Wanted (18)

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Tue Jun 24 2008

Russian fabulist Timur Bekmambetov (‘Nightwatch’, ‘Daywatch’) must have spent a lot of time watching the ‘Matrix’ films before embarking on this action caper. James McAvoy is a nervy, stifled office lackey who is one day asked to join a secret fraternity of assassins by a heavily tattooed Angelina Jolie. Why? Because he possesses the innate ability to curve bullets with his mind, of course.

Based in the back room of a textile factory, the team receive orders to kill via the coded weavings of a magical loom. So far-fetched is all this (the threat of an army of exploding rats has already been made) that when overseer Morgan Freeman delivers the line ‘We call this… the Loom of Fate’, you won’t bat an eyelid. It’s already the lingua franca.

This is cinema for people who slow down at car wrecks: Bekmambetov takes pleasure in showing us a bullet slowly boring in or out of the cranium while taking great care in sculpting the resultant swirl of CG blood. McAvoy is reasonable in his first action lead, but offers a tin-eared approximation of the US accent that comes across less like the middle-class salaryman he is and more Jewish New York cab driver (think Bob Hoskins).

There’s an eccentric otherness to the film which just manages to sustain the interest, but whether Bekmambetov’s talents lie in filmmaking rather than gaming or comics is debatable.
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Fri Jun 27, 2008

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110 mins

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C-Crew

Just thought I'd point out that it wasn't directly his fault what happened to the train - one of the ticket collectors made it stop where it did which meant, I think with some sort of loose connection to the track attributed to Angelina, the people died. But yes he should have some some care for them and those in the many car chases who must have died... I loved this film. I expected to find it foolish, having heard its premises were so, and therefor not enjoy it. Perhaps thats why I didn't mind some aspects of the plot. But I think it was more than that cos I really like it. The loom was stupid but so are a great deal of fictional and superhero film premises. McAvoy was inspired casting; with his intensity and reality that give conviction to all the characters I've seen him play previously. Don't know who else they were considering but many other people would have left the film floundering. James makes me 'believe' a lot of the 'unbelievable' stuff here. Or at the very least makes me enjoy it. I think its not much like the comics - fans of the comics aren't impressed. But something too close to them I don't think would have worked as a movie. Different mediums and all that. As for not liking the casting, I can understand that since Fox in the comics is basically Halle Berry and Wes is Ememem. However I don't think they would have worked in this translation to film! There have been reviews saying females are unkindly presented. I'd agree, though I hadn't thought of it before and it didn't affect my enjoyment of the movie. I still love the boss - she's great. The girlfriend could have been given more depth and understanding. Living with someone as disconnected as James character would be hard. Not suggesting she was right in how she dealt with it, just saying the character wasn't given enough depth. Angelina, despite her limited number of lines, familiar pout and being there largely as eye-candy, played the part well, somehow seemed to have depth and didn't leave me requiring anything more. It was a bit self involved - especially with James commentary. I was cringing a bit for the last one... but then the last line of the movie made me laugh. Its such a big question coming out of a film without any real philosophical depth. Maybe it meant to have that depth, but I found any philosophical stuff in it dismissable as plot construction, so the last line just reminded me I was taking the movie as an enjoyable, tongue-in-cheek, action movie. I'd also like to note the fantastic music that lent a huge amount to the action-romp tone of the whole thing. In the end, despite any holes in the strange plot, I enjoyed it as a fictional action romp with brilliant actors adding the necessary depth!

kermy

I had a long and painful relationship once. which i would gladly endure again before ever having to see this film once more. proof that we humans have disappointed ourselves with the poor use of our potential. ! what a god awful load of s%^t. very much up there with the worst films i have ever seen

nick

what an aboslute shocking film , i cant be botherd writing much so to some it up , ide rather rip my d**k off and put it in my mouth than watch that film ever again!

ZOFH

A Top Class Action Fantasy. Loyal to the graphic novels and loyal to the concept of pure comic book escapist fantasy. Great casting, played with tongue firmly in cheek by all concerned. 5 out of 5 fun rating. If you want Oscars - watch the Changeling. Furthermore, what did you think a comic book action film about Assasins was going to be about? Poetry? I just bought it on Bluray and with the sound pumped up (yes, only on a Saturday afternoon so it doesn't disturb anyone) it utterly ROCKS!

ZOFH

A Top Class Action Fantasy. Loyal to the graphic novels and loyal to the concept of pure comic book escapist fantasy. Great casting, played with tongue firmly in cheek by all concerned. 5 out of 5 fun rating. If you want Oscars - watch the Changeling. Furthermore, what did you think a comic book action film about Assasins was going to be about? Poetry? I just bought it on Bluray and with the sound pumped up (yes, only on a Saturday afternoon so it doesn't disturb anyone) it utterly ROCKS!

pedro

Utter load of crap. don't want to waste anymore time writing anything else.

GerryMcC

One of your contibutors mentioned the word 'imagination' in relation to this movie. It's not the word I would use except if it was prededed by another two and they are 'lack of'. This was a Mac-Movie. Instantly forgotten except for the sour aftertaste of 'WTF was that about?'. With more holes than an Emmenthal cheese, the plot produces yet another megalomaniac who wants to mould the world to his tastes using a loom to spell out his targets in code - the already mentioned Loom of Fate. I felt it was more like, if you wish, a Loom with a View - and the view is death to all the boss's opponents. I can hardly believe that I wasted an afternoon watching this drivel but then again I'm not a lobotomised bean sprout although this movie did its best to turn me into one!

Barbara V

I was looking forward to seeing this movie Wanted tonight. I enjoyed Mr. &Mrs. Smith with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, but I was so disgusted and disappointed in this film. There was way too much violence and scenes with large rats as big as cats, so gross. I would think Ms Jolie, who is the Mother of so many children ,would want to give a better impression of herself to the public. This is a movie that doesn't send the right vibes to the younger generation. It was pure trash.

Crawmer

Looks flash, but no logic whatsoever. So the Wesley guy worries he's doing the right thing killing his targets, but thanks to him every man, woman and child on a train dies and the audience is still meant to care about his so-called problems?! Er, hello? 'What have you done lately?' he says later. Well, I haven't murdered 300 people mate... pretty proud of that. Worst plot-hole ever. And worst mention of a loom in a movie ever. I am glad about one thing - getting to read Miles' comments... 1.the traffic police has turned 3 lanes to a single lane. Priceless.

nathaniel

My girlfriend and her brother and I saw this movie last weekend. When the "Loom of Fate" line was uttered, we couldn't stop laughing. This turkey knocks off Vanilla Sky as my worst ever film. Truly, you should recommend it as FANTASTIC to someone you really don't like - it'll be 110 interminable minutes of their life they'll never get back. Utterly awful. I'd give it a negative rating if it was at all possible.

Henry Zakumumpa

If you want a thoughtful film with depth, WANTED is not your cup of tea. But it is a real joy to watch. In many ways its a feel-good movie, at least it feels that way when you leave your seat at the cinema. All you have to do is to let your brain into recess and turn on the imagination burton. Its very akin to the Clive Owen film, Shoot Em'. The story is really a simple one. The James McAvoy character is a low-grade accountant with a small office cubicle at a mediocre accounting firm with a boss from hell.Our main character's girlfriend is sleeping with his best friend. He has an all round lack of application . He rents a lowly apartment near a noisy railway line and he is the butt of jokes at the work place. Unknown to him is the fact that he is the father of a hitman from a company called the fraternity. He is approached and told that his father has been killed on the job and that he has rare talents for being a hitman.He is then trained to become a hitman with the ultimate aim of having him avenge his father's death. The training is atrocious includes being able to bend a bullet to hit your target, running on top of high speed trains. There are twists and turn from that moment on including a suprise realisation ,abefore the close of the film . If you want action, bullets, Matrix-type air-borne shooting sprees ,fantasy fights,this is your kind of movie. The movie doesnt pretend to be what its not, you just figure that your are in for a fun time at the cinema. On a deeper level, WANTED is about personal redemption. Violence here is some kind of therapy. The lead character overcomes his demons and mediocre life and begins to see himself in new ligh with his new found power and application. On another level, WANTED is a satire about living a frustrating middle class existence. Do you have the guts to turn around your life and kick ass? The very last line of the movie is, what have you done lately? Angelina jolie lends her screen presence to this one and only plays a limited role in WANTEDbut its at critical points in the film. This film will not tax your brains but it invites you to suspend your brains for a while and release your imagination. If you can do that for about 120 minutes then its a guarenteed fun time at the cineplex.

Henry Zakumumpa

If you want a thoughtful film with depth, WANTED is not your cup of tea. But it is a real joy to watch. In many ways its a feel-good movie, at least it feels that way when you leave your seat at the cinema. All you have to do is to let your brain into recess and turn on the imagination burton. Its very akin to the Clive Owen film, Shoot Em'. The story is really a simple one. The James McAvoy character is a low-grade accountant with a small office cubicle at a mediocre accounting firm with a boss from hell.Our main character's girlfriend is sleeping with his best friend. He has an all round lack of application . He rents a lowly apartment near a noisy railway line and he is the butt of jokes at the work place. Unknown to him is the fact that he is the father of a hitman from a company called the fraternity. He is approached and told that his father has been killed on the job and that he has rare talents for being a hitman.He is then trained to become a hitman with the ultimate aim of having him avenge his father's death. The training is atrocious includes being able to bend a bullet to hit your target, running on top of high speed trains. There are twists and turn from that moment on including a suprise realisation ,abefore the close of the film . If you want action, bullets, Matrix-type air-borne shooting sprees ,fantasy fights,this is your kind of movie. The movie doesnt pretend to be what its not, you just figure that your are in for a fun time at the cinema. On a deeper level, WANTED is about personal redemption. Violence here is some kind of therapy. The lead character overcomes his demons and mediocre life and begins to see himself in new ligh with his new found power and application. On another level, WANTED is a satire about living a frustrating middle class existence. Do you have the guts to turn around your life and kick ass? The very last line of the movie is, what have you done lately? Angelina jolie lends her screen presence to this one and only plays a limited role in WANTEDbut its at critical points in the film. This film will not tax your brains but it invites you to suspend your brains for a while and release your imagination. If you can do that for about 120 minutes then its a guarenteed fun time at the cineplex.

Gill

I thought this was a pretty great film in comparison to some shockers that Ive seen this year!! I do think you had to let your imagination go slightly - 'the loom of fate' is slightly farfetched. All in all I'd say this film is definately worth seeing if you have an imagination :)

Gill

I thought this was a pretty great film in comparison to some shockers that Ive seen this year!! I do think you had to let your imagination go slightly - 'the loom of fate' is slightly farfetched. All in all I'd say this film is definately worth seeing if you have an imagination :)

Lydia

It was rubbish i hated it so much i had to walk out of the cinema!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rochelle

Great film one of da best ones out dis year gd 2 watch if u have sum kinda imagination

Rochelle

Great film one of da best ones out dis year gd 2 watch if u have sum kinda imagination

Mike

The 'loom of fate'!! - Morgan Freeman has been in some turkeys before, so he is used to saying crap lines with the impression of gravitas, but this was bad even for him. The plot was awful - how could anyone avoid laughing this idea out of court when the script was sent in with a plot based on a 1000yr old magic loom. And did James McAvoy need to be punched and kniefed as part of his training - and if there was a reason, why in such a graphic way? Its a shame that the use of stylised violence when needed, which other directors use with thought, and the great CGI, could not be more thoughtfully 'woven' together to make a good film.. and

Louise

On so many levels this is an appalling film. It was shocking to see so much totally pointless violence. In the current climate of youth gang-related violence, what sort of message it is to say, quit your boring day job and become an assassin to find fullfillment and work out who you truly are. The misogyny also does not go unoticed. What were the actors thinking? I'm no movie star but surely money isn't everything, especially to people who one assumes already have plenty. Angelina Jolie presents herself as an earth mother type, and to be in something like this it difficult to comprehend. James McAvoy, surely this the sort of trash that an actor would perhaps be in at the twilight of their career as a straight- to-video release (Morgan Freeman? Terence Stamp?!) but surely not someone so clearly in vogue. The plot was also threadbare in the extreme (pun intended). And why blow up rats? Nasty cruely to animals, again beyond entertainment. It saddens me that anyone could enjoy this film, it has no merit at all. Please do not waste your money. The lowest rating I can give here is 1 star, but giving it any is uncomfortable. This film should be banned.

MILES

a great movie with a code of honour and a great commentary on control in modern day corprate mess ,with the loom of fate as a great metaphor for today's chaotic world , jolie was great and i am surprised how some silly critics can criticise her for having skinny arms ,do super beings have to be muscle hunks even when they are as sexy as AJ, ALSO FOR THE MAIN REVIEWER people who slow down for car wrecks do so for 1.the traffic police has turned 3 lanes to a single lane . 2we are human and curious about fellow humanity. 3.we do like to say a prayer for the safety of the poor victims involved in the wreck . Obviously the timeout critic does not see things from this perspective ,sodo you speed along without even a glance at the poor dead or sufferrring souls .what a real shame .

MILES

a great movie with a code of honour and a great commentary on control in modern day corprate mess ,with the loom of fate as a great metaphor for today's chaotic world , jolie was great and i am surprised how some silly critics can criticise her for having skinny arms ,do super beings have to be muscle hunks even when they are as sexy as AJ, ALSO FOR THE MAIN REVIEWER people who slow down for car wrecks do so for 1.the traffic police has turned 3 lanes to a single lane . 2we are human and curious about fellow humanity. 3.we do like to say a prayer for the safety of the poor victims involved in the wreck . Obviously the timeout critic does not see things from this perspective ,sodo you speed along without even a glance at the poor dead or sufferrring souls .what a real shame .

Chris

Absoluely awful. Left me numb. Terrible. (BTW - I love action films, comic-book films, and found Iron Man and Incredible Hulk to both be excellent)

Rara

Egomaniac attention seeking maniac? Just makes me laugh that someone would go to such lengths to pretentiously put someone down like that. It's an opinion, deal with it! You "don't want to hear no more about greek/roman mythologies"... Stop listening then. Wanted was great =)

Rara

Egomaniac attention seeking maniac? Just makes me laugh that someone would go to such lengths to pretentiously put someone down like that. It's an opinion, deal with it! You "don't want to hear no more about greek/roman mythologies"... Stop listening then. Wanted was great =)

Keren

Enjoyable hokum... very easy to watch. So preposterous, it is laugh out load funny. A must see on a rainy summers evening....!

matt brappp

ohh my days man im going to c wanted 2nite with my gf but dnt kno weather to bcus u bloody divs sayin it is crap so thanx peeps

Rara

lol, Everyone slates this film because of it's "ridiculous story plot", matye... its lifted from a comic book! What the hell do you expect? I thought it was bloody brilliant, linking in all those (loose albeit) ancient greek/roman mythologies about the threads of fate, and awesome action scenes and faith into one great film. James McEvoy is brilliant as an underachiever and Angelina Jolie, is alright as that skinnyass hardnut! A defininate dvd buy for me! An enthusiastic two thumbs up!

Rara

lol, Everyone slates this film because of it's "ridiculous story plot", matye... its lifted from a comic book! What the hell do you expect? I thought it was bloody brilliant, linking in all those (loose albeit) ancient greek/roman mythologies about the threads of fate, and awesome action scenes and faith into one great film. James McEvoy is brilliant as an underachiever and Angelina Jolie, is alright as that skinnyass hardnut! A defininate dvd buy for me! An enthusiastic two thumbs up!

ccsupergirl

WANTED IS AWSOME!!!!!!!!! I couldn't wait to see it as soon as i seen the trailer!! And i dont even like action films!!! Loved the effects, fit actor/actress, and the storyline (not including the loom/fate part). Wanna go see it again!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW!

ccsupergirl

WANTED IS AWSOME!!!!!!!!! I couldn't wait to see it as soon as i seen the trailer!! And i dont even like action films!!! Loved the effects, fit actor/actress, and the storyline (not including the loom/fate part). Wanna go see it again!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW!

robin banks

i disagree with everyone who says this film is rubbish... it is absolutely awsome, the best i've seen this year by miles and one of the best i've seen ever!!! go and see it.

robin banks

i disagree with everyone who says this film is rubbish... it is absolutely awsome, the best i've seen this year by miles and one of the best i've seen ever!!! go and see it.

Pass remarkable

Switch brain into nuetral and go see. Great entertainment! Lots of positive vibes from others as we walked out of the cinema. As good as it's trailer -which is rare these days............

Pass remarkable

Switch brain into nuetral and go see. Great entertainment! Lots of positive vibes from others as we walked out of the cinema. As good as it's trailer -which is rare these days............

Lainey

This film is HORRENDOUS!! Got dragged along bymy sisters boyfriend and will never ever trust his judgement again. I thought a film with Morgan Freeman and James Macavoy in it had to be good - I was wrong. Terrible plot, exploding rats, loom of fate, need I say more? Don't bother - I nearly walked out.

Valerie Livina

Folks, last November I warned that while Jupiter in detriment in Capricorn till the end of 2008, none of the new films would be really deep and enjoyable. http://vlivina.blogspot.com/2007/12/enchanted.html I am trying hard to find something good, but there is nothing. Only special effects, boredom to extreme, all repetitive and second-hand (and even McAvoy and Jolie cannot change that). Where are the movies like 300 or Enchanted? Wait until Jupiter will come to better dignities... I tell you: January of 2009... V.

Carleen

Magical loom and bending bullets with his mind? What movie were you at? As far as I could see it was no more magical than a flick of the wrist for bending the bullets. Far fetched ideas? Seriously, isn't this what the movies are about? If we wanted lack of imagination we would be watching more American Idol, now that's far fetched that anymore from here could or should be a rockstar. Time to get a new job I think.

Casey

well what can i say...this film was excellent.I was constantly focused.i loved the action in it and just every thing bout the film.i think the casting was really good and they couldnt have pick any one better to play any of the parts.definately a film to see.

Casey

well what can i say...this film was excellent.I was constantly focused.i loved the action in it and just every thing bout the film.i think the casting was really good and they couldnt have pick any one better to play any of the parts.definately a film to see.

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