A young man finds out his long lost father is an assassin. When his father is murdered, the son is recruited into his fathers old organization and trained by a man named Sloan to follow in his dads footsteps.The anxious, clumsy and abused office clerk Wesley Allan Gibson has a hell and boring routine life his obese boss humiliates him all the time and his girlfriend betrays him with his colleague and best friend during working period. When he meets the sexy Fox, Wesley is informed that his father was a professional killer that belonged to an ancient organization called Fraternity and killed by the skilled and powerful Cross, a hit-man that has betrayed the Fraternity. Wesley learns that his anxiety actually is a manifestation of his latent abilities and he joins the society under the command of Sloan. Trained by Fox, he changes his personality and attitude, being prepared to face the dangerous Cross and find a hidden secret.
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Wanted is bull****, but it's inventive bull**** - and that is what makes it different from about 95% of all the other, more generic action movies out there!
Don't mind the bad rewviews. This is one great action flick! Sure there isn't a Shakespearian story here, but this movie is not trying to be Hamlet. It is fast paced, fun and entertaining.See it today.
This is the first "comment" I've written for a movie. I just saw themovie on opening night with my girlfriend. And we both LOVED it! Wereboth 17, so for a teenager i'd say its a good movie to go to.I watch a lot of movies, and not man blockbuster films, and i likepretty much any kind of movie (or i at least give them a shot). I readreviews that this movie was The Matrix with humor, but just a few ofthe special effects reminded me of the matrix, but otherwise not thatmuch, although i can see how people compared characters in Wanted withthe Matrix,but i didn't even think about that during the movie.I recommend this movie for everyone to go see, even adults. The humorin it is funny, and makes the movie seem a little less serious, whichis good...trust me! The only thing i didn't like about this movie,(wont give anything away don't worry) was when Angelina and Mcavoy arethe train at night, the green screening makes it look kind of fake, andthat just bugs me with movies. But it defiantly didn't effect howamazing this movie was. The special effects were stunning. The plot waspretty good, and the script wasn't terrible. Go and see it if yourlooking for a good movie to see!
Jolie, thin as a wraith and as still as alabaster, reigns supreme as the queen of great screen objects, and Freeman has one of the film's funniest (if profane) lines.
i don't know what the makers of this movie were thinking. it is likethey could not decide on what was more important; a pure action or agood story. finally they came up with very good action but a veryflawed story line up. i was cursing the whole time i was watching thismovie. very very bad story. every once a while Hollywood comes with amovie that you just want to get over with. i think it was a total wasteof time to watch this movie. further it shows that even class actorscannot save a bad story line no matter how good their performances are.if you are a type of guy who wants the solid substance to back a goodaction sequence, then you will really be disappointed with this movie.
Car chases, gun fights, slow motion, a protagonist with exceptional yethidden assassination talents, Angelina Jolie's bare backside and MorganFreeman as a wise leader figure. Let's just say that "Wanted" has allthe bases covered when it comes to building an action movie. Hard toargue with that formula and to be honest, what you see is what you get.This movie is action, action, and more action that's been injected withsteroids. If you want substance outside of the overdone "choose yourown destiny" theme, look elsewhere. Seriously."Wanted" stars James McAvoy in his first blockbuster-style movie asWelsey Gibson, an ordinary loser accountant that hates his life untilhe's magically whirlwinded into learning his father was the greatestassassin ever and that he too has those abilities. Wesley of courselearns from the best, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie as he assumeswhat he comes to believe as his destiny.This film walks a fine line between borrowed concepts and clichÃ©s fromaction movie secret society stories. At times you get the sense you'rewatching something you've never seen before and yet you get thisfeeling that it's all incredibly familiar. For example, there are somereally awesome, unique scenes, particularly the car sequences and thenthere are overdone slow motion techniques that first-time director ofan American film Timur Bekmambetov uses. As a result, the film bouncesback and forth from cool and engaging to overdone and over-stimulating.So, when the film spits this edgy narrative and flashy style at you,you either say "awesome" or "seriously?"It's easy to say this film is fun. Cool is a bit more risky because ittries to be a bit too much and usually cool films don't try to act toocool. It's for sure entertaining and a good kill of a couple hours,which is all you need from a film sometimes. There are a lot worseaction films out there that won't keep your attention but this onedoes. Somehow, you still are interested in these characters, even ifthey're a bit hollow. Gotta give "Wanted" credit though. Nowadays, you don't usually see"all-formula, all the time" films come out and get solid reviews. It'sreally good at recycling and putting twists on familiar concepts andmaking them appear a bit more fresh. "Wanted" knows which cards to getand how to play them right, that's for sure.
I never bought "Wanted" the comic despite the good art. I'm not a fanof Mark Millar's comic book writing. My hope was that the movie wouldbe better than the comic regardless of how much I dislike Millar'swriting. Thankfully someone else wrote the screenplay.There are movies that are so bad they are good. This isn't one. Thereare movies where the special effects are cool and you don't care aboutthe story. This isn't one. There are movies where the actors are sogood, they can carry a bad story and make it work. This isn't one.There are movies that just have a stunning plot and you watch itthinking "Wow." This isn't one.The story starts stupid and gets progressively more stupid at randomintervals throughout. It's attempt to try and be clever fall short.It's attempt to be visually exciting just makes your eyes roll.I say don't waste your time seeing it. Ignore the DVD release. I'mgoing to give it 4 stars for being boring and stupid.
An action movie is an Action Movie. You can give it a great story, get great actors but we all want to see things blow up. This is the foundation to all action movies. Everthing else is icing. So far in my lifetime, only the matrix (original) was great in all these departments. That said, this movie is not the Matrix. But for what it's worth, it's pretty good.The story is familiar but is done right. For that itt receives a b-.The actors bought something to the table that others could not. They were perfectly casted. I just wished they were developed more. BThe direction was almost flawless except for some all too familar progression schemes.b+The visuals were great. The special effects were great. It's just that alot of the action sequences were to all over the place with the camera. Too many times, you were left to focus yourself. A-The movie gave everthing it advertised. There was nothing groundbreaking. But the action was entertaining.
Call it the fast and the furious Russian style: Bekmambetov has made a fast moving, relentlessly violent film that injects visceral frills and thrills into the action genre with a cool and sardonic sensibility that would please Tarantino and Rodriguez
I quite enjoyed this film. First off I would say that one needs to gointo it with the proper expectations. This is an action movie people,not Fellini. But, what I consider the "new generation" of actionmovies. It may be rife with explosions and car chases, but it's stillgot an intelligent edge to it. There is some wonderful subtle humourwhich I completely appreciated.James McAvoy (my new favourite actor) plays Wesley Gibson who isfeeling very much like a cog in the proverbial machine. Or perhaps evenjust a bolt on said cog. His job sucks, his girlfriend sucks, hisapartment sucks... you get the point. The thing I found refreshing wasthat McAvoy portrays this role very convincingly and naturally. Youdon't feel it's contrived or forced at all. He IS Wesley Gibson. Eversince Office Space and Fight Club, Hollywood has caught on to andplayed off the concept of the anonymous office underdog becoming thehero. It may be something many people can relate to, but those of uswho can relate to that feeling of lost identity in the cubicle farms ofAmerica also DON'T appreciate being pandered to. This is what makesMcAvoy's performance so brilliant in this film - he is utterly natural.He even had me cheering aloud for Wesley's triumphs at a few points!The basic setup is this: Wesley Gibson suddenly finds his droll lifeflipped upside down when he is told that he is the son of the greatestassassin that ever lived... and now he is being recruited by an orderof assassins to join the ranks. Gibson is faced with the classicinternal struggle of whether to take a leap of faith and leave thecomfort of his current life (which he hates), or take the easy road andstay safe... and miserable.Angelina Jolie plays one of the aforementioned assassins. I am not abig fan of hers. She's not a bad actress per se, but is highlyoverrated - and frankly not all that versatile either. In this rolelike most others, she's still very much Angelina rather than hercharacter "Fox," which is her biggest weakness. That being said though,she actually toned things down and managed to not try to steal the showfrom the leads. There is some nice backstory on Fox which lends to yourinterest in the character.Morgan Freeman is lovely as always. I don't think this man could turnin a bad performance if he tried. His character is also well writtenwith some good details adding to the depth of his performance. TerrenceStamp also makes an appearance, leading to an all out well-roundedcast.My only gripe about the film is that the end did seem to drag out atiny bit. There's a bit that I figured was the end... and actuallywould have totally been fine with it ending there and leading to asequel (even with a very obvious lead up like that). This happenedtwice, sadly.Overall though, the action sequences were fairly original in both setupand cinematography, the dialog was realistic with a dash of wit, andthe subtext of the internal struggle to both find oneself and pushoneself to strive for higher goals was a much appreciated and integraladdition to the film.A good time through and through. Go see it.
Saw this in the theater and it was great.Tons of action and suspense.Crazy special effects and great plot twists.
Yet another teen wet dream on the screen. Any adolescent could dream upsuch a (Hey look at how cool I am) story. I myself (23) daydream nowand then. Butt I wouldn't make a movie out of some delusion ofgrandeur. This movie just pushes the credibility to far. I mean how"special" or "talented" do you have to be to be able to stop a bulletwith another bullet. And they pick there targets out of a peace ofcloth??? Hmm...They don't explain things very well. And in the end what reallyhappened? He works in a dead end job. Becomes an assassin. Getsbetrayed. Takes revenge (with rats). And then asks us: What have wedone lately? I say, "Make love not war."
This is a movie that falls firmly into the category of '(Quite (NotVery)) Entertaining Garbage'. It might have had something going for itif we hadn't seen The Matrix ... all those years ago. But what thehell, put your mind on 'coast' and sit back for a (kinda) funhour-and-a-half you'll never get back. For me the inclusion of the name'Angelina Jolie' in a cast list is a near-guarantee of poor quality. Onthe other hand, 'Morgan Freeman' usually has the opposite effect. MaybeMorgan is saving up for his divorce or somebody's been stepping on hischlorpromazine, but either way his presence is something of a mystery.I can understand how films like this get made I just don't know why.Maybe it's because we're alone in an endless, silent, eternal emptiness- an emptiness we try to fill any way we can... oh now I thinksomeone's been stepping on m y chlorpromazine
...of king of the empty-headed eye-candy movies, but has to do it witha "Speed Racer" quality script. The results are kinetic but utterlyforgettable. James "Atonement" McAvoy is an nerdish accountant rippedfrom his obnoxious life by Angelina "you have to ask?" Jolie and abullet fired by a slumming Thomas "Stalingrad" Kretschmann. Wham, bam,thank you, ma'am, and McAvoy's an instinctual super-assassin chargedwith bringing his purported father's killer a steaming helping oftit-for-tat.Jolie's got the tats (and the others), and otherwise respectable actorslike Morgan "Driving Miss Daisy" Freeman and Terence "The Collector"Stamp take undoubtedly sumptuous paychecks enacting the slim comic-bookplot, but it's all for naught. The visuals are fine and dandy, lots ofwhoo-hoo bullet trajectory shots and physically impossible stuntwork,and a pounding soundtrack and so on and so forth, and it all stillcomes to naught. The characters are cardboard cut-outs, the dialogue is"Fight Club" lite and even more pretentious; in short, everything issuch a cartoon that it packs all the emotional wallop of a LooneyTuneÂ. That, in and of itself, is not necessarily a bad thing, ofcourse, but in the case of "Wanted" it is. It's such an obvious stab atsetting up a new franchise that it instantly deflates itself.Time-killer viewing only, check brain at door. It gets a six from mestrictly for the stylish visuals, and even then, just barely. DirectorTimur "Night/Day Watch" Bekmambetov is quite capable, but thisdispensable junk was not really up to his standards. Watch at your ownrisk of boredom and ridicule.
My bottom line is this.. if your are expecting a movie that obeys allknown physical, chemical and gravitational laws, and that nothing aboutit should be deviant from what you already know, then go watchdiscovery channel, or National geographic. If you wanna spend about anhour and a half, just being entertained by and action thriller, thenthis movie fits the bill. There are some scenes that are brilliant, simply brilliant. You justcant help but gape at the screen, just by the sheer brilliance of thedirection and cinematography. There will be again some more scenes,where you just wanna pull your hair out, cos its so incredulous.Bullets hitting bullets, and curving the path of the bullets byflicking your arm are just some of the things that begin to make youthink this is one stupid hell of a movie. But believe me, the way the story has been taken through, thoughpredictable, doesn't leave you unfulfilled. You almost just cant waitto find out whats going to happen next, cos its gonna keep you guessingany which ways. The acting is splendid. Anjelina and McAvoy have played their roles toperfection. And Freeman, though a small role, plays it with panache.The music score is OK, nothing spectacular, but the camera work and thespecial effects are nothing short of spectacular, for sure.Again I warn you, don't go to watch expecting to be convinced, but goto watch the movie, just for the pure thrill of watching an excellentaction movie.
This is one of the most disturbing movies that I've seen in a long time. I thought the Kill Bill movies were awful, but after watching this movie, now consider them fairly tame. The scenes where the main character is being "trained" and repeatedly beat up, was too drawn out and much too intense & violent! The close-up views of people being shot in the head were much too graphic! This movie is a prime example of why people are so unaffected by everyday violence. After suffering though the non-stop over-the-top violence, I felt that the story line fell flat at the end. It was a thin story line anyway, but when it was over I felt myself thinking, "What was the point?" I also found myself a bit surprised that Angelina Jolie would play such a violent character knowing her quest in life seems to be world peace, etc. She seems to be trying to almost single-handedly save the children of the world, by adoption.....would she want these children to see her work on screen? Quite the opposite of the spectrum!I will definitely be recommending this movie.....recommending that it be avoided!
Speaking of bodies, Jolie's is here front and center, her svelte frame slinking across the screen with an alluring animalism magnified by the steamy twinkle in her eyes and sensual gestures as small as a wave of the hand or a shrug of the shoulder.
This movie pissed me off. No storyline, lack of acting skills and unrealistic stunts. A bullet would blow up the fly and make a hole on the wall, not just blow off the wings. The painted up skeleton had no credibility of being sexy. Even Morgan Freeman's acting sucked. Movie focuses on still poses and not real action. Storyline not original but this is the first time I see such storyline lose its philosophical values.
Bekmambetov made better films in Russia with far less money and more ideas.
One of the cheerfully insane, visually extraordinary and compulsively entertaining action blockbusters to emerge from Hollywood in a long, long time.