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Wanted [DVD]

Angelina Jolie , James McAvoy , Timur Bekmambetov    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman
  • Directors: Timur Bekmambetov
  • Format: Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: Hungarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DA9U48
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,655 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Includes limited edition comic book with exclusive website access code.


As the impresario behind gravity-defying Russian blockbuster Night Watch, it's inevitable that Hollywood would come calling for Timur Bekmambetov. With a studio budget and an international cast, including two Oscar winners, Timur cooks up a Hong Kong-styled actioner bursting with fast cars and big guns. Our unlikely hero is mild-mannered Chicago accountant Wesley Gibson (Atonement's James McAvoy), whose father died when he was a tot. Wesley never learned to stand up for himself, and his girlfriend, boss, and best buddy all take advantage until the seductive Fox (Angelina Jolie) rescues him from a sharpshooter named Cross (The Pianist’s Thomas Kretschmann). After which, she whisks him away to a mansion on the edge of town to meet the other members of the Fraternity, where leader Sloan (Morgan Freeman) informs Wesley that Cross, a rogue agent, executed his father. Sloan believes Wesley has the goods to take him out, so he undergoes the Fraternity's brutal training regimen (Marc Warren and Common dish up some of the abuse). When he's ready, Sloan sends him out to fulfill his duty, but matters become complicated when Wesley finds out someone isn't telling the truth, leading our former milquetoast to exact an elaborate revenge. For those who've been following McAvoy's career to date, Wanted will surely come as a surprise. In adapting Mark Millar's comic series, Timur offers buckets of blood and a smidgen of depth, but fans of The Matrix and Mr. and Mrs. Smith will want to give this one a look. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Well I never... every once in a while you get a pleasant surprise.

After seeing the trailers for this when it was out at the cinema I gave it a wide berth, thinking it looked awful. But after hearing good things about it from more than a few friends and seeing it in the bargain bucket at my local DVD exchange, I thought I'd pick it up and give it a go.

Having finally bit the bullet (a perfect pun for a film about assassins who bend bullets and block shots with their own flying lead) what I got was a film that, although cheesy, was thoroughly enjoyable. With a surprisingly interesting story and sub plot, it was packed full of action (albeit a bit over the top - especially in the car chase stakes,) and had a few jokes in there that had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion.

In short, it's basically about an office worker, bored with the 9 to 5, who's picked to join a school of assassins - but there's also an interesting background to the story in the sense that these assassins get their 'marks' from a higher place - a divine presence or universal force which speaks to our heroes through a loom; which of its own accord, has been providing 'targets' to this school of hitmen - coded within it's threads - for centuries.

Jolie was the best I've ever seen her in this (both looks and acting-wise), Morgan Freeman as always was outstanding, and their was even a major minor role for Common - which should please Hip Hop fans. The film was good fun, well shot and directed and the special effects were suitably over the top yet spectacular. I and my flat mate thoroughly enjoyed it and if you want a film full of stylised killing you'll be hard pressed to beat it.

Wanted: not by me at first, but it should have been because it's not at all half bad. 8 out of 10.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanted 7 May 2011
Wesley lives his life from day to day, coping with the monotony of work and crippling panic attacks. His boss makes his life a misery and his best friends is having an affair with his girlfriend, his life is directionless and he's not sure what his life's purpose is. Then Vox (Jolie) comes along, rescues him from an assassin and introduces him into the world of the fraternity.

The fraternity are a group of highly skilled assassins, lead by Sloan (Morgan Freeman), who can bend bullets, see in slow motion and who rid the world of unsavoury characters who cause more harm than good. That is until some darker secrets start to come to light......

This is one of those action films that runs at a frenetic pace and as long as you don't over-analyse it you will be in for a rip-roaring ride. There are fights galore, high speed car chases and enough explosions to keep the most ardent action fan pleased. The stunts and special effects are pretty impressive and whilst they are reminiscent of The Matrix at times, they are still great fun to watch.

McAvoy doesn't seem gritty enough to be an action hero, but he suit's the role well as the everyman who gets dragged into a world he doesn't fully understand. Jolie is a little wooden, but to be honest she takes a back seat in this film and you don't really notice her one way or the other. Freeman adds a certain gravitas as he always seems to do in the roles he plays.

The direction was pretty good too, with slowed down time and bullets and the action scenes are handled very well. The soundtrack is great as well and the use of Nine Inch Nails' `Every Day is Exactly the Same' when McAvoy is an office worker was inspired.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wanted 7 May 2011
By paul
A master pice of many twists and turns . Full on action,and suspense,The .ending leaves you wanting more .Reconmended to all who like spical effects.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare this is not... 7 Feb 2011
But my god it's entertaining!

Like so many of the reviews here I really wasn't expecting much from this but it really blew me away. Its absolutely non-stop adrenaline - I saw one review saying not enough action? I think this film is like the Matrix on cocaine or the Terminator with ADHD.

This is film is clearly not a thinker, but solid performances, very impressive visuals and enough of a plot to fill in brief gaps between gun shots, stunts and train hopping madness make this film a very watchable experience.

With regards to the Blu-Ray edition, very worthwhile - crisp quality of both sound and visual that given the subject matter (ie lots of visual effects etc) is worth having in its highest quality.

Highly recommended - will have you on the edge of the seat and cheering at the end!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER
The film stars 'James Mcavoy' as 'Wes' 'Angelina Jolie' as 'Fox' and 'Morgan Freeman' as 'Sloan' did i mention 'Angelina Jolie' ?
'Wes' is recruited and brutaly trained as an assassin by the 'fraternity' lead by 'Sloan'
The choice of targets is determined by a rather dubious method said to be the system used for a thousand years, 'Wes' when trained is given the task of killing the man who killed his father earlier, 'Fox' is never very far behind as a back up, the mission is not all that it seems.
This is a violent and fast moving flick that gets better as it moves along, with a unexpected and rather brilliant finale.
'James Mcavoy' grows into the part of 'Wes' 'Angelina' well....she does what she does best.....
Good Picture and Sound Quality.
Give the film a while to get going and i'm sure you'll love it.
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