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on 26 July 2009
First of all this was one of the few films I have seen that really benefited from the enhanced picture quality of Blu-Ray; as often as not when I'm watching a high-def film I forget about that aspect (sorry) of it, but this one stands out.
Another early surprise - before the film started actually - was the number of language options. There are thirteen in all, and in case it's of use to anyone reading this, here they are:-
SPOKEN (Dubbed) LANGUAGE OPTIONS :-
English / French / Italian / German / Japanese
English / French / Italian / German / Japanese / Chinese / Castellano / Dutch / Swedish / Danish / Finnish / Portuguese / Norwegian
I must say I really appreciated the Japanese language option, that's pretty rare as far as I know.
As for the film, well it's no surprise that it has split opinion so widely. It's rather daft but it hangs on grimly to its story so that it tries hard not to be a brainless action blockbuster. That's fine, it's just that the story itself is less than convincing. There are shades of The Matrix to it, and even some of the Chinese films such as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, with all the (impressive) slow-mo shots of bullets flying around. I haven't read the book that it's based on, but that may be a good thing because I started watching this with next to no idea what it was about or what to expect. Oddly enough, the night before I had watched 21 which had a similar theme, in that a nice, decent ordinary guy gets drawn into a dark and sinister group of people and he undergoes a total personality change. This is better though, if only because it's more exciting, with decent car chases and a thrilling episode aboard a speeding train.
I said 'mind-blowing' simply because a lot of minds - or heads at least - get blown to pieces and the presentation is pretty graphic, so much so that it was probably the main reason why the film was given an 18 certificate. It's violent, then, but stylish with it.
And just as the aforementioned 21 had a couple of superstar actors in it, so too does WANTED, most notably Morgan Freeman but really he just reads the words out and doesn't give one of his more memorable performances.
In a nutshell: Entertaining nonsense! As a film, I would say it's for renting only, although some might consider it worth buying as a blu-ray demo. But when you think that for the same price as buying you could rent half a dozen films (or more) instead, I'd say renting is the better option.