D: Timur Bekmambetov 
Universal (Marc Platt, Jim Lemley, Jason Netter & Iain Smith)
US 2008
110 mins


W: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas & Chris Morgan
DP: Mitchell Amundsen
Ed: David Brenner
Mus: Danny Elfman

James McAvoy (Wesley Gibson), Angelina Jolie (Fox), Morgan Freeman (Sloan), Terence Stamp (Pekwarsky), Thomas Kretschmann (Cross), Common (Earl Spellman)

Surely summer blockbusters haven't become so bad that this excuse for action entertainment passes for one? If so, Hollywood needs to stop counting their pennies and really start putting some effort in, rather than regurgitating and recycling stuff from other movies with an added dash of nonsense...  This Matrix-meets-Fight Club clone sees a white collar bureaucrat with a meaningless and pointless life on a quest for the truth of his existence, the truth being that he is destined to be a member of a secret fraternity of assassins that has existed since the dawn of mankind... James McAvoy annoyingly screams through the first 45 minutes while Angelina Jolie struts around like a whore...  The action scenes expect us to completely ignore the rules of physics.  Even disengaging the brain it's all a little bit insulting, the biggest caketake of all being that the fraternity's chosen targets are deciphered from a 'loom of fate', after initial hesitancy our 'hero' actually starts to enjoy killing people simply because a mystical sewing machine needs to keep the universe in perfect balance, regardless of the questionable innocence or guilt of those who need to be offed in order to keep the scales in tick...

This movie rather unashamedly and irresponsibly glamourises gun violence! It's little wonder gun crime has rocketed on the world's street when youthful, impressionable teens have this for entertainment to inspire them.  Even attempts at comedy seemed like they were missing a sitcom style laughter track, particularly during a scene where an ATM calls our hero an asshole!  If the Hollywood barrel has to steal jokes from Stephen King's awful 'Maximum Overdrive', we really are in a dire state of affairs!


James McAvoy in Wanted
James McAvoy in Wanted