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Genre: Action/Thriller
Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy, Thomas Kretschmann, Terence Stamp, Common, David O'Hara, Kristen Hager, Mark Warren, Chris Pratt
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Rating: M18 (Violence and Some Sexual Scenes)
Year Made: 2008



- Behind The Scenes: Viper Chase
- Featurette: A Set Tour
- Trailers



Languages: English/Italian
Subtitles: English/Italian/
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: Berjaya HVN




Wesley Gibson is a cube-dwelling hypochondriac, with a humilitating boss and a cheating girlfriend. His life is going nowhere!

Wes discovers that his estranged father has been brutally murdered - and finds himself thrust into joining a secret society of assassins called The Fraternity. During his training at the hands of a skilled mentor called Fox, this once office-bound wimp develops lightning-fast reflexes and superhuman dexterity.

But with his first assignment, Wes finds out that the only thing more difficult than ending the lives of others is summoning the courage to take control of his own!


How do you rate a movie if it oozes more style than substance? You might find yourself in such a dilemma after catching "Wanted".

The trailer sells it as a hardcore action flick for the boys. And well it didn’t disappoint with all the flashy weaponry, gravity-defining car crash sequences, pain-inducing cuff fights and feature the hottest woman on the planet, Angelina Jolie who receives top-billing.

Based on a Top Cow comic release by Mark Millar, "Wanted" is about an ordinary office worker, Wesley Gibson (James McAvory from Atonement) who found out under rather bizarre circumstances that he is actually an offspring of a renowned assassin who was recently killed by his counterpart, Cross. Gibson must join a mysterious assassins’ society called Fraternity to avenge his father. I can’t tell you how much difference between the original material and the adapted screenplay as I never read the comic.

But right here in the movie version, Angelina Jolie plays the sexy and skilful Fox who acts as a mentor to McAvory’s character while Morgan Freeman is Sloan, the head of Fraternity who as usual portrays his character as convincingly as a seasoned conman even you know he is mouthing some gibberish lines onscreen.

Director Timur Bekmambetov who hails from Russia and helms the widely popular "Daywatch" and "Nightwatch" is rather at ease coordinating the chaos and his knack for visual is unbeatable. Given a Hollywood’s budget, Bekmambetov proves his ability to seamlessly intertwine the CG and practical effects take for example a prolonged car chase when Gibson first encounters Fox after a shootout in a supermarket. All I can say is Bekmambetov is the only other guy besides the notorious Michael Bay who can give a generic ‘car chase sequence’ a facelift.

No doubt Bekmambetov is a showman, for every questionable plot turn, he distracts it by upping the visual kinetic display. The process of turning Gibson from a wimp to an expert in the field of assassination is unbelievable but entertaining. The spotlight is on McAvory’s character and other cast members like Jolie, Freeman and Thomas Kretschmann (Cross) are there to convince the audience to buy into the absurdness and indulge in this massive escapism campaign.

While there’s a slight twist to the whole mayhem towards the end (whether you buy it or not), "Wanted" lost its footing with all those ridiculous mumbo-jumbo about The Fraternity society although visually it scores a perfect ten.


Behind-the-scenes is a 7 minutes feature that showcases how the stunt team rigged the whole car chase and stunts in downtown Chicago.

A Set Tour features Rapper Common (he plays the gunsmith in the movie) who shows us the huge movie set built in Prague which stood in for the Fraternity headquarters.

Trailers for Burn After Reading, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and Forst/Nixon round up the DVD.


Presented in anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1, the visual is a feast to the eyes. Sometimes it has a gritty feel perhaps intentional by the filmmakers. With a thumping soundtrack, gunshots and explosion, the Dolby Digital 5.1 is a must to exhibit the strong bass and dynamic ambient effects in the surround.



Review by Linus Tee


. Wanted (Movie Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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