Those Who Wish Me Dead - Five Reasons You'll Love It
After a stellar writing career that including penning the Oscar-nominated script for Hell Or High Water as well as both Sicario and its sequel Sicario: Day of the Soldado, there was a lot of anticipation for Taylor Sheridan's directorial debut, Wind River.
The film, which starred Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner, told the story of a wildlife tracker and a rookie FBI agent, who try to solve a murder on an Indian Reservation in the brutal cold of Wyoming.
Much like Hell Or High Water and the Sicarios, it had a clear stamp from Sheridan's writing, with intricate storytelling and complex characters dealing with the brutality and real violence in the world.
The film won universal acclaim and persuaded Warner Brothers to give Sheridan a much bigger canvas for his new project, Those Who Wish Me Dead.
Waner Brothers' heft and budget has given Sheridan new resources, including the chance to build a cast that includes Angelina Jolie, Aidan Gillen and Nicholas Hoult.
Those Who Wish Me Dead follows Connor Casserly, a young teenager who witnesses the murder of his father near a large national forest and is now being pursued by assassins intent on silencing him.
Desperate for help, he finds Jolie's Hannah Faber, a veteran fire warden and wilderness survival expert, who is grieving a tragedy of her own, but offers him shelter in her lookout tower.
When the assassins set fire to the forest in order to cover their tracks, the pair must both survive in whatever way they can...
Starring alongside Jolie, Gillen and Hoult are Finn Little, Medina Senghorel, Tyler Perry, Jake Weber and Jon Bernthal.
Sheridan directs and has co-written the screenplay alongside Charles Leavitt and Michael Koryta, on whose novel the film is based.
The film arrives in cinemas on May 17th, the same day cinemas re-open (hopefully for good this time...) and will be released on DVD in the coming weeks.
To celebrate, we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you'll love it...
Taylor Sheridan's hard edges are still there...
Any sense that the director's storytelling might be softened by a major studio and an A-list lead are wide of the mark. The action and confrontations are just as brutal as his earlier work.
While it's still hard-edged, this is a more straightforward action thriller than Sheridan's back catalogue, but it's packed with great action set pieces, including some terrifying runs through fire.
Jolie commands the film superbly...
It's been a long time since we've seen Jolie in an action role, over a decade since the days of Wanted and Salt, but it's like she's never been away and commands this film with aplomb.
The supporting cast is great too...
It's a tight cast, but every role is carefully cast. Hoult and Gillen menace as assassins, while Jon Bernthal and Medina Senghore are both spirited as local sheriff Ethan Sawyer and his wife, Allison. Young Finn Little who plays Conor Cassely is a real find too.
It's a tightly wound film...
At a precise 100 minutes, the film doesn't mess about or meander, it's straight into the action from minute one.
Those Who Wish Me Dead is released into cinemas on May 17th and will be released on DVD in the coming weeks.