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Movie Review: Wanted

It's been done a hundred times, give Angelina Jolie a tight outfit and some automatic weapons, and have her go blow some shit up.

While Wanted is definitely a formula movie, it's a formula that is still lots of fun. Angelina Jolie is still sexy in a very raw way, especially when she plays a bad ass.

Morgan Freeman stars as the mastermind of an assassins' crew who kill in the name of justice. Again, not exactly an unfamiliar role for him. But again, we like him.

The unlike the action hero however is James McAvoy. Kristie says "I love him", but frankly I had never heard of him. Recently he starred in two chick flicks, "Becoming Jane" about the early life of Jane Austen, and "Atonement", a period piece from World War II France. Surprised I never heard of him?! You shouldn't be. He did play the Faun in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. While more people saw him there, it still isn't a role that reeks of "Assassin".

If you like movies heavy on character and light on violence, I guess you should rent Becoming Jane.

If, however, you prefer gratuitous violence, excessive use of the F-word and a couple of sexy shots of Angelina Jolie and her tattoos, this movie is great fun. Generally speaking I am not into the last action hero genre, but this was a really enjoyable movie. The special effects were amazing. The action sequences were very original, albeit bordering on ridiculous.

If this wasn't an action movie, it would have been a great comedy. The action is so over the top, it's almost a parody of itself. James McAvoy's character is quick and funny, without being cliché. They didn't dump a bunch of one-liners on Angelina or Morgan, thank goodness.

This movie won't change your life, but if you don't mind the violence, it's a fun two hours. It's definitely worth seeing on the big screen because of the action sequences and special effects.


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