15 July, 2008
Wanted. It's A Sexy Action Flick.
I felt like some adrenaline-pumping action, but The Girlfriend had another one of her mysterious recurring headaches, and so understandably wasn't in the mood to fool around. We thus decided to watch Wanted instead, the new film starring Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy.
Wanted is a stylish and visually appealing action flick from the guy that directed Night Watch and Day Watch, two Russian films which broke box office records all over Russia, funnily enough. The plot sees McAvoy as an a absolute loser - he gets pushed around at work by his cake-loving boss, he lives in a dinghy apartment, and his girlfriend is cheating on him with his best friend.
His life changes however, as he discovers that his recently deceased father was part of a secret cult of assassins, and he is enlisted to join them. From here the movie kicks off into high-octane action, as McAvoy is transformed from shy introvert into confident killer. The special effects are pretty out there, think The Matrix meets Shoot 'Em Up, and you need to suspend disbelief at times, like when they fire guns at one another and their bullets collide. They are also able to make bullets curve in the air, and so are capable of killing people hiding around corners. The movie is pretty violent, but isn't gory, so squeemish people can enjoy the film without throwing up on everyone.
The movie is what it is - an entertaining cinematic romp - and doesn't pretend to be otherwise.
Angelina Jolie plays her usual sexy action vixen, as previously seen in Mr & Mrs Smith, and Tomb Raider, whilst Morgan Freeman says "f*ck" quite a lot. It's refreshing to see Freeman play a bit of a badass, but it's time that Jolie considers doing something out of her usual comfort zone - like maybe starring in a comedy with Will Ferrell or Owen Wilson.
So yeah, a great way to spend 2 hours, you won't leave the theatre feeling profoundly moved, but it should provide you with some great entertainment.
Wanted scores a Steve-O rating of 3.
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