Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Two-Disc Special Edition
Actors: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Genre: Action/Adventure Rating: R Release Date: 2-DEC-2008 Media Type: DVD
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Kristina G. (familiagarduno) from COLUMBUS, OH
Reviewed on 3/22/2009...
A great movie for what it is, but not spectacular. Glad we didn't pay to see it in the theaters, but happy to have seen it. Especially some of the better parts :)
2 of 6 member(s) found this review helpful.
Vanessa V. (sevenspiders)
Reviewed on 12/15/2008...
At the risk of sounding like a nerd, I have to say that Wanted's biggest failure is its deviation from the original comic. The movie's cleverest and most exciting parts are those drawn from the comic; where corporate drone Wesley is plucked from his life of apathetic misery and whipped, or rather pounded, into shape as an elite assassin. As an assassin Wesley joins the ranks of the secret Fraternity, and the movie takes a drastic and ill-advised turn.
The comic-book Fraternity is an organization of supervillains who murder, rape and pillage the world with total impunity. The movie Fraternity is a sort of DaVinci-Code guild that takes their orders from a magical loom? I can understand the screenwriters desire to make the characters somewhat redeemable, instead of leaving them as an organized band of droogs a-la A Clockwork Orange. But seriously, a magical loom?
There's some moderately impressive CGI, but nothing stunning enough to distract from the film's stupidity. Angelina Jolie tries to mellow her bad-assness with a hint of traumatic childhood, but comes across as implausible as the rest of the plot. Morgan Freeman sounds good but has absolutely no conviction. James McAvoy actually does a remarkable job as Wesley, accurately capturing the insecurity and rage. But nothing in the acting elevates the film above its inanity.
The source material is nihilistic, dark and morally ambiguous. But at least its original. Wanted the movie tries to clean up that moral ambiguity into a more mainstream superhero movie. How ironic, in the process of making the story more palatable, they made it nauseatingly bland.
4 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
A very entertaining action flick. The best eye candy for 200
R R | Madison, WI, USA | 11/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't watch enough action flicks to compare this to as far as 'depth' is concerned (and I find people looking for 'depth' in action movies about as silly/clueless as these movies are accused of being). But as I understand it, Wanted is based on a comic book (so judge the movie accordingly, please, instead of out of context). Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, and James McAvoy and the rest truly impressed in their respective roles. And Ms. Jolie (or Mrs. Pitt) burnt a hole on the screen with her physicality (clearly she's no damsel-in-distress) and her deep brooding enigmatic charm. Her best action role to date: as Fox she could kick Ms. Lara Croft's sorry 4$$ without breaking a sweat. I saw it twice on the big screen and intend to get the DVD (saying quite a lot since I'm not really an action movie fan)."
Action, Action, and More Action
The Movie Man | Maywood, New Jersey USA | 11/27/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Wanted" is a mile-a-second action picture that never lets up. Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) suddenly finds that his life as an ordinary office worker is over. A beautiful woman, Fox (Angelina Jolie), crashes into his life and introduces him to the Fraternity, a secret society of assassins led by the mysterious Sloan (Morgan Freeman). Wesley is informed that his long-lost father was murdered while working for the Fraternity and Wes has been chosen to target the rogue member who did it. Before he can complete his assignment, he must first uncover the dark secrets behind the Fraternity to understand why he was selected and how he figures in its plans.
The main attraction of "Wanted" is the amazing use of CGI special effects, from glass panes shattering as bodies fly through them to bullets redirecting their trajectory in mid-propulsion. Jolie manages to look as comfortable in action flicks as in serious dramas like the recent "Changeling." She is quite the action babe and easy on the eye. McAvoy, who showed his acting chops in "The Last King of Scotland" and "Atonement" seems an odd fit for "Wanted." He looks as if he's doing this one to pay for the new swimming pool. He's fine in the early scenes as a drone-like worker lost in a huge company, but his transformation into this almost-indestructible super assassin is harder to accept. Bonus extras on this two-disc DVD include an extended scene; behind-the-scenes featurettes on the film's stunts, visual effects, and origins in the graphic novel; and a making-of documentary."
J. K. Hinton | TX USA | 12/15/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm surprised at the number of poor reviews for this film. I have to admit that I picked it up with limited expectations, but once into it, I found it to be a bloody, irresistible ride---for what it is, that is.
This film was spectacular in Blu-ray, appearing almost 3-D, at times. The CGI and audio were equally adrenaline pumping and, although I'm not usually into blood-fest, action films, this one became addictive.
Yeah, the plot was limited, but I found a great deal of enjoyment watching James McAvoy morph from a passive, introverted, office cube-jockey, into a man. One who learned to stop saying, 'I'm sorry,' for just about everything. I did find myself mentally repeating, 'wax on, wax off,' during some of his lethality training, with difficulty taking his transformation seriously :-).
Morgan Freeman has been a great addition to so many films, but he often tends to come across with the same acting formula. His abilities were stretched, with this atypical character. Amazingly, he can actually be a convincing 'bad guy.' Who knew!
Angelina Jolie's role was a piece-of-cake for her. She rarely had any dialogue. She was basically eye-candy, for the guys. But, her sultry, sexy, witchy-eyed attributes were perfect for this killing-machine, character. Hmm, I'm scared of her! And, she does angst SO well with those pouty lips, doesn't she.
So, if you view this movie with casual expectations and are willing to allow yourself the enjoyment of pure escapism and bloody mayhem, I think you will enjoy this movie. Just don't have too many espressos before watching. You could develop a cardiac arrhythmia :-)."