Movie Review: Wanted

A lot of people (read: women) will not agree with me but Wanted is the best movie this summer of 2008. (Of course, I've only watched a few movies this summer and the two films that come the closest for getting the top spot are Kung Fu Panda and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull).

I like Wanted for a couple of reasons: (1) the action, although violent, is very envisioned and very well helmed by Russian-Kazakh director Timur Bekmambetov (of Night Watch fame) and (2) Angelina Jolie. I seriously believe that the movie won't be as good if another Hollywood actress is playing the part of "Fox," a skilled assassin.

Speaking of assassins, the movie centers on the ascent of Wesley Gibson (played by James McAvoy) from a complete 9-to-5 nobody to an merciless killer who can "bend bullets" and eliminate targets with ease. Of course, that transformation is not possible without the help of "The Fraternity," a clandestine organization led by Sloan (played by Morgan Freeman). Wesley is trained and tortured by Fraternity assasins with cool call names: Fox, Gunsmith, The Repairman, and The Butcher, among many others. We see Wesley subject himself to the hazing because of his desire to avenge the death his father, who was also a member of The Fraternity.

As far as action movies go, Wanted is very visual and highly unbelievable (you will see a lot of bullets deflecting other bullets). But that is what makes the movie an enjoyable fun. This thrilling high-wire act should be on the top of any action film buff's list this summer.

Rating: 4.5/5

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