In the beginning there had been Tomb Rider. And also Mr&Mrs. Smith. Then, many psychological dramas. But first love is never forgotten. So when she had the chance, Angelina Jolie she returned to films all action and adrenaline. It airs on Rai 2 tonight at 9.30pm The ones who want me dead (2021). Thriller set in the midst of fire directed by Taylor Sheridan.
A name that matters more and more in Hollywood. Since he created the hugely successful TV series Yellowstone con Kevin Costner and the others that were born around it (from 1923 con Helen Mirren e Harrison Ford until next time 2024 con Matthew McConaughey).
The ones who want me dead is based on the novel of the same name by Michael Koryta published in 2014 and unpublished in Italy. The film was released during the worst period of the pandemic and this significantly reduced its box office prospects.
The plot of “Those Who Want Me Dead”
Stationed in a lonely fire lookout tower deep in the green Montana wilderness, Hannah Faber (Angelina Jolie) is a reckless firefighter flirting with a death wish and deeply traumatized. She is still struggling to overcome the emotional trauma that hit her after a disastrous lapse in judgment that left three boys dead
One day, Hannah crosses paths with Connor (Finn Little), the young son of forensic accountant Owen Casserly (Jake Weber), who is on the run from a pair of highly trained assassins, Jack and Patrick Blackwell (Aidan Gillen e Nicholas Hoult). Intent on silencing the boy forever. Owen, in fact, discovered that a murder was passed off as an accident. And he wants to bring proof of who the sender is to his brother-in-law Ethan Sawyer (Jon Bernthal), Hannah’s ex-boyfriend and deputy sheriff.
To prevent the two hitmen from finishing the job on Connor, Hannah must use her survival skills and stop the killers. Who would do anything to cover their tracks, including setting fire to the forest. Will Hannah and Connor escape those who want them dead?
Here is the trailer of the film.
Angelina Jolie’s return to action
We were no longer used to seeing her in an action scene with a very high adrenaline rate. This is why it surprised everyone a little that Angelina Jolie agreed to take part in this thriller. She herself explained that what pushed her back onto the set was… Brad Pitt.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jolie spoke about being almost forced to return to acting, after years of directing films. «I love directing, but I had a change in my family situation that prevented me from directing for a few years. I needed to do shorter jobs and stay at home more, so I went back to doing some acting work. This is the truth”.
The challenge in this case was acting with a child. But not because it’s difficult. «My character is not maternal by instinct. Sometimes Taylor corrected me because my behavior towards Finn was different than Hannah would have towards a child. It took me a while to treat him badly, but I got there! », she explained, laughing.
3 curiosities about “Those who want me dead”
Taylor Sheridan was initially asked to write the screenplay, but when another director backed out of directing the film, he was the one who approached the studio with an offer. “If I can convince Angie to do this movie with me, I’ll direct it for you,” he said. The studio responded: “Great. You’ll never get Angie.”
The production set up a huge set, recreating a forest so that it could be set on fire in complete safety. Real firefighters remained on set to carefully contain the filmed inferno. Angelina Jolie met some of them to learn about the dangerous world of forest firefighters.
Due to the pandemic that closed many theaters, the film only earned $23.5 million at the box office. The choice of the production company, in fact, was to release it simultaneously also in streaming.
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