I was lured to watch “Wanted” by the great cast starring James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, and Morgan Freeman. It was directed by Russian director Timur Bekmambetov who is not well know in the states but the writers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas have a few films under their belt, one of the most recent ones which I happen to love, and not because I use to live there,“3:10 to Yuma.”
The beginning of the film reminded me of the movie “the office,” excluding the funny, in that James McAvoy’s character, Wesley Gibson, is a cubicle guy who hates his job, hates his boss, and he finds out his girlfriend is cheating on him with his best friend. He of course lets his days run one into the next seamlessly because he pities himself and doesn’t have the confidence to do anything about it. As he goes into his habitual pharmacy for his anxiety pill refill he is forced to meet the woman who will change his life -Fox (Angelina Jolie). She starts by telling him his father was one of the greatest assassins and the second greates assassin is right behind him so let the shootout begin. Which by the way you can see this part in the preview, (if you haven’t already) in fact the preview gives away all the action scenes which I believe is the essence of the film. So, he finds out with the help of Sloan (Morgan Freeman) the “boss” that genetically he too is an assassin but not yet a great one cause they haven’t trained him, of course, and they need him to seek revenge on his father’s killer. The training begins and so does the typical montage so the audience can experience his transformation. Finally, the last test arrives, curving the bullet, he has been struggling with this but if you watch the preview you know what happens. He is ready! And he is given his targets, 2 to be exact which he pulls off neatly. Now he is ready for the assassination of his life. There’s suppose to be a twist at the end but I think most people figured it out.
“Wanted” gave me nothing at the end. I felt disconnected with the characters because there wasn’t enough character build up. The movie not only felt hastily put together but also like the ugly step sister to “Shoot ‘Em Up” in that the action was overly exaggerated but without the quality. I recommend watching the preview since it gives away every action scene or if you’re looking for something that will last longer try “Shoot ‘Em Up.”