Opening May 14th in theaters (and HBO Max during the first 30 days), Those who wish me death seems like an aggressively old-fashioned studio / vehicle programmer from an era when movie stars and high-profile concepts mattered more than intellectual property and branded characters. The film stars Angelina Jolie in her first commercial vehicle starring outside the Maleficent movies since The tourist at the end of 2010, as a firefighter who gets a chance at redemption while protecting a young boy from the evil murderers. It’s based on a novel, features no notable IP addresses, and instead offers a stacked cast of character actors (including Tyler Perry in direct working actor mode) and old school fun in the studio. It’s also Jolie’s first action movie since Salt, also in 2010.
Angelina Jolie is / was a rarity in that she is / was the first and only successful female action movie star. No, she’s not the only actress to star in blockbuster action movies. But the majority of these films were limited to single franchises (Kate Beckinsale’s Underworld, By Milla Jovovich resident Evil) or IP-specific star + character franchise pitches (Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman, Jennifer Lawrence in The hunger Games, etc.). Scarlett Johansson turned her MCU run into exactly one smash hit (Lucy which brought in $ 460 million on a budget of $ 40 million in 2014) but Ghost in the shell bombed ($ 169 million on a budget of $ 110 million) three years later. Likewise, Charlize Theron’s Furiosa could not do Atomic blonde ($ 100 million on a budget of $ 30 million) on top of a modest success.
Conversely, and it was a moment just before intellectual property and big-name characters engulfed the film industry as a whole, Jolie has proven her pulling power in a number of action films that A ) weren’t entirely IP games and B) were sold on Jolie’s inherent appeal to kick ass and look good doing it. Grave robber made $ 131 million domestic and $ 274 million worldwide in 2001, in part because of the absolutely perfect star + character sale at the right time. Mr. and Mrs. Smith, alongside Brad Pitt, won $ 456 million worldwide in 2005 “despite” being a star + original concept. Wanted to (with James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman) opened with $ 50 million in June 2008 and earned $ 341 million on a budget of $ 70 million.
And finally, in the summer of 2010, Salt (an original spy thriller that got gender reassigned after Jolie replaced Tom Cruise) made $ 293 million on a budget of $ 110 million. Between the two, she was a top-selling supporting player in Beowulf and Sky Captain and the world of tomorrow, although none of these films had commercial success. Likewise, Simon West Grave robber was so bad then that Jean DeBont Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life was so good that the latter’s failure is what led to that infamous “Tomb Raider Trap” model (when a superior sequel to a mediocre original bomb because audiences hated the first one) that I still discuss. Nonetheless, in 2010 Jolie was absolutely a draw as an action hero regardless of the role.
And then she basically ditched the screen for 11 years. Yes, she appeared in two Maleficent movies (another perfect actor + one character sell) and performed a flashback to ‘one for me’ neorealism At the sea in which she starred with then-husband Brad Pitt, but otherwise she’s spent the past 11 years making the kind of movies that most wouldn’t exist without her capital. Think In the land of blood and honey, uninterrupted and NetflixThey killed my father for the first time, even if Uninterrupted (about a WWII prisoner of war emotionally overcoming his captors) was a solid hit ($ 163 million on a $ 65 million budget) at the end of 2014. Yes, she’s been busy. by his family and activism while his big MCU movie (Eternal) was due to open last November.
However, the R score (for “strong violence and language everywhere ”) Those who wish me death is truly a throwback, both in terms of its unique aspirations, reliance on adult moviegoers and adult movie stars rather than kid-friendly properties and childhood nostalgia. As a low and dirty actor, he is less flashy and therefore arguably less commercial than Wanted to and Salt, but Jolie hasn’t had a real box office bankability test since the neo-noir The tourist (who co-starred with Johnny Depp and earned $ 278 million worldwide on a budget of $ 100 million) in December 2010. At the very least, Those who wish me death will invoke nostalgia for a time when movies like this were tied, and Jolie was an action-hero draw with or without IP.
From New Line Cinema comes the thriller “Those Who Wish Me Death”, starring Angelina Jolie and directed by Taylor Sheridan.
Oscar winner Jolie (“Girl, Interrupted”, the “Maleficent” films) plays Hannah, a smoke jumper still reeling from the loss of three lives she failed to save from one. fire when she meets a traumatized 12-year-old boy. with nowhere else to turn.
The film also stars Nicholas Hoult (the “X-Men” movies), Finn Little (“Reckoning”), Aiden Gillen (“Game of Thrones”, “Peaky Blinders”), Medina Senghore (“Happy!”), Tyler Perry (“Vice”, “Gone Girl”), Jake Weber (“Midway”, “Homeland”) and Jon Bernthal (“Ford v Ferrari”, “Wind River”).
Oscar nominee Sheridan (“Hell or High Water”, “Wind River”) made from a screenplay by Michael Koryta and Charles Leavitt and Sheridan, based on Koryta’s book. Steven Zaillian, Garrett Basch, Aaron L. Gilbert, Kevin Turen and Sheridan have produced, along with Steven Thibault, Ashley Levinson, Andria Spring, Jason Cloth, Richard McConnell, Kathryn Dean, Michael Friedman, Daria Cercek and Celia Khong executive producer.
The director’s behind-the-scenes design team included director of “Wind River” cinematography Ben Richardson, production designer Neil Spisak and costume designer Kari Perkins, as well as “Yellowstone” editor Chad Galster and composer Brian Tyler.