When I first heard about Wanted, I have to say I was a little less than enthusiastic. But eventually the marketing juggernaut must have wormed its way into my head, because I found myself thinking — gee, those special effects look cool — I should go see it. 🙂
So… I saw it. Wanted is the story of a nobody – Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) who finds out he’s been born with a gift that makes him one of a handful of amazing assassins – the Fraternity. These assassins are run by Sloan (Morgan Freeman) and include Fox (Angelina Jolie), Gunsmith (Common), The Repairman (Marc Warren), The Exterminator (Konstantin Khabensky), and the Butcher (Dato Bakhtadze). Seems everyone has an alias these days…
(As an aside, was “Wesley” named deliberately? “Wesley” was the poor farm boy who turned into the Dread Pirate Roberts… “Wesley” was the wimpy son of a Starfleet Doctor… It’s just not a strong character name IMHO… but anyway, I digress…)
Here‘s the IMDB link.
Action? Check. Special effects? Check. Story? Check. Acting? Well…
Timur Bekmambetov, who has done Nightwatch and Daywatch, did a great job with this one IMHO. I like his style.
The movie script is based on a series of graphic novels by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones. But this movie actually followed through on the promise of a brotherhood of assassins, where the movie Hitman failed miserably IMHO.
The Fraternity is a group of assassins formed 1000 years ago by a group of textile workers devoted to deciphering the messages hidden in the weave. These messages indicate the names of those the Fraternity should kill in the name of Fate. I liked this aspect of the story. If you go back to the Fates in Greek myth, they were the deities in charge of spinning, weaving, and cutting the threads of our lives.
That said… The story revolves around an average guy working as an accountant for some nameless organization for a heartless boss (Janice, played to the teeth by Lorna Scott). He has a girlfriend who is cheating with his best friend. And generally, the world isn’t being kind to this poor sap.
He is approached by Fox (Jolie) and thrust into a world where people can shoot the wings off of flies and bend bullets around targets. These people, like in The Matrix, can do amazing feats.
Honestly, the movie takes bullet time from the Matrix to a whole new level. And the car chase scene you’ve seen in the trailers IS just as cool as you thought. 🙂
There was just one scene pretty early on with Fox running along the top of a train where the special effects were very fake looking. But the rest of the SFX were very cool.
In spots, the acting was ok. McAvoy did a great job of taking his character from zero to hero. Angelina was gorgeous as per usual. And Morgan Freeman was ok, but he seemed pretty distant in spots.
One thing I really did enjoy (beyond the SFX) was the soundtrack. Danny Elfman did an amazing job of pulling together a variety of songs and composing some very cool tracks. I’m going to have to find this one somewhere for my collection.
But overall I enjoyed the flick. I’ll give it 3/4. Definitely one to check out on DVD if you miss it at the theater.