Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Movie Review: Wanted

Movie Review: Wanted
CS Rating: GO get it!

Wanted has a dash of everything, beautiful tough kick ass girls, the geeky guy who realizes he has super powers, a superbaddy with charm, and amazing chase scenes. When a film tries to be all these it usually ends up with a shamble, a mess - but somehow Bekmanbetov pulls it off.

This film may herald the final confirmation Hollywood has been waiting for: Comic books are the richest pickings for action flicks with attitude.

James McAvoy gives a good performance as the Peter Parker type who leads a lowly existence only to discover he is in fact part of a thousand year old cult of super assassins.

Heavyweights, Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman add a touch of class to the cast and although the film drags midpoint, it more than makes up with a thrilling last act.

Angelina Jolie is Wanted
What may save Wanted from being another big action movie flop this year like 'Speed Racer', is the tongue in cheek, break the 4th wall and talk-to-the-camera moments in the movie. The voice over is in pure 'Ed Norton Fight Club' style, with the same cynicism and dead pan tone.

If that doesn't do it for you the action scenes will. Jolie and McAvoy have enough charisma to watch in the more pedestrian scenes and as a Brit, I was very impressed with McAvoy’s American accent. Compared to fellow Scot, Ewan McGregor, McAvoy is a master.

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