Critic Consensus: Wanted is stylish, energetic popcorn fare with witty performances from Angelina Jolie (playing an expert assassin), James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman that help to distract from its absurdly over-the-top plot.
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|Rating:||R (for strong bloody violence throughout, pervasive language and some sexuality)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Timur Bekmambetov|
|Written By:||Mark Millar, J.G. Jones, Chris Morgan, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt|
|In Theaters:||Jun 12, 2008 Wide|
|On DVD:||Dec 2, 2008|
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Critic Reviews for Wanted
Wanted is too bloody, too over the top, too silly, and too special effects driven. It's also excessively entertaining and fun.
All it needs is the car chase, the train crash and the final shootout and I'd be happy.
For non-discerning action fans looking to satisfy your adrenaline rush, you can add this film to your most wanted list.
In normal cinematic terms, it could easily be dismissed as gun porn, boyish nonsense or action overkill. Fact is, in the realms of badass cinema, Wanted is damn near untouchable.
Audience Reviews for Wanted
I liked the over top feel of this movie. Was it good? I dont know. Fun? Yes. Tons of great effects made for a very fun 2 hours.
The exhilarating plot cleverly modernizes the Greek Fates myth into a top-notch, action-packed film that defies the laws of Physics with a lot of class, a stylish direction, great performances and full-throttle energy to deliver something truly unique.
This is, like, the only miss out of several hits in James McAvoy's 2000s career. I understand casting an actor of uncommon quality to portray the physical and emotional anxiety of pre-transformation Wesley, but the post-transformation characterization is somewhat pedestrian and wasted on McAvoy, and he kinda knew it, so he really phoned in that awful accent. Couldn't something have been done? The story is oddly slow with too much revenge masquerading as redemption, and Angie is just a one-note badass. Oh well.
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