‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ Review – A Straightforward Survival Thriller

There used to be a time when the thriller genre reigned supreme to the point of spawning a myriad of subgenres. The “mystery” thriller, the “action” thriller, the “survival” thriller. Such was the trend that Hollywood relied on in the ‘90s through the early 2000s, one that liberated directors from the constraints of traditional studio moviemaking, AND one that actors both upcoming and veteran flocked to for mainstream success. Take Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman in Se7en, or Will Smith and Gene Hackman in Enemy of the State, or a forgotten 1997 wilderness thriller The Edge starring Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins. Studios banked on thrillers before capes and comic books took over, a modern trend that has all but eviscerated the middle-budget movie.

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