Wanted – Movie Review
Wanted, directed by Timur Bekmambetov and starring James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie, is one of the sickest movies I have seen and it’s not because the movie is violent. It’s the way the violence is handled and I agree wholeheartedly with Amy Biancolli’s review in the Houston Chronicle when she says:
But no one comes to a movie like Wanted looking for emotional resonance. They’re looking for bling, which in this genre means plenty of stylized butchery. It’s a chance to watch a bullet explode from the forehead of a killer — and an invitation to laugh at the spectacle. See what you do, then tell me who’s sicker: Bekmambetov or us.
The movie, based on Mark Millar’s 2003 comic-book series, is about a secret society of assassins and the story makes it necessarily violent, but the movie overdoes it. The movie is a celebration of violence, a spectacle of violence, a vulgar display of violence. No, not vulgar because the movie is certainly cool and classy when it comes to special effects and the treatment. Brilliance there is in the screenplay…but it’s difficult for me to imagine any sane person actually painstakingly crafting this movie, violent and bloody scene after scene after scene…but then that’s because horror films horrify me. No, this isn’t the horror genre, it’s supposed to be Action/Adventure, but I guess no movie really fits neatly into any slot these days.
This New York Times review mentions that there was a little sex scene, but not surprisingly, our prudish Indian censor board has cut it but has got on with the violence. Ofcourse, if they cut the violence there would be nothing left, not even Angelina Jolie.
But if anyone is looking for thrills of the woman kind, forget it. Jolie is a lean mean killing machine and that’s it. James McAvoy comes across as cute and does a great job as a ninny turned ninja. If it wasn’t for him, I couldn’t have sat through the move. Although I like Jolie, I didn’t like her in this movie.
As for the story it’s ridiculous. Would not qualify even for a fantasy. Its incoherence is only matched by the incoherent pace of the movie.
What surprised me were the rave reviews this movie got abroad (it was released there in June). I guess the reviewers are right in a way. Technically this film seems flawless and fit for horror film buffs. The film a complete no-no for kids. And abroad it’s been rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). Considering the level of violence I think any squeamish person needs some company, even if adult.
I was disappointed as I wasn’t quite prepared for this kind of gory horror.
(The movie poster is from rottentomatoes)
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