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Wanted Wanted
Movie Rating:
 6/10
DVD Rating:
 8/10
Overall Rating:
 7/10


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Starring:
James McAvoy
Morgan Freeman
Angelina Jolie
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Special Features:
Includes Sneak Peek of the Video Game Wanted: Weapons Of Fate

Other Info:
Video: Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Run Time: 110 min
Rating: NR

Synopsis from DVD Cover:
Wesley's (James McAvoy) life is over - his pathetic, old one, anyway... Fortunately, it is all because of a girl. Enter sizzling-hot Fox (Angelina Jolie), who crashes into his life and introduces him to the Fraternity, a secret society of assassins, led by the enigmatic Sloan (Morgan Freeman). Seems Wes's long-lost father was killed while working for the Fraternity and Wes has been selected to target the rogue member who murdered him. But before he can complete his assignment, Wes must first uncover the dark secrets behind the Fraternity in order to determine his own destiny.

Quick Review:
I started off not liking "Wanted," as it felt like some weird "Scrubs" meets "Fight Club" hybrid that wasn't sure if it wanted to be a comedy, action movie, meditation of the futility of life, or just an excuse to do nifty special effects. As it went on, though, it figured itself out, and once I got past a whole bunch of incredulity and my initial impression that it was trying to be too cool, the whole thing became pretty entertaining.

Poor old Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) isn't really doing a whole lot with his life. His girlfriend is cheating on him with his best friend, he works in a dead-end job for a boss he hates, and he's got no real prospects for change. Everything changes, however, when he learns he is one part of a line of lethal assassins known as The Fraternity. Leaving his mundane world behind, Wesley begins to train with Sloan (Morgan Freeman), the mysterious leader of the organization, and Fox (Angelina Jolie), a master assassin charged with helping Wesley discover all of the killing skills he's inherited from his father and, eventually, avenge the death of the father he never really knew.

What you have to do to enjoy "Wanted" is understand that, even though it's not your typical superhero-type film, it's definitely a comic book adventure, just without tights and stuff. There's a lot of action, and a lot of it is very nerd-boy special-effects-y; also, this thing is lousy with mythology and backstory, so pay attention. McAvoy is a pretty convincing action-guy, once you get past the Zach Braff-iness of him, though Freeman and Jolie are pretty much just around as occasionally interesting scenery. Both are obviously capable of bringing a lot more than they're allowed to show off here, but characters are given the short end of the time stick when forced to fight for screen time with cool bending bullets and the like. The movie's not all that, but it's also not that bad, and is a lot of fun once it gets going.

The Bonus Features are a varied and large bunch, with eight featurettes that have titles that pretty much tell you what they're all about: "Cast and Characters," "Stunts on the L Train," "Special Effects: The Art of the Impossible," "Groundbreaking Visual Effects: From Imagination to Execution," "The Origins of Wanted: Bringing the Graphic Novel to Life," "Through the Eyes of Visionary Director Timur Bekmambetov"; "The Making of Wanted: The Video Game," and "Wanted: Motion Comics." What's especially appreciated is one, the attention to all the effects and stunts, and two, a profile on Bekmambetov, a director who's good here, but whose "Night Watch" (a bit of a Russian "Wanted") is a sight to behold. Also included are one extended scene and a digital copy of the film.

In Conclusion:
"Wanted" is a stylish film that's better than it might seem at first, so give it a chance, and definitely take a look at the Extras.


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