Also, why not make the main character British or Scottish instead of enduring McAvoy's shoddy American accent?
Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is a bored and downtrodden office worker who gets bullied by his boss while his best friend is sleeping with his girlfriend. His life is a shambles. That is, until he is approached out of the blue by the mysterious Fox (Angelina Jolie), a highly trained assassin who is part of a secret society called the Fraternity. Wesley's father was also a member and now that he's recently deceased, Wesley is heir to the skills of a master hitman and the Fraternity bring him onboard.
In his first English language feature, director Timur Bekmambetov brings the similar style from his Russian vampire movies "Night Watch" and "Day Watch" and proves that he's a director that can certainly stage an action scene or two. There are cars that do 360 degree flips, people that leap from skyscrapers, bullets that collide with each other mid-air and even ones that bend round corners, buy hey, it's based on a comic-book by Mark Millar (also responsible for "Kick Ass") so anything goes right? The action scenes are sublimely hyper-stylised and delivered with a breathtakingly fast pace. It also stages a lot of the action in glorious slow-motion, encapsulating the moment and allowing the audience the wallow and appreciate even further.
To begin with, the film may instil a certain deja-vu as it borrows heavily from "Fight Club" in it's premise of a disheartened man, in a dead end job, that finds a new lease of life. Mainly what it incorporates though, is the balletic skills of Hong Kong action maestro John Woo and the gravity defying works of "The Matrix". Quite simply, it's ludicrous stuff but riotously enjoyable all the same.
McAvoy struggles a little with an American accent but for the most part he's good and his performance captures both a sense of humour and an impressive and convincing action ability. A heavily tattooed and vampish Angelina Jolie also gets her fair share of action moments, all-be-it, without much in the way of dialogue. As good as they are though, this is not a film that spends a lot of time or focus on character development. It's an action movie that doesn't pretend to be anything else and is all the better for it.
Visually astounding with a breakneck pace that rarely let's up. It's exciting, innovative and enjoyable, but most of all it's fun. Exactly how an action movie should be delivered.
Wanted gets better with each watch! The film is slick, has a high level of Action, is fast paced and the impressive on many levels, adapted from a Graphic Novel, we go from zero to hero with an audience pleasing plot.
The graphics were highly impressive, with some very unique visuals, the main character was developed well and the back story of the Fraternity and the assassinations were well written.
This is a film that will be watched over and over.
The plot gets weaker and weaker frankly, people are killed for no reason atall because a loom says so,some of the action sequences are really daft, especially the train scene lol and then there's a huge plot twist which is kinda cool but loses the whole loom side of the story cos everybody should kill everybody haha.
Another prob is the film seems to be a vehicle for Jolie and her tats lol! which, I might add are not nice looking tats for one, second, Jolie is not the sexual goddess she seems to think she is lol! she looks like a hotdog with tats in the arse showing scene haha a stick insect with guns haha dont flatter yourself Jolie haha.
There are also plot holes like who is controlling the loom? how can fate control it?? why are people targeted by the loom?? seeing as all of the fraternity are targeted whats the point of there being a fraternity? who was the man leaping out of the skyscraper at the start of the film? how did the train derail? what happened to the train and the thousands of passengers??how come no one has found the fraternities castle?? lol! I could go on.
The plot is a nice idea but seems to need alot of fine tuning.
Its an average flick really, saved by a good if over the top shoot out final sequence and good car chase at the start, the rest is basically ridiculous with bad effects.
In the end this film really does show you how good 'The Matrix' is as this is trying very hard to match it.
But it definitely beats out it's competitors of similar flashy flare. That being said, for its particular style and the fact that it's a graphic novel adaptation, I see an overall success.
Also, McAvoy is very becoming and Jolie does great as always.