I just got back from the first late-night screening of “Wanted” and I’m still waiting for the adrenaline flowing through my veins to subside. Wanted is indeed an ultimate guy-flick. You’ve got guns, bullets that can
bend the laws of physics, a nerd-turned-hero, a super-attractive woman, and to top it all off: the cool and sly voice of Morgan Freeman. Oh, and there’s a story. Based on the comic book miniseries Wanted by Mark Millar Frank, the film tells the tale of a group of assassins who are part of a thousand-year old fraternity. They kill bad guys. Supposedly. That’s the back story. The present-day scenario is a bored, cubicle, worker bee accountant who is possibly the guy you beat up in high school. We see him at his most vulnerable; his most miserable. Meanwhile, his father – the world’s greatest assassin – has just been killed by the world’s second greatest assassin who then comes after our anti-hero. Rescued by the fraternity, he is trained to go after his father’s killer. His transformation is somewhere along the lines of Neo in the Matrix, except it’s a little more animated and a little less, well, animatronic.
The stunts are spectacular. Beautiful cars ram in to each other and flip upside down in slow motion as bullets whiz by, through time and space, just to meet their destiny: the head of some unknowing victim. The story is solid enough and the sequences make it coherent enough to provide for a great summer action flick. It’s not meant to be taken seriously and it is far from realistic. It is merely the fantasy of every guy coming true on the silver screen; if only for two hours or so.