Parents' Guide to

Those Who Wish Me Dead

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Strong violence, language in solid wilderness thriller.

Movie R 2021 100 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Intensity that leads to no where

Sadly, there was much to lead to. The “bad guys” are never really working for anyone with a face, what they are after are never mentioned either. In the end, it’s a chase movie with no reason behind it. The acting was good and so were the action scenes, but I’m not a huge fan of movies that use the f- word 3x per sentence: a bit overkill. (Also, beware it’s a bit graphic).
age 13+

those who wish me dead

the movie those who wish me dead i believe its a really good movie that contains adventure, mystery, and some violence. the movie is about a men who flees his home town and is on the run from assassins with his son the movie before the father is killed he sets his son off into the woods to find his way and he comes across a women the helps him finds his way away from the bad guys who realized they were seen by a child. I want parents to know this movie is not meant for children under the age of twelve.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (6 ):

A good deal pulpier and less sophisticated than filmmaker Taylor Sheridan's other movies, this thriller still displays a lean, taut storytelling style, despite its many moving parts and characters. Based on a novel by Michael Koryta, Those Who Wish Me Dead fits in nicely with Sheridan's other modern "Westerns" -- both as writer (Sicario, Hell or High Water) and as director (Wind River, TV's Yellowstone) -- except that it's less about rural lives and more designed as a star vehicle for Jolie.

That said, two supporting characters, a sheriff (Jon Bernthal) and his pregnant wife (Medina Senghore), add some much needed flavor to the otherwise straightforward proceedings. And the two killers might have been all-too-familiar clichés, but Gillen and Hoult give them a stripped-down, all-business approach that makes them formidable villains. Tyler Perry randomly pops up in one scene, as their criminal boss who's behind all this chaos; somehow the scene centers the action, and Perry manages to sell it. Sheridan's solid set pieces and action scenes culminate in a showdown between Jolie and Hoult in the woods, with the approaching fire creating deep shadows and an ominous orange hue. At the top of it all is Jolie, who stays sharp, finds a connection with young Little, and makes Those Who Wish Me Dead feel like solid (if traditional) Hollywood entertainment.

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