With every action film that comes out it seems like the director, in this case Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch), always tries to push the limits of this always changing genre. With each release the stories become wilder, the assassins/heroes deadlier, the weapons more amazing, stunts crazier, and the special effects eye popping. It has become a never say never genre.
You sorta scratch your head when you see trailers for films like "Wanted" and see that talented actors like Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy are starring in what is essentially an action film. You wonder why. And then you see the film and you begin to understand. Watching the film is a very cool experience and so it translates that it must have more fun than a barrel of monkeys to film. More and more actors like Jolie, Charlize Theron, Robert Downey Jr., Edward Norton, and Christian Bale are taking roles in films that they never would have even considered without today's modern technology.
You might be wondering why, in what is supposed to be a review of the film, I started with a discussion of why some of the more talented 'serious' actors are now taking roles in action films. Well, after seeing "Wanted" you'll understand. The film is so cool that at several points you feel it will go overboard and fall into the abyss of cheesiness. But that never happens. It is all about the way it looks, sounds and, yes, even feels. It's just cool!
"Wanted" follows a fairly simple and nothing new story of a nerdy guy, Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy – The Last King of Scotland, Atonement), being transformed into a highly skilled assassin. (Happens all the time, you're saying to yourself) Wesley is the type of guy who works all day in a cubicle, gets yelled at by his boss on a daily basis, punches his time card at the end of another mind numbingly boring day, and then heads home to be ignored by his girlfriend.
In a matter of moments his life changes by the mere fact that he meets a beautiful woman named Fox (Angelina Jolie – Girl Interrupted, Beowulf). She tells Wesley, who thought his father died when he was a young boy, that his father was a top assassin who was just murdered recently. After recovering from the shock of this news, Wesley is recruited (forcibly) into The Fraternity, a covert group of assassins. The Fraternity trains Wesley to be a deadly assassin by unlocking powers he did not even know he had. Wesley is now going to go about avenging his father's death. Fox and Sloan (Morgan Freeman – The Shawshank Redemption, The Bucket List) both guide in their own unique way Wesley towards this goal.
Having more power and ability than he ever thought possible, Wesley begins to realize that there is something sinister about The Fraternity.
The theme of the film is taking charge of your life and achieving what you want. Choice is the name of the game and director Bekmambetov has chosen to make a very cool, highly stylized film. Stay away from analyzing a film in which the paths of bullets can be bent and enjoy it for what it is.
Oozing style, Angelina Jolie and dark humour, "Wanted" did very well at the box office, thank you, and I expect the trend to continue with the Blu-ray/DVD release.
– Extended scene
-Special effects: The art of the impossible
-Cast and characters
-Stunts on the L Train
-Wanted: Motion comics