Thursday, 4 December 2014

Wanted: Dead or Alive, Preferably Dead


I've been watching a lot of action movies lately. I just finished class on action movies and I'm currently preparing for the exam so it kinda makes sense. That and with the usual mental that comes during and immediately after the exam period I needed a few lighter movies. Naturally I spent some time combing Netflix and I found the movie Wanted. It seemed to be just what I was looking for: some great action, a strong female lead played by Angelina Jolie, plenty of tension and suspense. Yet for some reason I got about an hour in and just didn't feel like I could finish it.

I'm not even completely sure why. It seemed to be kinda fun up to the point I stopped. Angelina Jolie was definitely getting her share of action scenes so I can't complain about her. Morgan Freeman was there too, so where could it have gone wrong? I had wondered if maybe I'd just been watching too many action movies or if it was some kind of taste issue. Maybe the action was just a bit too stylized for my liking (even by action movie standards, some of this gets pretty weird). Thinking about it at length afterward, it started to dawn on me that this was a pretty silly movie.

Let's look at the plot: a man discovers he can somehow speed up his heart allowing him to perceive things in slow motion and gets pulled into a secret organization of assassins. Said group of assassins for some reason constantly insists on being called a fraternity, even though the presence of Fox (Angelina Jolie's character) clearly shows that it isn't one. This so-called "fraternity" of assassins gets their assignments not from contracts or anything like that. These people literally get the names of people they have to kill from a loom. I'm not making this up, this is an entire secret society of assassins with a loom that apparently has an infinite supply of thread and gives people's names in binary code.


Yeah, this was getting pretty weird. Maybe it was for the better that I stopped watching it. If anything, this sounds like it should be the plot to a comedy. Had they done that perhaps it might have worked. It could have been played for laughs that these guys have a loom that tells them who to kill or that they don't seem to have a dictionary on hand so they can't look up the meaning of the word "fraternity". But no, this is played completely straight. We're actually supposed to take this seriously it seems. Action movies are usually supposed to be fun but this is going a little bit too far.

Thinking about it afterwards, it suddenly seems to make sense. The reason I couldn't take this movie was because it was just far too ridiculous. The stunts were completely insane (bullet bending? really? Even if the Mythbusters hadn't thoroughly debunked it I probably wouldn't buy that), and the story was just off the wall and crazy. This might have worked if it were played for laughs, but since they seem to insist on making such a bizarre and insane idea and play it completely straight, I can't say it works. Even Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie don't seem to have what it takes to save this film.


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  1. It's definitely an entertaining movie, but the ultimate silliness is saved till the end. So, be grateful you cut it short :)

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    1. The real silliness, huh? Wow, if things really get even more insane than what I saw than perhaps it wasn't such a bad thing that stopped early.

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  2. Ha. I didn't mind this one, but yeah it's very, VERY ridiculous.

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    1. Yes, and if what people are telling me is anything to go on apparently the stuff I've seen so far is among the SANER parts of the movie. I can't begin to imagine how much weirder it gets.

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  3. My hubby and I actually own this flick-hahahaaaaa. I can't recall why but we have it. I have a feeling we got it as a gift cos i would never have bought it. I watched the entire film and thought it a fun action flick. I laughed when Jolie stepped out of the "bath" (resurrects you) and she has a back nude shot. I thought-"her butt does not look that good". I found out later they did do a body double. Aside from the butt, I started thinking about this film and the more I thought the more I giggled. I almost wondered if Woody Allen did a Tiger Lily spoof. It is so unreal, far fetched and , yes, downright silly! The ending just makes one go...really? I would think you should at least go the last part and watch it and have a laugh. I wonder how many millions Jolie and Freeman made making this flick

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    1. There's even a few things I forgot to mention in the article, but at some point I might just have to check out that ending just to see how much sillier this movie can possibly get.

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  4. I just thought this movie was terrible. I couldn't get past some of the ridiculousness of the film. It was just so over the top. David O'Hara is always fantastic in everything he's in, but he was only in a few scenes.

    Is your voyage to the stars blogathon still ongoing? I have finals next week (grad school) so I will participate shortly thereafter!

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    1. Of course it is. I might have two other blogathons going on now but the Voyage to the Stars doesn't end until New Years. I'll look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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  5. No arguments from me on this one. It was just entirely too ridiculous a movie.

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    1. To be honest, I still find it a wonder it took me stopping the movie to realize how insane it was.

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