Stylised, sleek action


Genre: Action/thriller

Director: Timur Bekmambetov

Cast: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie and Thomas Kretschmann

Showing at Kumari


Here comes a total fantasy movie that makes all your dreams come true. It’s fast, it’s mean, it’s bloody and yes it has the

hot, sexy and devilishly delicious Angelina Jolie. It’s a movie for guys as it has cars, blood and a hottie to make it look perfect. But somehow it fails to be a memorable movie despite all the style and show.

With Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Jolie sharing the screen with James McAvoy, who is a hot cake in Hollywood after the critically acclaimed Atonement, guess we expected much more. The debutant Hollywood director Timur Bekmambetov has tried his best to give the movie what it requires, but somewhere he fails miserably which even the action packed sequences of kicks and bullets cannot hide.

To cut the story short, the film takes us into the life of dorky loser Wesley Gibson (McAvoy) who leads a really pathetic life where his co-workers treat him badly, his girl friend cheats on him with his own friend and he himself is super critical about himself. Enters this gun-crazy girl who loves breaking traffic rules and is as foxy as her name — Fox (Jolie). She tells him his father was assassinated by Cross (Thomas Kretschmann) and after Fox shoots the bad guy with style and appeal, she takes him to Sloan (Freeman), the leader of a secret, centuries-old fraternity of assassins who kill bad guys on the orders of the Loom of Fate. Wesley is trained under Fox to be the perfect killing machine to take revenge on the man who killed his father. And then like the Bollywood movies of 80’s, comes the surprise twist in the story.

Freeman does not have much to do but appear in between to say some boring to death dialogues. Jolie plays the perfect assassin that all guys dream of, who can jump from a running train, drive like there is no tomorrow, has her body inked, kick a*** and punch with her toothpick thin arms and make it look cake walk, and the cherry on top is she even gives you the biggest kiss ever just to make your cheating girlfriend jealous. What more can you ask for.

But it’s a treat for girls too to see McAvoy change from a meek loser to the ultimate killing machine. He does his role to perfection and looks equally convincing as a docile guy whom everyone walks all over to don’t-mess-with-me hunk.

The movie does not have a breathing space and is made on such a fast pace that sometimes you can get dizzy. Action scenes are done perfectly that they look real and exciting.

Wanted might not linger on your memory, but will keep you on the edge of the seat throughout.