Wanted : 3 of 5
While I was in Oklahoma City, my parents and I decided to experience a movie in the plush Warren Theater balcony, so we saw this comic book adventure film together. Wanted isn't the type of movie I would normally see, but when I found out it was based on a graphic novel, I was intrigued, and I actually enjoyed it quite a bit since the entire movie really does have a superhero style. The story is about Wesley Gibson, a wimpy guy with a terrible job, cheating girlfriend, and a life going nowhere, who suddenly finds out he's the son of a master assassin. These assassins are in an ancient order called the Fraternity, who take their orders from "fate" (dealt out by weaves of a mystical loom), and have almost superhuman powers that allow them to heal quickly and even bend the path of bullets from their guns! Angelina Jolie plays the Fox, who becomes Wesley's mentor, and I was glad to see she wasn't the main character, since I'm not much of a fan. James McAvoy was fantastic as Wesley, and his range from anxiety attacks to bad-ass fighting really made the movie enjoyable. I loved the over-the-top touches, such as deflecting bullets with other bullets, or the incredible scene where a train falls off a bridge into a mountain gorge - the more spectacular, the better! There's definitely plenty of blood (including scenes like bullets exiting head wounds in slow motion - yuck!), but since it's all presented with almost a fantasy feel, I didn't mind it too much. Wanted turned out to be a great action movie with a well-written, interesting storyline, and I'm glad I got to see it from my huge, comfy balcony seat!