Bekmambetov film offers action, originality

Chester Gifford

I’m not a big fan of massive action movies. However, Timur Bekmambetov’s “Wanted” was a wonderful exception.

There were no dummies with guns; no dark, contemplative, sullen war-drenched, stereotypical action heroes; but truly a motley crew of completely professional, professionally trained anti-hero gunmen.

The central plot surrounds a regular Joe who is approached by a legendary – and millennially aged – fraternity of assassins who kill to save the world. They are led by Morgan Freeman, who derives their targets from a rather mystically encoded cloth. (The original fraternity consisted of weavers.) You may remember a similar plot surrounding Thomas “Mr.” Anderson from “The Matrix.”

I just so happen to love – nay adore – normal Joe ascensions to specialty. The action sequences are to die for – no pun intended – and completely original. And, frankly, mind-blowing. It’s an edge- of-your-seat thrill ride that doesn’t go off the deep end on CGI, and the oddly sarcastic narrations of the “office geek” main character bring a dash of comic relief that makes a truly rich film.

This isn’t your average “shoot ’em up” flick; it’s a breath of fresh air in a world that doesn’t make sense. See this film and find out if you are a wolf or a sheep.

Plot: 6 out of 10.

Action sequences: 8 out of 10.

CGI: 6 out of 10.

Total: 20 out of 30. Not bad.