Ok so this Taylor Sheridan, the man behind Yellowstone and Sicario, film asks you to suspend belief. Now, you might be thinking well, all films ask that of the viewer. Yes, there are different degrees. With this one, you have to click it to off totally. I mean, right from the beginning. You have a teenage boy who is the only living witness to a murder. He manages to elude trained/paid killers long enough to run into a woman. A woman who needs a reason. A reason to go on. Keeping that kid alive becomes her reason. When the hired assassins decide to flush the two out by setting a huge forest fire in the Montana wilderness well wouldn’t you know it, the woman is a survival expert. I mean, it doesn’t even feel like fair odds…for the killers.
Now, you might at this point be thinking I want them dead too, but hold on. Did I mention that the role of survivalist Hannah is played by none other than Angelina Jolie and the killers are the always watchable Nicholas Hoult and Aidan Gillan? I see you might have changed your tune a little as I have lured you in.
Even those three enticing and talented actors do not make up for the many problems here but watching them go head to head is the main reason to watch.
Some will push past the obvious flaws and enjoy right up until the ending. Which is daring but a little overused of late. Was Sheridan trying to be ambiguous? If so, he failed as the end, like most of the film, is completely predictable. Along with holes big enough to swallow the entire forest fire and most will just be angry while watching. But hold on to the beauty of New Mexico (which stands in for Montana), the fun relationship between Hoult and Gillan and some cool action as that is how you will end up enjoying the 100 minutes it takes to watch.
In the end, this is the type of film you put on when you want to be scrolling through social media while it is playing. A film you can dip in and out of.
-Making Those Who Wish Me Dead