Movie Review: Wanted

June 9, 2009

So I picked up Wanted (a.k.a. Angelina Jolie teaches James McAvoy to curve bullets), partially to wash the taste of Transporter 3 out of my short-term memory and, I have to say, it was only slightly better, and Trans 3 is the movie in which the most extravagant, gourmet food the scriptwriter could come up with was, and I quote, “fish with carrots.” The first 20 minutes or so of Wanted was, in fact, so atrocious that I told Hannah we should just cut it off and find something on TV. While it did lift itself some distance out of the gutter once McAvoy stopped fucking around and became the bullet-bending assassin that we all knew he would, even then I found myself thinking, “Man, the comics can’t possibly be this terrible, can they?” All in all, aside from some fairly snazzy special effects, I can’t really see why anyone would want to sit through this, especially more than once.

3 Responses to “Movie Review: Wanted”

  1. Guy Shalev Says:

    I’ve once seen someone describe why Wanted the movie is so bad; it has Angelina Jolie, it has Matrix scenes, it has fast cars… it has all the right ingredients, and it still sucks.

    The comic was pretty great, I thought when I’ve read it when it came out. They’ve changed a lot for the movie.

  2. buzz Says:

    “Wanted” is frustrated male teenager/twentysomething wish-fulfillment fantasy. That it glorifies the idea of preemptively assassinating (with style!) people who may someday do bad things is only one of the many things wrong with it.

    Factoid: The total budget for “Wanted” ($75M) is enough to send 556 people to Harvard for a 4-year undergrad degree.

  3. Brand Robins Says:

    What buzz said, combined with the ongoing cultural trope that works a sadio-masochistic angle where a white upper class whimp is absolved of his privilege and unearned position in life, as well as his inability to use “manly” violence to solve problems, by being beaten bloody a time or ten.

    In other words, what Fight Club was making fun of, but done dead seriously.


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