Who wouldn’t want to belong to a secret fraternity of assassins where Angelina Jolie is your personal mentor? That sentence alone explains why this movie will be a huge success. It’s every man’s wet dream.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, this film is his Hollywood debut. Born in Kazahkstan, he directed the wildly popular films ‘Night Watch’ and ‘Day Watch’ in Russia. Wildly popular, only in Russia that is. As ‘Wanted’ started I was reminded of Bekmambetov’s distinct style from the Watch movies. It was then that I got a sinking feeling in my stomach, worried that this was going to be as fragmented, unbelievable and incomprehensible as his previous two successes. But as the film went on, I realized that with the a whole lot of Hollywood money and some A-list actors, a director’s talent can really shine.
The film takes no time getting started with an opening scene that will glue you to the edge of your seat. The body count starts from the first minute of the film and grows quickly and steadily, so be prepared for some graphic violence.. The special effects are wickedly impressive. Even though the trailer made ‘Wanted’ look like a rip-off of ‘The Matrix,’ it’s not, and you’ll be impressed and left wondering, ‘how’d they do that?’
James McAvoy plays Wesley Gibson and is a little out of his element it seems after ‘Atonement’ and ‘The Last King of Scotland,’ (we’ll overlook that whole ‘Penelope’ thing) but it’s obvious he’s knows what he’s doing and delivers a bitchin’ performance. Angelina brought her A game and sizzles as the sexy Fox, Wesley’s assassin mentor. The sexual chemistry is palpable and climaxes in one of the most most erotically charged kissing scenes to which I’ve ever had the opportunity to be a part of.
The action is non-stop and you’ll never get bored. This movie is eye candy for action junkies everywhere. My every expectation was met.