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Wanted (2008)

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Critic Consensus: Wanted is stylish, energetic popcorn fare with witty performances from Angelina Jolie (playing an expert assassin), James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman that help to distract from its absurdly over-the-top plot.

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Wesley's (James McAvoy) life is over - his pathetic old one, anyway... Fortunately, it is all because of a girl. Enter sizzling-hot Fox (Angelina Jolie), who crashes into his life and introduces him to the Fraternity, a secret society of assassins, led by the enigmatic Sloan (Morgan Freeman). Seems Wes's long-lost father was killed while working for the Fraternity and Wes has been selected to target the rogue member who murdered him. But before he can complete his assignment, Wes must first uncover the dark secrets behind the Fraternity in order to determine his own destiny. -- (C) Universal

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Cast

James McAvoy
as Wesley Gibson
Terence Stamp
as Pekwarsky
Common
as The Gunsmith
Marc Warren
as The Repairman
Konstantin Khabenskiy
as The Exterminator
Dato Bakhtadze
as The Butcher
Brian Caspe
as The Pharmacist
Mark O'Neal
as Co-Worker
Bridget McManus
as Check-Out Girl
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Critic Reviews for Wanted

All Critics (200) | Top Critics (45)

Bekmambetov's movie evaporates pretty quickly after it's consumed.

July 6, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

Wanted is too bloody, too over the top, too silly, and too special effects driven. It's also excessively entertaining and fun.

July 6, 2010 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Film.com
Top Critic

It's made for fans of films that really just want to see some great visuals, some amazing sequences and some terrific performances.

June 30, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A 12-armed heavy-metal drummer of a movie, kicking and flailing through two hours of impossible. The car chase of the year.

June 28, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
Top Critic

I've watched a movie that, while fiercely entertaining, made me fear for the emotional health of my gender. You have a problem with that?

June 27, 2008 | Full Review…
The New Republic
Top Critic

If the graphic-novel-style hyperviolence of Sin City or 300 is your thing, go ahead and knock yourself out. Or let Angelina do it for you ... It feels so much nicer that way.

June 27, 2008 | Full Review…
Slate
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Wanted

The exhilarating plot cleverly modernizes the Greek Fates myth into a top-notch, action-packed film that defies the laws of Physics with a lot of class, a stylish direction, great performances and full-throttle energy to deliver something truly unique.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

This is, like, the only miss out of several hits in James McAvoy's 2000s career. I understand casting an actor of uncommon quality to portray the physical and emotional anxiety of pre-transformation Wesley, but the post-transformation characterization is somewhat pedestrian and wasted on McAvoy, and he kinda knew it, so he really phoned in that awful accent. Couldn't something have been done? The story is oddly slow with too much revenge masquerading as redemption, and Angie is just a one-note badass. Oh well.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

½

The premise is ridiculous as are the action sequences. But what else can you expect from a mindless action summer popcorn movie? Also, why not make the main character British or Scottish instead of enduring McAvoy's shoddy American accent?

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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