Release date: July 27, 2008
Cast: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Angelina
This one is for the boys. Sexual overtones,
gruesome knockout beat downs, swerving bullets that defy a gun's trajectory,
peanut-butter-crazed exploding rats and some tongue-in-cheek humor so you dont
take it all so serious.
The beginning of Wanted was very reminiscent of the first Matrix, in that the main character, Wesley, portrayed so innocently
by James McAvoy, narrates it.
Wesleys living a life of lackluster motivations;
doing whats expected yet never reaping any of the benefits. He sits in a
cubicle working for a lousy boss, who takes every opportunity that she can to
spew malicious remarks at him.
Wesley is also with a pretentious girlfriend who
makes him feel like sh*t at home. His so-called friend is a two-faced jerk, and
hes downing anti-panic attack pills like their tic-tacs. Somethings got to
give. Wesley is cute and unassuming and hes the son of one of the worlds most
infamous first-class assassins.
Before we know it, his life is put in danger, and
a strange woman, Fox (played by Angelina Jolie), has to step in to save him. I
love Jolie as Fox - she is the type of cool, skinny b*tch who has no time for
boyfriends or relationships, or even sexuality or flirtations.
For Fox and her brethren, its about being a
solider. And she does a lot more than save Wesleys life; shes given the task
of recruiting and training him; basically to transform him into the man that hes
destined to be.
Fox is a member of an organization called The
Fraternity of Assassins. Their mission: kill one, (maybe) save a thousand. Led by
smooth-talking father figure Sloan (Morgan Freeman), this group of misfit
killers represents the worlds finest murder specialists.
Wesley jumps at the chance to change his life, and
most importantly, to learn more about his father. But joining a fraternity
isnt a walk in the park, especially not a fraternity of killers. Wesleys
official training is short in the whole sequence of the film, yet contributes
to lots of comedic moments that allow you to become familiar with his character
and the lovely characters of The Fraternity.
Common portrays Gunsmith, the sexy beast who manages
the guns and trains Wesley to do some of the most dramatic things with a bullet.
Then theres The Butcher, who knows his way around the meat freezer and handles
a knife unlike any other film character Ive seen.
The most memorable character is The Repairman, who
soaks Wesley in what initially looks like solid candle wax every time hes worn
out from his official assassin training. He also teaches him a thing or two
about rodents fondness for peanut butter.
Creating the ultimate killing machine doesnt come
easy, but it seems like lots of fun. Before you
know it, Wesley is curving bullets and breaking noses with the best of them.
Hes finally ready to make his first kill. But who or what decides who gets the
Sloan and this mysterious artistry of fabric
tapestry make those decisions. Its Sloans job to read the names and their job
to fulfill the order and make the kill. Everyone goes along with the system -
until theres a glitch. Theres always a glitch, and Wesley ends smack dab in
the middle fighting for his life.
In hot pursuit of his target, Wesley and Fox end
up in Italy on a metro train that heads up a mountain. All hell breaks loose,
but hes determined to make his target. This sequence of scenes makes for some
of the most exciting stunts in the movie. Edge-of-your-seat drama, action and
artillery swirling around peoples heads... Wow, theres still thirty minutes
When I say that the boys will love this movie, I
mean it. Its rough like Fight Club
yet driven like The Transporter,
including knuckle punches, train rides and bullet wounds. Everything the boys
love to see in an action flick. Remember there is a twist, which will keep you
guessing till the very end.
is a great Friday night flick that will get your heart pumping and your trigger
finger inching. Believe me, its worth it in every sense of the word. If you
like action flicks, you want to see Wanted.