Monday, July 28, 2008

Capsule Review: Wanted (****)

Starring James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, and Morgan Freeman

Timur Bekmambetov's Wanted is an innovative, exhilarating action classic, featuring mind-boggling and truly imaginative set-pieces that surpass anything in the Matrix trilogy. At this point near the end of the summer season, Wanted stands tall as one of the best films. James McAvoy stars as Wesley Gibson, a bored-out-of-his-mind office worker who wants to take life by the hair and live it. One day that happens when a woman suddenly lures him into the world of The Fraternity, a group of revolutionary assassins. This leads to unexpected and kind of provocative places, something you don't usually see in an action film. I was excited and pumped up after seeing this film, and I talked about it with friends for the next week or so. Imagine my surprise to find Wanted, with its poor ad campaign, to be actually better than both Iron Man and Indiana Jones.

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