicholas Hoult). On the run from their lethal clutches, Connor escapes into the wilderness meeting Hannah (Angelina Jolie), a fire warden and wildlife expert. Determined to protect him, Hannah faces the assassin’s wrath. When they set fire to their forest hide-out, Hannah and Connor must survive the fiery inferno and break free from the assassin’s savage pursuit.

Despite a very slow start, ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ quickly gets into gear. Due to the genuine chemistry of the performers, the film overcomes its familiar story-line. A young child protected by an adult mentor isn’t anything new with the story tasked in making this interesting. For the most part it does with Taylor Sheridan’s direction making the most of the character dynamics and generating an authentic sense of danger.

Whilst the human villains in ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ are certainly dangerous, the nature surrounding the characters can be equally fierce. This is especially true as everyone flees form the raging inferno. How they survive the calamity is part of the thrill factor as the small ensemble successfully create further tension. Occasionally the film’s small budget is obvious, with sub-par CGI diminishing the atmosphere. Any such mis-steps are generally over-come by the involving script and acting.

‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ is a strong entry in the thriller stakes. It can be difficult making something new out of such a well-worn tale but the film manages to make it fresh. There will likely be no end to the action thriller category with viewers always keen to be kept on the edge of their seats despite their protestations otherwise.

Rating out of 10: 6


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