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Wanted

April 24, 2011

The Repairman: I’m the Repairman.
Wesley: What do you repair?
The Repairman: A lifetime of bad habits.

Based on the very dark and significantly different graphic novel comes the big screen adaption, starring James McAvoy as the hero Wesley Gibson, in a very believable performance.

Wesley: You can’t shoot a dead person!

After he escapes from a shootout in the supermarket with Fox, who is played by the beautiful Angelina Jolie, Wesley learns that his father was a professional assassin and his fathers superpowers are in fact not stress, but are gifts that Wesley and the fraternity shares. Being sick of his best friend banging his girlfriend, and his bitchy boss always yelling at him, Wesley decides to train at the fraternity so he can become a good enough assassin to murder his fathers killer. And the brutality begins…

Fox: Kill one, save a thousand.

Russian Director Timur Bekmambetov, the director of sleepers Night Watch and Day Watch, directed Wanted. This time, Bekmambetov had been handed a bigger budget and an a-list cast, to make a movie with as many explosions and CGI effects as he wanted (and trust me, he used a lot). I think the main reason I liked Bekmambetov’s take on the graphic novel, is that it perfectly captured certain aspects of it, mainly focused on Wesley’s personality and life.

As far as direction goes, I could not be more pleased by Bekmambetov’s Fight Club influenced art direction focusing on Wesley’s narration through his mind and his psychological pain in the fraternity. The action is as expected, bullets are curved, a train fight occurs, and people are killed, all in a really gloriously presented way.

Sloan: Insanity’s wasting your life as a nothing when you have the blood of a killer flowing in your veins. Insanity’s being shit on, beat down, coasting through life in a miserable existence when you have a caged lion locked inside and a key to release it.

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