Wanted

July 15th, 2008 by exolstice

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This film is based on the comic book of the same name. Now forget the last sentence, because this film has nothing to do with the comic on which it is based other than the title (and maybe a few character names). But you know what? Who cares!

When a movie delivers this much action in roughly 90 minutes, it could be based on the three little pigs and it wouldn’t make any difference. Wanted is a non-stop thrill ride from beginning to end, and I’m using movie review clich├ęs deliberately here, because this film demands it. It’s filled with so many face punches, car chases, gun fights, knife fights, and explosions that the audience is barely left with any time to catch their breath. You don’t even have time to blink. If you do, you might miss something completely over the top and ridiculous, and yet completely awesome at the same time.

Bullets curve around obstacles, drivers perform mid-air barrel rolls while firing their weapons, and you’ll be left reeling. This is mindless summer action movie entertainment at its finest. It doesn’t try to make sense, it just tries to blow you away, and it succeeds admirably. The one complaint I could level at this film is that the violence is often brutal, and it may be too much for some audience members (I saw an elderly couple leave the theater during a particularly graphic “retraining” scene.

However, if you’re up for some no-nonsense action, go see this film.

***½

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