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Wanted (DVD, 2008, Widescreen)
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Based on a series of graphic novels, this supernatural thriller explores the transformation that occurs when a cubicle-bound nothing of a man (James McAvoy) learns he has magi...Read more
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Desperately Striving To Perform, Delivers Heavy Punch!
This film, directed by foreign film-maker Timur Bekmambetov, packs a super fast punch to the heavy action movie-goers. We find that the frustrated, boring nobody going nowher...Read more
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farfetched & little bizarre but that's the beauty of it
I thought this film was mindless, campy, and reeks of fun. "Wanted" maybe filled with plot holes as big as Jupiter but at least they made it up in the area of visual...Read more

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Based on a series of graphic novels, this supernatural thriller explores the transformation that occurs when a cubicle-bound nothing of a man (James McAvoy) learns he has magical powers. WANTED costars Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman and arrives courtesy of Timur Bekmambetov, the director of the stunning Night Watch series., IN THEATRES MARCH 28, 2008Based on a series of graphic novels, this supernatural thriller explores the unbelievable transformation that occurs when a cubicle-bound nothing of a man learns he has magical powers., Loosely based on the comic book miniseries of the same by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones, WANTED, directed by Timur Bekmambetov, follows anxiety-prone office drone Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) as he is inducted into the Fraternity, a clan of powerful killers that counted his father as a member. Pursued by rogue agent Cross (Thomas Kretschmann), Wesley is trained by the sleek, sexy Fox (Angelina Jolie) and the charismatic Sloan (Morgan Freeman), among others, to be just as proficient and deadly as his father. Once Wesley becomes a master assassin, he must confront Cross, and contend with the stunning ramifications of that encounter.Straying rather far from the WANTED comic's supervillain-centric premise, WANTED runs with the edgy Eastern European aesthetic of Russian helmer Bekmambetov, who garnered international recognition with the stylish vampire epic NIGHT WATCH. While Jolie is a gleefully destructive presence in her action-heavy scenes, the film belongs to McAvoy, who transforms from milquetoast to manhunter with verve and charm. And like the similarly themed THE MATRIX before it, WANTED also showcases some eye-catching special effects, most notably in the loopy concept of "curving bullets." Though devotees of the WANTED comic may be dismayed with the many liberties taken with the story, the movie is undeniably energetic and entertaining, making it fun summer blockbuster fare.


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Edition:Widescreen
Number of Discs:1
Rating:R (MPAA)
Film Country:USA
UPC:025195016674


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Genre:Action/Adventure
Format:DVD
Display Format:Widescreen

eBay Product ID: EPID70910140

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"Much of the entertainment value comes from jaw-dropping stunts and explosive action sequences, which are high-octane fun....Highly inventive..."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (06/27/2008)

"WANTED has audacity to burn....Jolie is all wolf, kohl-eyed and coldblooded....The adrenaline-overdose strategy works for viewers as well as hit men."
Los Angeles Times - Sam Adams (06/27/2008)

"[T]here's global realpolitik glee to the filmmaker's fancy-splatter approach to violence."
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (07/11/2008)

4 stars out of 5 -- "Bekmambetov understands pacing and escalation: set-pieces build in intensity, and each sequence is filled with inventive gags or gimmicks..."
Empire - Kim Newman (08/01/2008)

"[I]t rivets your attention....McAvoy's transition from anxious office serf to swaggering killer has some emotional depth and a runty, fearful stoicism."
Sight and Sound - Kate Stables (09/01/2008)

"[I]ts speedily unfolding plotline doesn't disappoint, with as many twists and turns as its characters' stunning mid-air moves."
Premiere - Malina Saval (06/20/2008)

3 stars out of 5 -- "Relentlessly paced, the film barrels by like the express train Jolie bodysurfs..."
Total Film - Mark Salisbury (12/01/2008)

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Desperately Striving To Perform, Delivers Heavy Punch!

Created: 23/08/09
This film, directed by foreign film-maker Timur Bekmambetov, packs a super fast punch to the heavy action movie-goers. We find that the frustrated, boring nobody going nowhere named Wesley Gibson played by James McAvoy.

It might be hard to call this a supernatural blockbuster, but holds its own with a stunning cast of big-time stars like Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman.


Based on a series of graphic novels, this film explores the intricacies of a small time guy yearning to explore his own abilities when he discovers that he is invited to join a group who calls themselves the Fraternity. These people assassinate others based on an intricate weaving machine that spits out names based on fate and fate alone. This clan of killers counted his father as one of them, however, we later find out a twist in the plot-line that helps explain many things.

Pursued by rogue agent Cross (Thomas Kretschmann), Wesley is trained by the sleek, sexy Fox (Angelina Jolie) and the charismatic Sloan (Morgan Freeman).

Once Wesley becomes his own master assassin, he must face his major opponent confront Cross.

While Fox (Jolie) has a strong presence in her scenes, the film belongs to McAvoy, who plays his part much to our satisfaction, after learning how he has been transformed.

Curving bullets may sound crazy, however, we soon find out that this is one of the Fraternities tricks.

Don't miss this film, yet, let me warn you of the heavy war-faring content and an endless supply of bullet popping blow-aways.

I'm going to give this film a 4/5 since I don't totally agree with the content or the typical never-ending barrage of fowl language.

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farfetched & little bizarre but that's the beauty of it

Created: 22/04/09
I thought this film was mindless, campy, and reeks of fun. "Wanted" maybe filled with plot holes as big as Jupiter but at least they made it up in the area of visual style served with a side action. You've probably met a person like Wesley Gibson (McAvoy) who is a nobody trapped in a boring world. Whose girlfriend cheats on him, his best friend is a backstabber, and he has a boss that won't get off his back. No...maybe...Well later in the film an assassin named Fox (Jolie) tries to initiate him into the Fraternity, his life is changed forever. He learns that his father was one of the best assassins in the world, and he must no walk in his footsteps. He leaves his nothing life and joins the Fraternity. He must undergo a grueling initiation, and then hunt down the man that killed his father.

`Wanted' has decent character development along with a good plot. It is structured well, with Wesley not being able to turn back after Act 1, and a great setup for the climax after Act 2. There is even symbolism in the movie with a draw bridge coming apart. It symbolized the end of Wesley's old life. There are many obstacles put in Wesley's path of killing Cross. The screenwriter made sure that becoming a Fraternity member wasn't an easy challenge. There is a great twist in the middle of the movie, which made the movie way better. The ending is very entertaining. It starts off with a big bang that was planted since the beginning of Wesley's life with the Fraternity. One problem was that the action was either overdone or illogical in parts. In one scene, Wesley hits a man with a keyboard, and letters fly off spelling a phrase I'm not aloud to repeat.

`Wanted' has a very good director and I had seen his previous films but a mild fan of them. It was a smart choice to pick a foreign director to get a new perspective on things in regards to the lighting and the settings. For example, Wesley's apartment being next to a train is a good setting because it bleak and it shows how sad his life is and foreshadows later events. The office is a good place to show how average his life is and the textile mill seems true to what the Fraternity is about. The acting is good and expected by others such as Morgan Freeman who is always a good actor, although I would like to see him in a different role time to time. James McAvoy played a great lead, reminiscent Edward Norton in Fight Club. We have Angelina, who has less line than the boss, so that makes me consider she was placed there for her fame and beauty. Even though she was the weakest of the group she was still believable and had worse material to work with. The minor actors, like Wesley's best friend did a good job as well.

Aside from that it instantly forgettable stuff but if you're looking for something noisy and totally undemanding then this would fit that bill.
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WANTED

Created: 18/01/09
One of the GREAT action/fantasy movies I have watched in a long time. Jolie
is excellent in her part as 'FOX'. Morgan as good as ever as the surprise
"bad guy" here. I LOVED the music-that starts and ends this movie also.
The plot starts when doormat to the world Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy-Spiderman) discovers that his recently murdered Father-who Wesley never
knew- belonged to a secret guild of assassins. After Jolie drafts Wesley
into the society, he hones his innate killing skills and turns avenger.
Chicago is the backdrop for this thriller as Morgan Freeman leads the
brotherhood of executioners. The action goes worldwide as Wesley does
job after job -until he meets the master killer himself & figures things
out- and they are nothing like he first thought. Good ending to a movie
that will really thrill and entertain most people for an evening.
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One of the Best Films of 2008, Hands Down!

Created: 02/06/09
At exactly 20:00 minutes into Wanted quite possibly the most enticing and engaging introduction fades out -leaving you wanting the next hour and a half instantly like a crack addict going through withdrawals. Director Timur Bekmambetov delivers competition for the infamous 2008 legend, The Dark Knight. Go ahead, gasp and think how impossible that is but alas two insanely incredible films have been served on silver platters in the same year. Wanted is a remarkably beautiful mix of The Matrix and Fight Club. The cast performed spectacularly, even small time center, James McAvoy. The action sequences are so far beyond anything you've ever seen, and yet so incredibly realistic and smart, you'll want to watch it again as soon as it finishes (with it's rather well thought out ending for the kicker). Without a doubting fiber from this review, Wanted hits a perfect gold.
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Wanted... The DVD

Created: 02/12/08
Ok, I didn't go to the theaters to see this one...

And I only recently read the trade paperback containing the comics this film was based on.

However, the film itself was pretty good in that it cleaned up the storyline from the comics and was a good film to watch.

Would I watch it again? Probably, but not right away...

Today was the first day that the DVD was released at our video rental store, so I wanted to see it. Was a little displeased that this DVD had NO xtras. None, nada... but that was the only DVD that was there at the store.

The film itself listed the creators of the comics as co-producers of the film. However the film is only loosely based on the comics in my estimation. The general scheme of things is familar but the setting and the persons have been turned around... a lot!

However the film kept me in suspense and was worth renting!

Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman made this film worthwhile watching! Kudos to them!
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