Wanted review by Rosa Powell
Wanted has all that an action movie needs - action. Well that’s obvious, but the way this violence is represented is different to what you would expect. Rated R/18 (and understandably so), this film is not for the faint-hearted.
Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) plays your average Joe - he hates his boss, and his girlfriend is cheating on him with his best friend. Then Angelina Jolie (who plays Fox) comes along and changed his life completely. Next thing you know, he’s being trained to become an assassin with Fox and Sloan, played by Morgan “kick-ass voice” Freeman.
When you look at the plot, this would never happen - but it makes a heck of a movie. You may think that James McAvoy was the last person you would look at for the lead role, but that’s the main reason why this film words so well. This film revolves around a normal guy who you wouldn’t expect all of this happen to. And he gives a stunning performance, in particular yelling at his boss, which appeals so well because many people who will watch this have a frustration towards their bosses, and this is like a fantasy come true.
With many twists and turns, and a mandatory cameo from Terrance Stamp, Wanted is set to entertain you all the way. Jolie unleashes her inner Lara Croft again for some action scenes but most performances however do seem relaxed, the gore makes up for it and there is plenty of it, as well as some jump moments. I can safely say that this movie prepared McAvoy for his biggest role yet - playing Professor Charles Xavier in a little movie called X Men: First Class. This movie also has a kick-ass soundtrack, and stunning special effects, this is the best action movie of 2008 by far.