Movie Review – Wanted – Better Than Expected!

Wanted

25-year-old Wes was the most disaffected, cube-dwelling drone the planet had ever known. His boss chewed him out hourly, his girlfriend ignored him routinely and his life plodded on interminably. Everyone was certain this disengaged slacker would amount to nothing. There was little else for Wes to do but wile away the days and die in his slow, clock-punching rut. Until he met a woman named Fox.

I actually first knew about this movie when it showed up on a blog I subscribe to, Photoshop Disasters for a freakishly long forearm. Before that I hadn’t really heard of it..but when I saw the trailers and all I thought it looked a bit cheesy, it had a decent cast (Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman) though so it should at least be worth a watch.

I somehow got the impression it was going to be quite poor, it was better than expected, but certainly not great. It reminded me a lot of Fight Club the downtrodden ‘normal’ guy ‘Wesley Gibson’ played by James McAvoy certainly made me think of Edward Norton in Fight Club.

He played the part well though, turning from a normal guy into a badass within a relatively short timespan. In some ways it’s a lot like Matrix too, some may call it the poor mans Matrix with McAvoy being Neo, Jolie very much being Trinity and Morgan Freeman as Morpheus.

James McAvoy in Wanted

Jolie was the hot assassin badass bitch that kicked ass all over the place whilst looking flawless, you do of course have to suspend all belief to enjoy this movie..Her role reminded me a bit of how she played in Mr and Mrs Smith.

And of course the striking resemblance to the hot female mentor in Matrix..Trinity.

Angelina Jolie in Wanted

All in all the action was good, it was a pretty entertaining film. It scores a high 7.1 on IMDB but honestly I didn’t think it was that good. It’s not exactly original or difficult to work out the ‘twist’…it’s just a fun popcorn movie.

The special effects are nice, there are some cool moments, the characters play their parts suitably well and there is a couple of cool lines. It has some dark humour and some good action moments, it could have been better, but I did expect it to be much much worse.

I’d give it a bullet curving 6/10.

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15 Responses to Movie Review – Wanted – Better Than Expected!

  1. Yoon Kit October 23, 2008 at 7:11 pm #

    They should have cut out the rather silly “Im so-o-o-o-r-r-y-y-y” cries. It got rather irritating. But yeah, its a brainless DVD5 action movie, which was funny and entertaining.

    yk

  2. kevin October 23, 2008 at 9:39 pm #

    i dont know ST. i didnt particularly enjoyed this movie, more over i actually went to the cinema to watch it.

    it was pretty nice right up to the point where jolie drift the car, hit the curb, flipped it into a bus and jumped off it.

    then the part where our dear dero started running across the hall towards the end blazing thru countless baddies.

    the worst was the part jolie did a 360.

  3. s2k_247 October 23, 2008 at 10:16 pm #

    In all fairness.. This movie to me, seemed like a wannabe Max Payne video game. Jolie looked hot in this. As for Morgan Freeman, I still can’t believe he said “fuck” in a movie… I mean, Morgan Freeman is like a grandfather, and grandfather’s don’t say “fuck”…

  4. KY October 24, 2008 at 12:17 am #

    haven’t watch this, but i should catch up with some DVDs that aren’t ghost movies soon

  5. Kenneth October 24, 2008 at 9:55 am #

    Well, you can never expect too much from a movie that’s based on a comic book. I watched it with an open mind and found it entertaining. Loved the few moments of humour though

  6. Dabido October 24, 2008 at 7:26 pm #

    ‘turning from a normal guy into a badass within a relatively short timespan.’

    Thanks to the MONTAGE! *Cues Montage song from Team America* πŸ™‚

    I enjoyed the movie. Is brainless, requires huge suspension of belief in a lot of parts.
    It is another movie that came out based on a Comic Book, so a lot of that suspension of belief I think comes from that.
    Is fast and has some good lines. My favourite being:

    ‘You know when you have a dream and you’re half-awake, but still in the fringe of your brain, and when you open your eyes you’re so damn glad it was a dream? This was nothing like that!’

    I agree the ‘Sooory’ thing was rather sorry and shouldn’t have been included (or at least written into the script a little better).
    Didn’t like the ending much (due to the final Jolie bullet shot … people who haven’t seen it will know what I mean when it happens).

  7. hyi October 26, 2008 at 7:40 pm #

    saw u at h-factor taking photos, looking very hard at work! πŸ˜‰

  8. Juanito October 26, 2008 at 11:21 pm #

    The corner shot gun which jolie used (while in the shopping mart) is ranked No4 in the world…(no joke).. and i thot it was a makeshift or something…

    Yo, Donnie Yen’s new action flick – Ip Man to be released in Xmas 08… Directed by Yip Wai Shun…

  9. tingtitlei October 28, 2008 at 12:15 am #

    all you people calling this movie illogical should really do your research and read the comic. maybe that will shut your mouth and remind you not to be too quick to judge in the future. in the comic, the protagonist is a loser turned murdering sociopath hunting for superheroes. go read it

  10. ront October 28, 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    i watched this last week and thought it was entertaining and would watch it again……but the next time i’d watch it on a blu ray…

  11. Huai Bin October 29, 2008 at 1:17 am #

    The best part is the ending where the huge .50 caliber rifle travels down some amazing pathways (love the donut scene) to the X. =D

  12. arth akal October 29, 2008 at 8:36 am #

    I can never say no to Angelina Jolie…

    Brad Pitt, yes!

    But not Angelina.

    sigh

  13. Angie Tan October 29, 2008 at 6:50 pm #

    I found it quite entertaining too despite bad reviews from some mates.

    In all, I like the last part of the movie which was so funny. I ended up LOLing.. πŸ˜‰

    Just for Angelina Jolie (we both share similar names) and Morgan Freeman alone, it was a pretty worthwhile watch. Wished I caught it at the cinema though. πŸ™

  14. Dabido October 29, 2008 at 7:07 pm #

    Angie – Angelina Jolie is also a Tan ???

    Tingtitlei –
    ‘all you people calling this movie illogical’

    I just did a search on this page and only once did the term ‘illogical’ come up. You used it. No one else.

    I believe terms like ‘suspension of belief’ was used by myself, and it is a legitimate term to use. If you drive two cars towards one another (a Mustang and a Corvette) and then have the Corvette break, guess what happens in reality!!! They collide and there are bits of broken cars and people all over the place. The Mustang doesn’t do a perfect FLIP over a limo travelling next to it and land on the other side (without breaking an axle mind you) and then continue going as though nothing had happened.
    Bending bullets – also requires suspension of belief.

    Reading the comic won’t remove the suspension of belief required to watch the movie. And as everyone is actually saying they enjoyed the movie, I can’t see how it is going to shut anyone up. After all, a murdering sociopath hunting down superheroes still requires a large amount of suspension of belief.

  15. ShaolinTiger November 6, 2008 at 3:24 pm #

    Yoon Kit: Yah agree on all counts.

    kevin: Requires a suspension of belief la, think of it as fantasy πŸ™‚

    s2k_247: Yah that was quite shocking.

    KY: Yah is worth a watch for sure.

    Kenneth: Well that’s a rather sweeping statement, look at Batman? X-men? Spiderman?

    Dabido: Yah, all in all I’d say it was ‘ok’.

    hyi: Heh thanks, hope you enjoyed the workshop.

    Juanito: Yah looking forwards to Ip Man movie as I’m a student of Wing Chun.

    tingtitlei: What the hell are you talking about?

    ront: Definitely good on a big screen!

    Huai Bin: That’s pretty neat indeed.

    arth akal: Ah..now I know your weakness.

    Angie Tan: Yah it’s a decent movie, some people can’t stand the surrealism..but then if all movies were exactly like real life it’d be boring as hell wouldn’t it?