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Our purpose is to maintain stability in an unstable world - kill one, save a thousand. - Sloan
Iâ€™ve been craving some of that WANTED loving since I heard that Timur Bekmambetov was the lad behind the lens on it. Night Watch and Day Watch blew my noggin wide open visually and I expected nothing less from Timurâ€™s American feature film debut. Now before I unload by 12 gauge, I have to put this out there: If youâ€™re the kind of person that NEEDS â€śrealismâ€ť even in â€śnon realisticâ€ť types of pictures - then donâ€™t bother with this baby. Youâ€™ll be groaning like an hemorrhoid on two legs the whole way through and annoying the people around you THAT WANT to see this kind stuffâ€¦i.e. peeps like ME!
WANTED (which is loosely based on Mark Millarâ€™s comic series of the same name) was an adrenaline fueled, visually arresting, wam-bam-bang your momma in the corn hole, cluster f*ck of fun f*cking times at the movies. Unlike many foreign directors that lose their stones when segueing to the good old US of A, Timur Bekmambetov went the other way, pushing the envelope and smothering our faces in excess as much as he could within his new playground. And I SOOOOO respected that! Yup, WANTED had a cynical sense of humor that charmed the pants out of me, a clever narration that worked for the most part and a politically incorrect attitude that I just couldnâ€™t get enough of. Ahhhâ€¦ a film that is not afraid to offend in this pussy-fied, overly sensitive society â€“ what a breath of fresh dead air!
Yup, the R Rating was embraced whole heartily here as bullets emerged out of craniums in slow motion, gushes of blood splattered left and right and fists crushed jaws fiercely. In fact, one of my fav bits had to do with our hero shooting a crowd of baddies while having his gun lodged through some corpseâ€™s eye socket. Yup he was dragging that dead body around as he mowed the room down. You just canâ€™t go wrong with that kind of macabre poetry in motion! Which brings me to the many shootouts and inventive/eye popping vehicular shenanigans that caused a ruckus in this war party. Plausible? Of course not! But this is a movie, not reality and I personally got off on the stunt heavy (loved the flip of the car over another carâ€™s hood), gleefully brutal, novel, audio/visual extreme and at time tongue in cheek get downs that unraveled here.
What about the story you may ask? Was there one? Yes there was - nothing groundbreaking - but substantial and compelling enough to keep me stimulated. The flick echoed classics like Fight Club, The Matrix, Empire Strikes Back and even â€śname your own flickâ€ť super-hero origin story. Moreover, the tight characters contributed in keeping me engaged. Not that they were of Hamlet like depth; but they were well written enough for me to give a hoot and more importantly, superbly cast (Jolie, Freeman, McAvoy â€“ all aced it!). Hence although derivative and familiar, WANTED held up as whole, sported its own identity and even managed to surprise me now and again with a couple unexpected plot twists.
Any negatives to gun out? Well some of the green screen work was obvious, hence taking me out of the action a tad. And was it me or were some of the action scenes TOO tightly edited in places? Finally the affair did go on for a tad too long for my liking. A good ten minutes couldâ€™ve been shaved off this wild boarâ€™s back. As the end credits rolled though, I had a huge grin on my face. Why? Cause I had just sat through 2 hours of rousing, no holds barred, grisly and extreme entertainment. Balls on their sleeves cinematic uppercuts like this one are the reason I still go to the movies! Thank you WANTED!