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Blowing Physics Off in Timur Bekmambetov’s Wanted (2008) July 7, 2008

Posted by Richard Bolisay in Hollywood, Literature.
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Directed by Timur Bekmambetov
Cast: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman
Based on Mark Millar and J. G Jones’s comic book series

That Kazakh guy, whom I believed for the longest time was Russian, who adapted the Nightwatch series must be blessed with formidable skill in pumping up volumes of adrenalin and sustaining their current up to the very end – – his latest proves to be a total knockout. Transformers builds fun on nostalgia; Wanted on the geeky impossible. Curving bullets, trajectories measured in light years, cars doing acrobatics, automotive engines catching up with trains and smashing through, pointless loss of lives captured in slo-mo, severe wounds that heal in a matter of days, bullets from rival guns kissing each other – – the incredulity of it all is what makes the viewing exceptional. The butterfly effect takes its cue from killing one and saving a thousand; like Bradbury’s tale except it justifies serial killing. The drawback would possibly be the story sacrificing for the action, but luckily the substantial dimension of it delivers. The treatment overpowers the narrative but unlike Meirelles’s rise to fame, it lacks any form of pretense – – it only serves its primal purpose: to thrill, nothing less. Jolie’s alphafemale decoy induces prostrate pleasure, while McAvoy’s summoning caricature of anonymous-turned-courageous profile rides with the viking rush. In less than two hours, this film stops you from thinking; because in Bekmambetov’s world, boredom is absolutely the biggest sin. * * * *

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