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Those Who Wish Me Dead (15)

Those Who Wish Me Dead

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Thursday 8 Jul 202119:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film runtime: 1h 40m

Directed by Taylor Sheridan, whose screenplays for Sicario and Wind River show his gift for mixing taut thrillers with complex character studies. Angelina Jolie helms this fiery action epic.

Thrill-seeking, secretly troubled “smoke-jumper” (someone who steps in when fires are out of control) Hannah (Jolie) lives in a tiny Montana town. Into her world comes 13-year-old Florida school kid and murder witness Connor (Finn Little), on the run from two disgruntled assassins (Aidan Gillen and Nicholas Hoult). In between bitching about their penny-pinching employers, this homicidal pair deliberately start a forest blaze to misdirect local police, including Ethan (Jon Bernthal), who is Connor’s uncle, as well as Hannah’s ex.

It’s the performances and wry banter that make it a worthwhile watch. Angelina Jolie was a funny girl (watch her riffing in Girl, Interrupted) who became a funny woman (see Maleficent), now in her first action movie since Salt, this Jolie lady is definitely up for a laugh.