I had some extra time on my hands today and had the opportunity to see the movie Wanted
staring Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman.
The film is loosely based on a DC comic series of the same name and encompasses elements of The Matrix, Blade Runner, Watchmen and Fight Club.
Wesley Gibson is living a pathetic life with a girlfriend having an affair with an idiot he considers best friend, and works in a job he hates with a boss everyone in his department (including him) loathes and has singled him out for harrassment.
During his visit to a pharmacy to fill a prescription, Wesley is approached by a woman named Fox (Angelina Jolie) who discloses to that an assassin following him, later identified as Cross, just murdered his father. After both escape from near death after a hair raising gun battle and car chase Fox has with Cross, Fox takes Wesley to the headquarters of a thousand-year old, secretive league of assassins she belongs to known as The Fraternity.
Gibson is invited by the group's leader, Sloan (Morgan Freeman), to join them since he holds a special gift involving heightened sensory perception few people have and is a trait Sloan looks for when recruiting people for his organization.
Sloan simultaneously offers Wesley the opportunity to take revenge upon Cross for his father's death. Gibson initially declines but reconsiders and joins the group soon after having a heated, yet humorous, altercation with his boss.
I will leave it to you to find out if Wesley is able to complete his missions, finds and kills Cross, if he or Fox are destined to live happily ever after and find out why Cross is killing members of The Fraternity.
Like Iron Man and The Dark Knight, Wanted is one of the best movies I have seen so far this year.
Not only is Wanted an intense action flick that takes you on a nail-biting, adrenaline-filled roller coaster ride from near start to finish, it also has libertarian messages underneath its surface.
The Fraternity is a religious-based organization and Wesley is told to take Sloan and the tenets of the organization on faith. During the film Wesley finds out the true intent of Sloan and the reason for The Fraternity's existence.
In the beginning the audience is lead to believe there maybe more than meets the eye with The Fraternity and Sloan's true intent as well as the mystically-oriented weavings that name the group's targets which Sloan gives to Fraternity members to carry out missions.
Wanted points out that not only it is best for people to find and know the truth on their own but it is also a film that defends holding fast to one's principles, celebrates individuality and knowledge while debunking the Platonic notion that only a group of elites can direct society and the absurd, immoral idea held by futilitarians that to one person's rights must be violated for the benefit society or to save others.
Toward the end, Wesley reasserts his individuality and sense of justice thanks, in part, to the empowerment of his training and much of the symbolism I witnessed that had me quietly cheering.
I envy James McAvoy (Wesley Gibson) for being able to kiss Angelina Jolie. If she wasn't married to Brad Pitt and if I wasn't in a relationship I would give my right arm to have that opportunity. Jolie is absolutely alluring and I can't wait to see her play Dagny Taggart when Atlas Shrugged is released in theaters.
The entire cast did a great job with their roles even though Jolie, Freeman, and McAvoy were the ones who acted in the most scenes due to the centrality of their characters and the action was a central and important feature of the film too.
Unfortunately, the amount of movie theaters showing it is shrinking since its popularity is wearing off. If you want to see Wanted before it leaves theaters; I would suggest doing so before new movie releases this Friday.
I regret I did not see this movie until now.
Better late than never.