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10.30.2007
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Wanted

I have to confess that, artwork and high-concept aside, I didn't think much of Mark Millar's comic WANTED, which features a "hero" who unfeelingly murders innocents, proudly talks about raping women, and spends the end of the book actually berating the reader for bothering with such egregious rubbish . You may feel differently (and please... don't try to tell me I don't "get" it), and so you might not be quite so satisfied with this new feature loosely based on the comic. But I'm not overly dismayed that the filmmakers took significant creative license with the source material.

The basic core idea seems relatively intact: James McAvoy plays a neurotic everyday working stiff who discovers (courtesy of Angelina Jolie -- his day's looking better!) that his recently deceased father was an infamous assassin who leaves his legacy, making the lad a default member in a secret society of killers.

That seems to be where the similarities end -- gone are the colorful costumed supervillains who packed every panel in the comic, as well as the pointlessly nihilistic tone of the book (although it still feels like it desperately wants to be the next FIGHT CLUB, but discarding subtext in favor of ballistics). It appears to be replaced with some nonsensical business about slaying for fate and picking a side, but with direction from NIGHT WATCH guy Timur Bekmambetov, at least the visuals are slick.

Wanted

Wanted

Extra Tidbit: On the opposite end of the comic quality spectrum is Millar's generally solid work on THE AUTHORITY, THE ULTIMATES, THE FLASH and SUPERMAN: RED SON.
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4:57PM on 11/02/2007
What's missing here that Shoot 'em Up did have was a tongue firmly planted in its cheek. I'm impressed by the talent behind this thing, but it looks completely soulless and derivative, and too stylish to be the cynical piece of work it wants to be. That said here's hoping Bekmambetov can inject it with enough to make it more than it looks to be.
What's missing here that Shoot 'em Up did have was a tongue firmly planted in its cheek. I'm impressed by the talent behind this thing, but it looks completely soulless and derivative, and too stylish to be the cynical piece of work it wants to be. That said here's hoping Bekmambetov can inject it with enough to make it more than it looks to be.
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8:34AM on 10/31/2007

Deja Vu all over again

Dont get me wrong, it looks amazing visually, and the three leads are always a joy to watch.
But the trailer just feels like The Matrix without the Sci-Fi excuse to put in awesome visuals.
Dont get me wrong, it looks amazing visually, and the three leads are always a joy to watch.
But the trailer just feels like The Matrix without the Sci-Fi excuse to put in awesome visuals.
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7:09AM on 10/31/2007

Wow.

Praise the lord we might have a good film on our hands that doesn't start with "Super" or ends in "formers".
Praise the lord we might have a good film on our hands that doesn't start with "Super" or ends in "formers".
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6:24AM on 10/31/2007

Looks great fun.

I'm not familiar with the original source, but I have been following the progress of this movie due to being a fan of the Night/Day Watch films, James McAvoy and of course Angelina Jolie.
I thought the trailer looked awesome, in the vein of Shoot em Up. There seemed to be some great set pieces and it shows that Angelina Jolie looks so comfortable doing action roles. A genre I'd be happy never to see her leave.
I'm not familiar with the original source, but I have been following the progress of this movie due to being a fan of the Night/Day Watch films, James McAvoy and of course Angelina Jolie.
I thought the trailer looked awesome, in the vein of Shoot em Up. There seemed to be some great set pieces and it shows that Angelina Jolie looks so comfortable doing action roles. A genre I'd be happy never to see her leave.
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3:32AM on 10/31/2007
I really don't think much of the trailer.
Not
good.
I really don't think much of the trailer.
Not
good.
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2:42AM on 10/31/2007

No argument here...

Millar's "Wanted" read like an angry adolescent's cathartic revenge fantasy against a world where everyone treated him like an inconsequential whiny little prick, and he couldn't get laid. The whole premise was essentially - "wouldn't it be cool if you could rape and murder anyone you wanted without recourse?".

Er, no.

Any idiot that draws parallels with the source material to Fight Club (and many do), simply didn't *get* Fight Club.
Millar's "Wanted" read like an angry adolescent's cathartic revenge fantasy against a world where everyone treated him like an inconsequential whiny little prick, and he couldn't get laid. The whole premise was essentially - "wouldn't it be cool if you could rape and murder anyone you wanted without recourse?".

Er, no.

Any idiot that draws parallels with the source material to Fight Club (and many do), simply didn't *get* Fight Club.
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