Wanted (Single-Disc Widescreen Edition) (2008)

A movie directed by Timur Bekmambetov

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Action-Packed and Entertaining

  • Dec 11, 2008
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Premise of the movie: Wesley Gibson is a young professional who has grown up without a father, and never learned to stand up for himself. His girlfriend is cheating on him with his best friend, his boss constantly berates him, and Wesley goes through life bored and complacent. While picking up his anxiety medication, Wesley is approached by Fox (Angelia Jolie), who tells him that his father has been killed, and that his assassin is now after Wesley. This is where the action begins - Wesley is introduced to the 'Fraternity' and told that his mission is to avenge his father's death. He goes through extreme and often brutal training that taps into the skills he never knew he had, only to find that all is not as it seems. (Cannot say more without ruining the movie)

I'm not one to rent action movies, but I thoroughly enjoyed 'Wanted'. Besides the amazing cast - Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman to name a few - the special effects were stunning, the story compelling and the movie definitely very entertaining. I watched this with a few friends, and we had plenty of "Woah! Did you see that?" moments. The only negative to 'Wanted' was that it was almost too fast-paced. At times, the movie felt rushed, and the story line could have been stretched-out more without losing the fast, action appeal.

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review by . April 07, 2009
Angelina Jolie in Wanted
Wanted is a Matrix rip-off without a decent plot or any redeeming qualities other than high octane action, great special effects, and Angelina Jolie.  If that's what you are looking for, this is for you.  The plot – a wimpy nerd finds out his father was an assassin with special powers is whisked away by the fraternity of assassins his father belonged to, and trained to be an assassin himself.  And eventually go after the guy that killed his dad. Basically this is just a thin plot …
review by . August 13, 2008
I loved the first Matrix, and I went into Wanted with the idea that it would be like the Matrix, but maybe even better because it had Angelina Jolie.   I should have expected much, much less -- I haven't been this disappointed in a movie for months.  Wanted seems like a series of admittedly cool action sequences, with an excuse for a plot thrown in to connect them together.   Just a brief warning -- there are some spoilers below, but nothing significant.  To enjoy …
review by . March 26, 2009
Come on now really? Don't get me wrong, this film was very good for what it was but a lot of it served absolutely no purpose than to give the action junkie in all of us a quick thrill. Given the cast at the helm, you would be forgiven for believing that this film could be a bit more than a shallow attempt at a dramatic but action packed film. Seriously, the fact that Morgan Freeman was involved should have given this film a 5 star rating from the get-go but even he couldn't save this shallow travesty. …
review by . April 14, 2009
The online and TV trailers for this movie promised a gun-toting, kick-ass action flick with some skin of Angelina Jolie. And the movie delivers. The premise of the movie is simple; there is an organization of assassins called "The Fraternity". Induction is by personal selection and the ensuing grueling training process. Somewhere along the way, the leader of this Fraternity, played by Morgan Freeman, gives into greed and uses the talents of his organization to kill for hire. One of his subordinates, …
review by . March 26, 2009
Come on now really? Don't get me wrong, this film was very good for what it was but a lot of it served absolutely no purpose than to give the action junkie in all of us a quick thrill. Given the cast at the helm, you would be forgiven for believing that this film could be a bit more than a shallow attempt at a dramatic but action packed film. Seriously, the fact that Morgan Freeman was involved should have given this film a 5 star rating from the get-go but even he couldn't save this shallow travesty. …
review by . February 10, 2009
Wanted is a fun an entertaining movie. It is full of action, excellent fight scenes and overall great pace. The movie is about an average guy, or so he thinks, who is recruited into a legendary secret fraternity of assassins. The performances by all the actors were superb and the story played itself well. I just wish that the story would have delved a bit more into the background of the fraternity. I also wished that Wesley's training (James McAvoy) would have taken a bit longer (and thus more believable …
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As the impresario behind gravity-defying Russian blockbusterNight Watch, it's inevitable that Hollywood would come calling for Timur Bekmambetov. With a studio budget and an international cast, including two Oscar winners, Timur cooks up a Hong Kong-styled actioner bursting with fast cars and big guns. Our unlikely hero is mild-mannered Chicago accountant Wesley Gibson (Atonement'sJames McAvoy), whose father died when he was a tot. Wesley never learned to stand up for himself, and his girlfriend, boss, and best buddy all take advantage until the seductive Fox (Angelina Jolie) rescues him from a sharpshooter named Cross (The Pianist’sThomas Kretschmann). After which, she whisks him away to a mansion on the edge of town to meet the other members of the Fraternity, where leader Sloan (Morgan Freeman) informs Wesley that Cross, a rogue agent, executed his father. Sloan believes Wesley has the goods to take him out, so he undergoes the Fraternity's brutal training regimen (Marc Warren and Common dish up some of the abuse). When he's ready, Sloan sends him out to fulfill his duty, but matters become complicated when Wesley finds out someone isn't telling the truth, leading our former milquetoast to exact an elaborate revenge. For those who've been following McAvoy's career to date, Wanted will surely come as a surprise. In adapting Mark Millar's comic series, Timur offers buckets of blood and a smidgen of depth, but fans ofThe MatrixandMr. and ...
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Director: Timur Bekmambetov
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
Runtime: 110 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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