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Directed By
Timur Bekmambetov

Written By:
Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Chris Morgan, Mark Millar, J.G. Jones

James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann, Common, Angelina Jolie, Kristen Hager, Marc Warren, David O'Hara, Konstantin Khabensky, Lorna Scott, Chris Pratt, Dato Bakhtadze

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Wanted (2008)
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Movie Review by Zara
July 9th, 2008

Knowing what I know about the true storyline for the comic books that WANTED is based on, I can't say in good faith that I went into the movie with an open mind.

I'm actually a fan of Bekmambetov and his work with NIGHT WATCH and DAY WATCH. And because of his high intensity, signature look here, I am giving the movie a couple of stars. But had it not been handled in the slick, visual style coated with thick helpings of blaring music, I don't think I would have given even one sh*t about this movie.

Angelina Jolie, suffering supposedly from the depression of her mother's death at the time of the filming, looks like an emaciated stick form. She is lifeless, uninspiring and flat out annoying in the assumptive way that she looks about like she's still the hottest piece of ass on Earth. (And speaking of which, the ass of "hers" that you get to see in the movie is a body double because the director said she didn't look "filled out enough" for the brief glance.)

James McAvoy, an actor that I have little experience with, having not seen ATONEMENT and only watched him in NARNIA and PENELOPE, I found to be less than believable in the role. He is shrill, his American accent is so painfully forced and he's just not meant for action movies.

If I had to sum the movie up quickly, I'd tell you that it's loud, it's assaultive, it's droll, it's cringe-worthy and it leaves you feeling like you'd rather have had someone beat you up than spent $9 to see it.

Now, if someone had managed to convince a major studio to bring the REAL story line of WANTED to the big screen, that might have been more interesting to me. A group of assassins who go around killing superheroes is cool. The fact that The Killer (Wesley's reference in the books) is forced to do things like rape a woman for his initiation into The Fraternity or kill several people as acts of vengeance for his father's murder, only to find out that the death was a ruse because his dad wanted to watch and see if the training would stick and he'd be able to continue on his legacy (none of that moralistic "I wanted you to have a life I could never have" crap), only to explain that The Killer's last kill was his dad, who he gleefully shoots in the head at the end... that would have been good.

Of course, that wouldn't have been happy-go-lucky Hollywood, and indies wouldn't have had the budget to pull it off, so instead we get this diet soda of a film.

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The Alpha Craig
Jul 9, 2008 3:19 PM
It was the 2 calorie Wanted, not quite Wanted enough.

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