6/27/08

Wanted: Take Control

Why It's a Geek Movie
Pretty much the only thing besides a strong sense of sarcastic humor that obligates me to categorize this movie in the Geek file is the fact that it's based on a comic book.  If it weren't for those painstakingly drawn pages, I would have been forced to skip it and leave it up to those guys who get their jollies from action flicks.

What's it About?
Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is a nobody and he knows it.  That is until he meets Fox (Angelina Jolie).  She opens a door for him to an underground group of assassins called The Fraternity.  They tell him that his father, who was one of them, has been killed and his mission is to kill his father's killer.  Trained by The Fraternity and able to do amazing things with bullets, Wesley sets out on his quest... and finds the truth.

How to Appreciate It
This movie is bloody and irreverent, but it fittingly deals with the bloody and irreverent lifestyles assassins.  You pretty much have to go into it with that in mind.  A good rule of thumb is that if you don't want to see violence, don't see a movie about assassins.

If you can get past that, though, the story of Wanted gives a clear message about taking control of your life.  I'm sure most the people who go see this will be there for the eye-candy: bullet-time, car chases and... Angelina Jolie.  But if you're in it for something deeper, it's there.

Is it Worth It?
If you're in it for something deeper, it's there... but not clearly enough.  There's a great twist in the plot but not only does it take about three quarters of the movie to get to it, and not only is it one of the most predictable twists you could make, but it's pretty much the only twist.

That's about it for the storyline.  As far as the action goes, it's exciting, incredible and quite solid.  They didn't do anything wrong with that.  Every now and then they injected a couple CC's of biting, irreverent humor that will potentially make you laugh out loud.  So if you're just along for the ride, you'll probably enjoy it.  The rest is just kinda... meh.

What you take away from this movie is to take control of your life.  I'm pretty sure you can learn that in everyday life without all the killing.