Wanted (2008) Part 1 of 2
Part Matrix and part Jumper; Wanted is an entertaining movie with very cool action scenes. Just let go of the notion of the laws of physics and logic and you’ll enjoy yourself.
Wanted is about a hapless guy named Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) who lives a rather shitty life. His girlfriend is cheating on him with his best friend, and his boss is giving him a lot grief. After an encounter with Angelina Jolie, he discovers he has certain abilities that to he didn’t know he had. Now, a group of assassins, The Fraternity, want him to join their organization.
Like the Matrix before it, Wanted is a stylized comic movie that works more than it fails, but the flaws are very apparent. This movie, based loosely on a comic book series by Mark Miller, is full of huge action set pieces that are truly amazing to watch on the big screen. Cars and trains go flying into the air that even the Wachowski brother would be jealous. It is also an intensely violent film that children should not be allowed to watch.
Luckily for the moviegoers, director Timur Bekmambetov keeps the camera steady enough let the audience take in the complex and engaging action scenes. The CGI and practical special effects work seamlessly together.
This is a comic book movie, so keep that in mind.
The movie score by Danny Elfman is a bit restrained, but serves its purpose. I will give Elfman credit for not laying on the guitar and drumbeats as much as probably some people would have liked.
End of part 1