A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie is somewhat about forgiveness of self, although what actually happens is more of a second chance that eases guilt, rather than an act of self-forgiveness. It's more of a random act of fate than a personal achievement.
Positive Role Models
Hannah has her flaws, but that's part of what makes her fully human. She demonstrates skill and knowledge, plus courage, caring, kindness. Positive representations in supporting cast include a mixed-race couple and a strong, resourceful Black woman. A character risks her own life and safety to help a boy in deep trouble.
Violence & Scariness
Kids in peril. Men punch and toss around a pregnant woman. Another woman is punched repeatedly. Characters trapped and burned in wildfires. Guns and shooting. Characters shot and killed. Blood spatters. Gory dead body with chunk of skull missing. House explodes. Characters burned with aerosol can and flame. Character hit with pickaxe. Bloody wounds. Character struck by lightning. Car crashes. Dangerous stunts. Mention of character dying of cancer. Arguing, shouting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Woman asks boy to turn around so she can remove her top; her bra is seen. A married couple kisses. Sex-related dialogue.
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Constant strong language includes "f--k," "f--king," "motherf----r," "s--t," "a--hole," "goddamn," "pr--k," "jackass," "stupid," and exclamatory use of "Jesus Christ." Foul language spoken by young boy.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters drink from red plastic cups that were filled by a flask. Beers at barbecue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Those Who Wish Me Dead is an action/thriller movie starring Angelina Jolie as Hannah, a brave smokejumper who must protect a young boy from ruthless assassins in the Montana wilderness. Based on a novel by Michael Koryta, it's not very deep, but it's well-made. Expect some intense peril and violence: A boy and other children are in peril, and women are punched and treated roughly by men. Characters are burned in wildfires. There are guns and shooting, blood spatters, bloody wounds, and gory moments (including a dead body with a chunk of skull missing). Language is also strong, with constant use of "f--k" and "f--king," plus "s--t" and more. A married couple kisses, and a woman removes her top to inspect a wound; she asks a boy to "turn around" and not look (she's wearing a bra). There's also a bit of sex-related dialogue. In one scene, characters drink from red plastic cups, filled by a flask. Characters also drink beer at a barbecue. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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