Names are not everything, but when they are terribly – or at least instantly memorable – titled The ones who want me dead If only one were to judge the name, the review would be an adequate portrayal of that awkward misfire with Angelina Jolie.
in the The ones who want me deadwhat would have been called something so cool in the 90s Fire flamesJolie delivers an extremely flat performance as an emotionally traumatized firefighter in the wilderness who has to save a boy on the run from two assassins. Meanwhile, these killers, played by Aidan Gillan and Nicholas Hoult, murder several people, start a massive forest fire, and force a policeman (Jon Bernthal) to chase the boy through the forest while the officer’s survivalist wife (Medina Senghore) pursues them.
In fact, the movie would have been more at home in the 90s as the plot and story beats are a bit ridiculous, but not in the outwardly deliberate way that may have worked, but totally unintentional due to poor writing, directing and editing. The ones who want me dead It feels like multiple films are pushed together, with the sum less than the parts. Angelina Jolie’s plot is by far the least interesting, as she spends most of the film doing nothing and ends up being inadvertently drawn into wider events. Gillan and Hoult are more compelling to watch, if only for the fact that they kill people, but the one-dimensional characters they have to work with are limiting to say the least.
The movie I really wanted to see but didn’t know then was about assassins intersecting with a few survivors, but this subplot was clearly an afterthought.
Regardless, The ones who want me dead just doesn’t feel like a fully realized creation. Too little of this makes sense when you are trying to look at it as a whole, and then there are sequences like the lightning storm scene that are just bad scratching your head. Combined with the ill-defined characters and the lack of cohesion between them, the film is a mess.
And yet it offers entertainment value. In a merciful 100 minutes The ones who want me dead offers fast pace and enough death and mayhem to keep your attention. While I wouldn’t recommend the movie, once you watch it you will be swept away well enough.
The biggest disappointment is that Taylor Sheridan is the man behind it. After writing Sicario, hell and high water, and Wind river in 2015, 2016 and 2017 – all three are among my favorites of the respective years Hell and flood easily one of the best films of the decade – Sheridan made the shine Sicario: ascent of the soldado, the mild one Tom Clancy is without remorseand now this stupid disaster. Sheridan’s success is starting to look like a three-year-old lightning bolt in the pan, and it just keeps getting bigger in the rearview mirror.
The ones who want me dead There’s no shortage of entertainment value, but it’s not a good movie. The name was a dead giveaway, after all.
Rating by Erik Samdahl, unless otherwise stated.