Friday, January 2, 2009
'Wanted,' is like the sun flashing through the cracks of the roof and snow being shoveled through the curtain. James McAvoy stars as Wesley, a depressed young man who obviously has problems. When he is picked up by a woman named Fox (Angelina Jolie) Wesley learns that he is the son of an assassin who has been killed by a deadly hitman named Cross. Wesley realizes that he must join the group known as the Fraternity, run by Sloan (Morgan Freeman) and he goes into a brutal training process the prepare for his mission: to kill the man who killed his father. Now this sounds rather cliched, but there is a twist near the end of the movie that adds a certain intelligence and depth to story that made this film actually better than the typical action flick. Many of the characters here are interesting, but none of them are very likable. The movie uses exaggerated, swift, smooth, and sleek special effects and lots of quick shots and fast-paced sequences. I wasn't sure if I would get milk chocolate or dark chocolate with this movie. I guess it was in-between, but closer to the dark than the milk. The best part of the movie is the end, when Wesley seeks his revenge, though I won't say why or how. Now here's a guy who doesn't have a lot going for him. Maybe he shouldn't turn into an all-out angry-devil at the end. Maybe he's setting a bad example. But if you were in his situation, with the life he has, what would you do?