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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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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.

Overall this was a very good film, with enough thrills and spills to keep you entertained and a plot that keeps you interested throughout. It is one you could easily watch more than once and if you have yet to see this I recommend you check it out at some point in the near future.

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on 7 February 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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on 7 May 2011
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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on 30 March 2009
This, along with Changeling, was my film of 2008. Good music, action, acting, editing, effects - it has it all. Ok, so it deviates a bit from the original comic book, but that's Hollywood's artistic license for you, but most of the dialogue is word for word.
James McAvoys American accent is slightly ropey, but he's brilliantly cast in this film, even if he's not your usual action hero. Angelina, as ever, is perfect in every way (apart from the fact that she won't be in a sequel, I have thought of a way round that though).
Highly recommended.
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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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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

SUBTITLES :-

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.
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VINE VOICEon 31 August 2008
first of all, i think wanted is one of those films that's going to be a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. the plot is ludicrous, but it's so much fun to watch that as long as you don't take any of it seriously, you should have a lot of fun with it.
performances are spot on. james mcavoy in particular who i've become a huge fan of in recent years, and i think he's become one of our finest young actors is terrific, although you wouldn't neccesarily picture him as an action hero, he does a terrific job. angelina jolie is excellent, one of her best roles in a long while, and morgan freeman, who let's face it, is incapable of giving a bad performance ever, no matter what he's in is very sinister as the head of the group of assasins.
plot as i said is ludicrous, and although it is visually stunning it does seem to rip off the matrix movies, and the russian director's own nightwatch and daywatch movies. in short, it's big, loud, dumb, and very enjoyable and one of the best pure action movies in years.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 23 November 2014
This movie has been out a few years now but still holds up as one slick and very cool thriller about a fraternity of assassins! A young nobody (McAvoy) is snatched from his everyday life to be told his father was one of the worlds top assassins and he too has the ability to become one and avenge the death of his father! its a crazy mash of over the top action sequences and fantastic visual effects, great cast of actors and the lovely Angelina Jolie of course who is a rather stunning and sexy assassin, this movie has it all I think, top entertainment and fast paced all the way, certainly worth getting a copy of this!

The import collectors box set is the best version money can buy, you get a sweet hard box with a bullet piercing the front, inside is a giant book like case with a spine, inside you get the 2-discs, art cards, booklet and a cool framed moving still of animation from the movie, fantastic collectors piece for he money!

Blu-ray has great picture quality.
Lots of great features about the making of the movie.
Region FREE plays in UK players.
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on 8 November 2008
I saw this film at the cinema and really enjoyed it - so much so that I pre-ordered the Blu-Ray. It's pure comic book and should be enjoyed as such. Leave your brain at the door and just enjoy the ride. It's not a high-brow cinematic classic but it packs a lot of fun into a couple of hours.
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