12 February 2018


Wanted 2008
  • Director: Timur Bekmambetov
  • Based on the novel: no
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Mark Warren, Terence Stamp, Lorna Scott, David O’Hara
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • James McAvoy – Filth, The Last Station, Atonement, Becoming Jane, Starter for Ten, Macbeth Retold, Inside I’m Dancing, Bright Young Things
    • Angelina Jolie – The Tourist, Changeling, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Girl Interrupted
    • Morgan Freeman – Transcendence, The Dark Knight Rises, Invictus, The Dark Knight, Gone Baby Gone, Batman Begins, Million Dollar Baby, Bruce Almighty, Levity, Along Came a Spider, Nurse Betty, Amistad, Moll Flanders, Seven, The Shawshank Redemption, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Driving Miss Daisy, Eyewitness
    • Mark Warren – Hustle, Doctor Who, Colour Me Kubrick, Shine
    • Terence Stamp – A Song for Marion, Valkyrie, Star Wars I, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Superman II, Superman, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Collector, Billy Budd
    • Lorna Scott – My First Mister, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Third Rock from the Sun, What’s Love Got to Do with It
    • David O’Hara – Harry Potter, The Kid, Hotel Rwanda
  • Why? James McAvoy
  • Seen: Once before. Now 9 February 2018      

       Account manager, that’s nerdy Wesley Gibson’s (McAvoy) job title. He considers himself the most insignificant asshole of the 21st century. He takes medication for his anxiety attacks. His girlfriend is shagging his best friend. He’s bullied by his sadistic boss Janice (Scott).
       Then a thousand-year-old Fraternity of assassins, in the form of sexy automatic weapon toting Fox (Jolie), informs him in a supermarket (which she proceeds to shoot into smithereens) that his father, who had abandoned him when he was a week old, had now been assassinated and Wesley’s job is now to assassinate the assassin.
       After a wild car chase Wesley is brought to a textile factory where the Fraternity has its headquarters. There leader Sloan (Freeman) shows him that he has superpowers that will make him the best assassin.
       He’s still nerdy but he gets to like the idea. So Fox and Repairman (Warren) teach him, violently, to be an assassin.
       It’s silly and violent and macho and there are too many car chases. But it’s also fun and funny and exciting and the cast is good. On a Friday evening with a gin and tonic in hand and a few unexpected twists it’s

3* of 5

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