Luis' Review of Wanted

  • 2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

    Wanted (2008)

    WANTED is an over the top, action packed,violent and fun comic book film about professional killers who can curve bullets and have uncanny adrenaline that make them do things other normal people can't do and it stars Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. When I first saw the trailer for the film I never knew it was based on graphic comic books by Mark Millar, I was about to jump out of my seat and call this movie preposterous and stupid and so many other things when I saw Mr. X (David O' Hara) jump from across a Chicago skyscraper to the edge of the roof of another building; but then realized its an action/comic book movie so it's all good. I think it may have said at the beginning of the film "based on a comic book by" but I must have missed it.

    James McAvoy plays Wesley a loser who has a boring office job and is bothered by his fat and obnoxious boss. He is encountered one day by a very skinny but still good looking Angelina Jolie who takes Wesley on a very well directed action sequence involving a red Corvette and guns (I saw that busted red Corvette one day while I was driving by LaSalle street in the summer of 07 while they were still filming the movie here in Chicago and it was pretty cool) I've always been a fan of James McAvoy's work and even though he's Scottish he does a good job of talking like an American in this film.

    Wesley learns that he may have what it takes to become a super assassin who can curve bullets and along the way is taught by Morgan Freeman who plays a modern day Yoda in this film with no green ears or walking sticks. R&B singer Common also teaches Wesley a thing or two. Overall, I liked the over the topness of the film, the action scenes were well directed, the pacing of the story was crisp and the visual effects were good. Oh and it was also filmed in picturesque Chicago, when a film is shot here I like seeing places in the film that I've been to or streets that I've passed by or driven by.
    3 out 4 stars

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