Wanted (US, 2008)

Who’s watching the watchers?’


Up until the last 20 mins I quite enjoyed this routine (ie heavily generic) action feature with some eye-popping stunts. Then its subtleties kicked in and it revealed itself as a very clever play on the action genre (with its boring rites of violence passage). The visuals are impressive throughout, presumably from the source graphic novel; particularly the weaving room – especially when it was destroyed into a web of chaos (shades of Wagner’s norns?).

Jolie sleepwalks through (as does Freeman until the end – though he’s nicely cast against type); but McAvoy inhabits his role well. Can’t understand why it was an 18 in the UK.

‘Who watches the watchers?” is an old question given vitality by this movie.

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