Those Who Wish Me Dead

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Those Who Wish Me Dead
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byTaylor Sheridan
Screenplay by
Based onThose Who Wish Me Dead
by Michael Koryta
Produced by
CinematographyBen Richardson
Edited byChad Galster
Music byBrian Tyler
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • May 5, 2021 (2021-05-05) (Seoul)
  • May 14, 2021 (2021-05-14) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$23.4 million[1]

Those Who Wish Me Dead is a 2021 American neo-Western action thriller film directed by Taylor Sheridan[2] with a screenplay by Michael Koryta, Charles Leavitt, and Sheridan, based on Koryta's novel of the same name.[3] The film follows a boy (Finn Little) who witnesses the murder of his father and goes on the run with a smokejumper (Angelina Jolie) in the Montana wilderness to escape a pair of assassins (Nicholas Hoult and Aidan Gillen) hired to silence him. Jon Bernthal, Medina Senghore, and Jake Weber also star.

Those Who Wish Me Dead premiered on May 5, 2021, in South Korea,[4] and was released in the United States on May 14 by Warner Bros. Pictures under the New Line Cinema banner, both in theaters and digitally for one month on HBO Max. The film received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $23 million worldwide.


Hannah Faber, a smokejumper, is struggling after failing to prevent the deaths of three young campers and a fellow smokejumper in a forest fire. She is now posted in a fire lookout tower in Park County, Montana.

Owen Casserly, a forensic accountant, learns about the death of his district attorney boss and family in an apparent gas explosion; they were actually murdered by black ops assassins Jack and Patrick.

Believing he is the next target, as he and his boss have discovered criminal activity of governors and congressmen, Owen goes on the run with his son, Connor. He intends to seek refuge with his dead wife's brother, Ethan Sawyer, who is a Deputy Sheriff and Hannah's ex-boyfriend. They are ambushed by the black ops duo, who force them off the road and down a cliff. As Owen dies, he gives Connor the evidence of the high-level criminal activity.

As Ethan discovers Owen's car wreck, Hannah stumbles upon Connor while out on patrol. She takes him back to the tower to contact help. The hitmen meet their boss, who arrives in a vehicle with government plates and advises them to hunt for, and kill, Connor. The pair intend to kill anyone else who sees their faces. As a diversion to preoccupy the police, they use flares to start a forest fire. They go to Ethan's house searching for Connor and find and interrogate Ethan's wife (Connor's aunt), Allison, who is pregnant. When they force her to call Ethan, she gives him a duress code; she then fights off the two and escapes.

Hannah discovers that a lightning strike disabled the radio at the lookout tower. She attempts to take Connor into town on foot, but they are forced to turn back when the fire blocks their path. Following the radio call, Ethan returns home with the Sheriff, aiming to protect Allison. However, the hitmen ambush them; they kill the Sheriff and force Ethan to guide them through the woods.

The hitmen arrive at Hannah's fire tower and force Ethan to search it as they observe from a tree. Hannah and Connor hide while Ethan attempts to make it appear as if the tower is empty. After Patrick sees that Ethan seems to be talking to someone, the assassins shoot up the tower. Ethan is injured, but Hannah and Connor manage to escape. The hitmen try to follow them but are stopped when Allison, having tracked them down, starts shooting at them. Patrick and Jack split up, with Patrick pursuing Hannah and Connor while Jack stays behind to fight Allison; Allison gains the upper hand and kills Jack.

Connor runs ahead while Hannah fights Patrick but returns after Patrick threatens to beat Hannah to death. As Patrick is about to kill Connor, Hannah severely injures Patrick with a climbing axe and leaves him to burn to death in the approaching fire. Allison reunites with Ethan in the tower, but the fire traps them as they put on oxygen masks and hold each other. Hannah and Connor jump into a stream and watch from under the water as the fire engulfs the forest.

In the morning after the fire has burned out, Hannah's old smoke-jumping team arrives and rescues her, Connor, and Allison. Ethan has died from earlier injuries. Connor later prepares to give his father's evidence to the media. Hannah promises to help him through his uncertain future.



It was announced in January 2019 that Angelina Jolie would star in the film, with Taylor Sheridan writing and directing.[5] By April, Nicholas Hoult, Tyler Perry, Jon Bernthal, and Aidan Gillen had been cast.[6][7] Filming began in May 2019 in New Mexico,[8][9] with production concluding in July 2019[10] and an announcement that James Jordan had been cast.[11] The film's score was composed by Brian Tyler.[12]


In May 2019, it was announced Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema acquired distribution rights to the film.[13] The film had a theatrical debut internationally in South Korea on May 5, 2021.[4] In the United States, it was released on May 14, 2021.[14] As part of its plans for all of its 2021 films, Warner Bros. also streamed the film simultaneously on the HBO Max service for a period of one month, after which it was removed until the home media release.[15] According to Samba TV, the film was streamed in 1.2 million households over its first three days of digital release.[16] By the end of its first month, the film had been watched in over 3 million U.S. households.[17] The film was re-added to HBO Max on September 30, 2021.[citation needed]


Box office[edit]

Those Who Wish Me Dead grossed $7.3 million in the United States and Canada, and $16.1 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $23.4 million.[1]

In the United States, the film was released alongside Spiral, Profile, and Finding You, and was projected to gross $4–5 million from 3,188 theaters in its opening weekend.[18] The film made $880,000 on its first day and went on to debut to $2.8 million, finishing third at the box office. The audience was evenly split between males and females, with 81% being over the age of 25.[19] It was the second-worst opening of all-time by a film playing in over 3,000 theaters.[20] In its second weekend the film dropped 35% to $1.8 million.[21]

Outside the U.S. the film made $2.8 million from 33 countries in its second weekend, including opening in first in Australia ($981,000 from 249 screens, and grossing $410,000 in Russia (from 904 screens), for a running international total of $4.3 million.[22]

Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 63% of 200 critic reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A squarely traditional '90s-style action thriller, Those Who Wish Me Dead is elevated by Taylor Sheridan's propulsive direction."[23] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 59 out of 100 based on 41 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[24] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported 72% of audience members gave it a positive score, with 44% saying they would definitely recommend it.[19]

Writing for Variety, Peter Debruge said: "As directed by Taylor Sheridan, Those Who Wish Me Dead offers a much bigger sandbox for the gifted actor-turned-action maven, whose scripts for Sicario and Hell or High Water have launched him to the front of a genre dominated by CG robots, superheroes and other IP once associated with Saturday morning cartoons. Such movies are plenty popular, but this one marks a welcome departure — one intended for grown-ups seeking more 'realistic' diversion — without shortchanging audiences when it comes to either spectacle or sound."[25] Alonso Duralde of TheWrap wrote: "The stakes are high and the danger is always imminent in this straightforward thriller; it never bends the rules of the genre, but it certainly delivers on what it promises."[26]


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