I had the chance to see an advanced screening of this movie. If it was out already, I would have went and seen it again. Wanted has pushed the limits of what an action movie should be. just as the Matrix did They could not have picked better actors to be in this movie. James McAvoy Wesley brings a dorky, dark humor to the movie, Angelina Jolie brings a cocky, bad ass tone, and Morgan Freeman, well, what movie isn't he perfect in. Everything from the plot, action scenes, special effects, and overall acting, all perfect. From beginning to end, Wanted is flawless! I won't give away <more>
anything, just be sure that you go see this movie, it's totally worth it!
Synopsis Wesley Gibson James McAvoy is a neurotic accounts manager who works in a small cubical filling out billing reports day end and day out. He allows his boss and his girlfriend to walk all over him. To cope with his life, he takes anti-anxiety pills by the bottle full. Wesley has no desire to change his humdrum life, but one day while getting more pills at the drug store, he meets a beautiful woman in black, Fox Angelina Jolie who changes his life forever. Fox was sent to protect Wesley from the man who had just killed his father. Wesley thought his father had died soon after he <more>
was born. Fox tells Wesley, "that your father died yesterday on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Building and you are next". Wesley is recruited into the "Fraternity," a secret society of assassins that his father was a member. Fox must train Wesley to bring out his special powers that he was born with in order to avenge his father's death. My Comment This is one of those movies that cubical workers can relate to. The audience can imagine that they don't have to take it anymore, especially, if you have special powers. Wesley changes from this meek nobody going through life just putting in his time into a person with confidence and strength and the ability to change his own destiny. James McAvoy did an outstanding job in playing the roll of Wesley. Angelina Jolie didn't have many lines in the movie, but her presence was more for having an intimidating and dangerous killer with good looks. The visual effects of slowing down the speed of curving bullets and bullets crashing into each other are very well done. The movie is entertaining with lots of action and moves at a fast pace. By the end, you see that Wesley has truly become his own man. Universal Pictures, Run Time 1:50, Rated R 10/10
I went to a screening of Wanted last night in Toronto. It was more than I hoped for. James McAvoy was the perfect leading man. At the beginning you felt for him being such a loser and then you grow with him through the movie.Angelina Jolie did not have a large part in the movie, she was there but there was not much focus on her. Which suited me just fine.The only gripe I can have with this movie is that near the end there were bits that seemed predictable, not the whole thing ...but little parts here or there.Timur Bekmambetov did an amazing job directing this, and I am looking forward to <more>
WANTED: The Matrix with a great sense of humor. (by uniiq)
I am a huge fan of Mark Millar's Wanted. And so, when I entered the theater with a friend on an advance screening pass comic book store owners are very nice people to befriend , fear gripped me. It HAS to suck...right? It's Hollywood...and a "loose" adaptation...And so, once the credits rolled, and I was one of the many people laughing and clapping, the fear had long passed.The films works. It provides the amazing opiate of style and dark humor, and in such massive quantities that both evoke the spirit of the source material and utterly ignore the latter 90% of the graphic <more>
novel. But that independent streak works for Wanted. You feel a sense of amused wonder and curiosity throughout, and all the plot twists that follow are different enough from the source to actually hold your attention without ever being prematurely obvious.James McAvoy does an excellent job, and his wry, sarcastic narration sets the mood of the film perfectly. His evolution from pansy to Neo has a genuine and pleasantly arrogant feel to it, although the stereotypical Rocky-esquire training montage is used to speed things up a bit what a tiresome tool . Basically, his version of a cinematic Neo is both smarter, more entertaining, and more intelligent.Backing him up, more with sexy looks and an "I'm too cool for you; you're not Brad" attitude than anything, is Angelina Jolie. Her character screams Trinity. And loudly. Regardless, watching her on-screen is a pleasure. She's terribly likable, and extremely lethal throughout.Morgan Freeman's Morpheus, called Sloan here, is played well, although the role is a bit beneath his skill as an actor. He makes it work though, playing the wizened and mature helper very well. More importantly, he delivers an excellent and unexpected line that rivals Samuel L. Jackson's memorable expression from Snakes on a Plane. That alone makes any price of admission worthwhile.Any other character serves as nothing more than white noise, there to populate the world rather than intrigue.The theme of Wanted is all about taking charge of your life and making your own choices, something that the very premise of the first hour of the film both adheres to and contradicts. Rather than analyze it here and waste time arguing the pleasantly mad logic of a movie where bullets bend stylishly , I'll leave that to the people who inevitably will, assuming the bullet-fu and gore don't completely captivate them and they should . Wanted IS violent, truly, and yet it doesn't strive to turn every frame into a gory, action-packed orgasm. The film handles it with grace and a style I sorely wish more action movies took into consideration.As bullets curve, heads get punctured, hilarity ensues, and rats explode peanut butter rocks, BTW , you'll smile besides yourself.This really isn't a superhero comic adaptation...it's The Matrix with a great sense of humor.Enjoy it.
The one movie of the year that needs to be seen (by robertallenandersonjr)
Wanted was by far one of the very best action movies this year. It was a very fun wild ride from start to finish. It had many twists, turns, gore, blood, and action. Just strap in and get ready for one hell of a roller coaster ride. It kind of got confusing at some parts in the movie so you have to pay attention very close. You would be surprised how many funny parts and jokes they had in this movie. I was also stunned by all the twists and turns the movie took toward the end. By the end of this movie it will leave you shocked. The acting could not have been any better. Angelina Jolie did an <more>
amazing job playing an assassin. James McEvoy was funny but also at the same time very serious when it came down to killing people. Morgan Freeman was very good as usual and brought a lot to this film. The stunts in this movie have no words to describe how good they were. The gun techniques were outstanding. Some of the things they do with the gun though is very fake and far-fetched. I think that the movie was even better because of it getting an R rating. This movie definitely deserved one and you will notice during the movie. If it didn't get the R rating it wouldn't have been a s good as it was. Overall this movie is a must see movie. It is worth every penny to go see it. The one must see movie of the year is WANTED.
Best action movie I've seen in a long time (by kjosm)
As action movies go, they don't get much better then this.The action scenes were amazing... I was sitting on the edge of my seat on more than one sequence. Of course some of it's a bit far fetched but come on... Aren't MOST action movies? James MacAvoy did an amazing job playing the average joe who is suddenly told he has the ability in him to be a "wolf among the sheep" I enjoyed his American accent. Angelina was great. She does very well in roles like this and even though she doesn't have too many lines she pulls off her character who TRULY believes in what she <more>
does very well. Plus, she's hot. I mean, I'm a woman who doesn't particularly even like tattoos and I have a crush on her.. ;- In all I highly recommend this movie. Great summer entertainment!
I just got back from an advanced screening of Wanted. I have to admit not being a fan of the Director, Tim Bekmambetov. Somewhat disappointed in his Russian Films Nightwatch and Daywatch. However, in his American directorial he delivers!! An abundance of profanities and over the top action sequences that are beyond xtreme fill the screen in a dizzying array of visual adrenaline. Holding you in a tight breathtaking grip with its interesting visual techniques, humor and acting. James McAvoy the sweet faun from the Chronicles of Narnia plays the loser we all know, Wesley Gibbon. The guy, who <more>
just trudges through life allowing himself to be walked upon, humiliated and has no desire to escape it, except in a bottle of anti-anxiety meds. Enter a beautiful Woman, Fox Angelie Jolie , a mysterious wise man Sloan Morgan Freeman and his life instantly changes from Billing Reports to Gratuitous Violence, Mastering Weaponry Skills, and Assassination. Believe me when I say what the Matrix introduced, Wanted has mastered. The director is a skilled artist at using the camera in conveying visual emotions of Wesley like I have never seen before, wait I take that back, seen it in NightWatch. I definitely recommend this deliberately humorous, action packed, violent, profane, to-the-extreme film to be seen on the big screen - check this one out!!
What's wrong with those comments?! (by [email protected])
I guess this is my first moment I want to comment on the movie. The reason for that is all those negative comments.People don't like the idea of a man making a giant leap across buildings, about the "plot of the world" and the ridicule in the movie.But at the same time I guess they DID like Trinity's jump in Matrix, destiny sadame in any Japanese movie or comedy of Mr and Mrs Smith.COME ON PEOPLE! This is NOT James Bond, Bourne or Die Hard. This is exactly the opposite. This movie in my opinion simply tries to make fun of all those movies. It's all a sarcastic view of <more>
today's action movies. Just like the bullets - bent to the fullest. For me it's more of an action comedy. The ideas are so stupid that it's funny. Why? Because it was fit in the action movie. I mean come on - the loom, the bullets, the healing stearine, the rats... How can you ever compare it to any action movie that tries to be serious? This is not trying to do that. That's why I liked this movie - for its intelligent sarcasm and probably because of all the negative comments from people that expected a "mature action movie" and didn't understand the movie.
Dark Humor and Non-Stop Action, Fun Summer Film (by brando647)
I know there is a lot of hate going around for this movie though it oddly manages to maintain a decent rating despite the nay-saying... but I would really urge people to watch this movie before letting the opinions of others affect their views on it. Sure, the movie takes some liberties with plot and, obviously, physics, but it makes for a fun action/popcorn movie. It is, after all, just a movie. After seeing this film, I would say it was one of the most fun action films of 2008. It's got plenty of violence and stylized action with a dose of sexuality and a decent plot...Wesley Gibson <more>
is a miserable account manager with a dead-end life until he is approached by the beautiful Fox, who informs him that his father was a master assassin who had been murdered days before. Gibson is recruited into an assassin's guild known as the Fraternity to hunt down and kill his father's murderer.The quirk with the Fraternity is that it's assassin's have the special ability to raise their heart rate above 400 bpm, pumping incredible amounts of adrenaline into their system and giving them superhuman reaction speed...basically "bullet-time". So you can expect a lot of over-the-top stunts, including the ability to curve bullet paths. Why there has been a lot of complaints about this aspect of the movie, I don't know. It's not really over-used and it adds a cool element to the movie. The film has PLENTY of action throughout, though most of my favorite scenes were during the course of Wesley's training with the Fraternity. The film also has a "twist" ending, though it isn't difficult to see the truth coming.For a popcorn flick, the film boasts a great cast. Morgan Freeman is Sloan, the overseer of the Fraternity, and it's the first time I've seen him in such a role. He did seem a little awkward with some of the rougher dialogue towards the end of the film though I guess it's to be expected...I never expected to hear Freeman spouting "Kill THIS motherf***a" in a film . Angelina Jolie is wonderfully sexy as Fox, though I'm biased to the point where I'd love Jolie in just about ANY role. Rounding out the primary cast is James McAvoy as Wesley Gibson; I had not seen any of McAvoy's previous work but I loved his work in this movie. He is perfectly suited to play both the meek, anxiety-ridden account manager and the elite killer he becomes. He does a great job inducing the element of dark humor into the film with his great delivery.While I've read quite a few complaints about this film, I can't understand why. It's a guilty-pleasure action film and it's not to meant to be taken completely seriously. It's just a MOVIE and a fun one to boot. When you watch this film, just sit back, disengage your brain, and enjoy the non-stop action and fun characters.