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The Diva's review of WANTED [On DVD 12/2/08]

 

The Diva's review of
Wanted DVD(2008)

 

Wanted
Rated; running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes
Genre: Action
Written by : Michael Brandt & Derek Haas and Chris Morgan, based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones
Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov
Cast : James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann
Theatrical release Date: 6/27/08
DVD release Date:12/02/08
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73% - Fresh
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Theatrical Performance
Total US Gross $134,327,125
International Gross $205,458,157
Worldwide Gross $339,785,282



 

WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

A thousand years ago, a group made up of farmers, masons, and weavers started “The Fraternity” their goal in life was to tip the balance from evil to good. They tip the balance by assassinating said evil doers.

Fast forward to the present day and we have a rogue member of The Fraternity and he is targeting from within. This is how we meet Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy). An unassuming man who is berated by his boss (which he allows); cheated on by his girlfriend and his best friend (which he allows); has panic attacks. He’s really got it going for him.

But all this changes within a matter of minutes when he meets an intriguing woman named Fox. Fox (Angelina Jolie) tells him that the rogue assassin killed his father, someone he only knows as the man who walked out on him when he was seven days old and has never heard from again. Wesley is set to inherit his father’s worldly possessions and it is suspected that he inherited a special gene trait from his father - trait that gives Wesley the ability to curve bullets. This does not mean he can curve a bullet in half, he can curve the trajectory. For example he can make a bullet travel around an object. But it takes the leader of The Fraternity, Mr. Sloan (Morgan Freeman) to convince him to join up and in 6 weeks time he is a trained up assassin, but he quickly finds out that not everything is as it seems.

The Dish

If you have not seen Timur Bekmambetov’s Day watch and Night Watch then get thee to the video store. My first viewing of his work, was like watch The Matrix for the first time. I sat there with my jaw dropping, knowing that I had just witnessed the birth of a new way to make film. He brings that vision to Wanted. His “in your face” special effects which is a character in and of itself. If your jaw doesn’t drop while watching the final group fighting scenes (and very original I might add) the nothing fazes you. You don’t even have to wait until the end to be “wowed” but those are just the most amazing scenes in the movie.

I’d like to be able to go into detail about how much I dug the movie, but I fear I will give too much away. Angelina Jolie was commissioned to be brooding and hot at the same time. I suspect that was really hard to accomplish and that is all she brings to the table. The beauty of the movie rests in the supporting characters. Like Common’s “Gun Smith” who has about 10 lines in the movie, but they are a profound 10 lines. Each assassin is barely on screen for long, but each one chews up the scene while they are there. I have to admit to loving the naughtiness of Morgan Freeman’s utterance of a very dirty word. It’s not that I’ve never heard him cuss before (see Street Smart) but it’s been so long. It’s like your mother telling you that your grandmother used to be hell on wheels, but you’ve never believed her until you hear her say “shit” for the first time. Shocks the hell out of you, but at the same time, you know it wasn’t the first time and may not be the last.

The DVD

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
• Extended Scene – Be the first to view this killer extended scene from Wanted.
• Cast and Characters – Go behind the scenes with Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Thomas Kretschmann and Common as they discuss their roles in the film and their experiences on set.
• Stunts on the L Train – Stunt coordinators Nick Gillard and Mic Rodgers explain how cast members Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy performed the astounding elevated train stunt sequence.
• Special Effects: The Art of the Impossible – Special effects supervisor Dominic Tuohy explains how his team pulled off the stunning special effects throughout the film and how Angelina Jolie contributed to the action.
• Groundbreaking Visual Effects: From Imagination to Execution – A look at how the spectacular visual effects in the film were pre-visualized and executed.
• The Origins of Wanted: Bringing the Graphic Novel to Life – Creator Mark Millar, producer Marc Platt, director Timur Bekmambetov and screenwriters Michael Brandt, Derek Haas and Chris Morgan discuss the original graphic novel and the process of adapting it for the big screen.
• Through the Eyes of Visionary Director Timur Bekmambetov – A video portrait of director Timur Bekmambetov, featuring interviews with Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Common, producer Marc Platt and the director himself.
• Wanted: Motion Comics – Watch as the graphic novel comes to life on screen with narration and sound effects.
• The Making of Wanted: The Game • “The Little Things” Music Video Mash-Up

The Directive

Not enough people appreciate Timur Bekmambetov’s work. It is my hope that in viewing this and all the yummy extra’s, you’ll be compelled to check out his other work. Again, GET THEE to the video store!

3BC Ratings

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I wanted to see it again and I'm glad I did.


Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2008
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