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Old 06-27-2008, 03:39 AM Offline   #1 (permalink)



 
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Bottom Line: A bloody, audacious adrenaline rush.


By Michael Rechtshaffen
Jun 19, 2008


It's good to be "Wanted."

The debut American feature by successful Russian director Timur Bekmambetov ("Night Watch" and its record-smashing 2006 sequel, "Day Watch"), this over-the-top, ultraviolent, hyperkinetic action thriller pretty much has it all.

That would include engagingly offbeat source material in the form of Mark Millar and J.G. Jones' comic book series, a decent adaptation by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (last year's "3:10 to Yuma" remake) and Chris Morgan ("Cellular"), a terrific cast and jaw-dropping stunt work.
Then there's the visually charged talents of Bekmambetov -- a man who has funneled the best of the Wachowski brothers, Quentin Tarantino and contemporary Hong Kong action movies through his own wry sensibility.

Capably establishing the anything-goes tone of the Los Angeles Film Festival in its capacity as official curtain-raiser, the Universal guilty pleasure should make plenty of noise, especially with young males, when it opens next weekend.

James McAvoy, sporting a swell American accent, is certain to build on his big-screen appeal as Wesley Gibson, a put-upon account executive who discovers that his long-absent father belonged to a centuries-old league of supersensory assassins known as the Fraternity.

It also turns out that Gibson is a chip off the old block in the killing department, but before he can avenge his father's death, he must get into fighting shape with a little help from the Fraternity's Zen master of a leader, Sloane (Morgan Freeman), and tough-cookie Fox (Angelina Jolie, in sinewy "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" mode).

The three of them prove to be colorful assets in a film where even the bullets seem to have a personality all their own.

Set in Chicago but shot in a cleverly disguised Prague (save for a noticeably Eastern European-accented rendition of "Happy Birthday" by Gibson's fellow office workers), "Wanted" effectively hits the ground running with a steady flow of wildly inventive, CG-infused action sequences.

Also cranking things up a couple of extra notches are resident Michael Bay cinematographer Mitchell Amundsen, Oliver Stone's longtime editor David Brenner and prolific composer Danny Elfman, who skillfully dispenses with anything that could be mistaken for subtlety.

Production: Universal, Spyglass Entertainment, Relativity Media, a Marc Platt/Kickstart production. Cast: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann, Common. Director: Timur Bekmambetov. Screenwriters: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Chris Morgan. Story by: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas. Based on the comic books by: Mark Millar, J.G. Jones. Producers: Marc Platt, Jim Lemley, Jason Netter, Iain Smith. Executive producers: Adam Siegel, Marc Silvestri, Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber. Director of photography: Mitchell Amundsen. Production designer: John Myhre. Music: Danny Elfman. Costume designer: Varya Avdyushko. Editor: David Brenner.

Rated R, 110 minutes
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i liked it but some parts they went to far with the whole special effects
 
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I loved this movie full of action and adrenalin and angelina is so beautiful.
 
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I am huge fan of Angelina Jolie and never miss any movies of Angelina Jolie. Wanted movie is the one of the best Angelina Movie..
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just saw the movie. nothing like the comics
 
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I really like this movie very much.
 
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Yeah I seen this movie. It was alright, it had some really cool elements too it but still felt like kind of a bland movie altogether..
 
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