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3.0 out of 5 stars Action, Action, and More Action, November 26, 2008
This review is from: Wanted (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD)
"Wanted" is a mile-a-second action picture that never lets up. Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) suddenly finds that his life as an ordinary office worker is over. A beautiful woman, Fox (Angelina Jolie), crashes into his life and introduces him to the Fraternity, a secret society of assassins led by the mysterious Sloan (Morgan Freeman). Wesley is informed that his long-lost father was murdered while working for the Fraternity and Wes has been chosen to target the rogue member who did it. Before he can complete his assignment, he must first uncover the dark secrets behind the Fraternity to understand why he was selected and how he figures in its plans.

The main attraction of "Wanted" is the amazing use of CGI special effects, from glass panes shattering as bodies fly through them to bullets redirecting their trajectory in mid-propulsion. Jolie manages to look as comfortable in action flicks as in serious dramas like the recent "Changeling." She is quite the action babe and easy on the eye. McAvoy, who showed his acting chops in "The Last King of Scotland" and "Atonement" seems an odd fit for "Wanted." He looks as if he's doing this one to pay for the new swimming pool. He's fine in the early scenes as a drone-like worker lost in a huge company, but his transformation into this almost-indestructible super assassin is harder to accept.

Bonus extras on this two-disc DVD include an extended scene; behind-the-scenes featurettes on the film's stunts, visual effects, and origins in the graphic novel; and a making-of documentary.
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Initial post: Mar 8, 2009 5:06:32 PM PDT
R. Gawlitta says:
I think you're wrong about Mr. McAvoy. His career is relatively young. As the faun in "Narnia" he showed a bit of whimsy, and he channelled that into this character. His subsequent roles were starting to type-cast him. I'm glad he chose this role, and think he was perfectly cast.
He can handle humor, and the action stuff was fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2012 8:11:13 AM PDT
Right on, good post that I happen to agree with. McAvoy and
E. McGregor are 2 lads that are particularly effective actors and
to my way of thinking very much alike.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 7:51:59 PM PDT
Stephen Beck says:
I'm surprised at your 3-star ranking when you wrote a generally positive and even enthusiastic review.
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