By Jamie Miller
Greetings Nightlighters, it is I, “the action movie addicted, adrenaline junkie” Jamie Miller here with yet another issue of Nightlight. Now my friends there are a few things I love to do in my downtime. Writing comics and playing video games are some of my favorite things to do. But another thing I like to do is watch movies, though not just any kind of movie. I like to watch action movies. The more violent and choreographed the better. So imagine my joy when I learned Angelina Jolie, who was in one of my favorite action movies “Wanted,” was starring in a new action movie. And I know the question you’re thinking, you’re thinking “well, did it live up to your expectations?” And to that I say, read on.
“Those Who Wish Me Dead” which was released on Friday tells the tale of Hannah Faber, a smokejumper haunted by a past failure, as a result of this she is stuck on monitor duty. However, this brings her into the path of Connor Casserly, a young boy whose father has information on a mob boss and as a result is murdered by assassins, but not before he passes on evidence to the youngster. Fleeing into the wilderness the child is found by Faber who finds purpose in protecting the child. As a result of this, Faber must battle with two vicious and remorseless assassins as uncaring and unfeeling as the corpses they leave in their wake.
Along for the firefight with Jolie are Jon Bernthal known for playing Frank Castle in “The Punisher” in the role of Ethan Sawyer, a deputy sheriff and an old friend of Faber’s. In the role of antagonists, we have Nicholas Hoult, known for playing young Hank McCoy in the “X-Men” films, and Aidan Gillen, known for playing Littlefinger in “Game of Thrones,” starring as a pair of brother assassins who seek to murder the child and anyone who gets in their way.
All in all the movie isn’t bad, it doesn’t exactly set the world on fire. It’s your standard action movie fare. Emotionally damaged badass finds purpose protecting someone who can’t protect themselves and wreaks violence against bad people in the process. Highly entertaining, but if you’re seeking something the likes of “Shawshank Redemption” in terms of quality, then keep looking. I give it a solid six torches out of 10. It’s worth watching. Although, like I said, don’t go in expecting a phenomenal life-changing movie, but if you’re just looking to be entertained this is your movie.