A breathless shootout and car chase follows. Wesley learns that his father was part of a millennium-old army of assassins known as The Fraternity, and he begins his training to fulfill his own bloody destiny, which will include, of course, hunting down the man who killed his father.
McAvoy continues to grow in credibility by leaps and bounds. It was only three years ago that American audiences saw him as Mr. Tumnus in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and each new move has been different and deftly handled, from The Last King of Scotland to Atonement to this, his first action film. Angelina Jolie is without question the most believable action heroine in movies, bringing an unbridled sexuality to every punch, kick, and shooting.
Originally a graphic novel by Mark Millar with artwork by J.G. Jones, Wanted was hailed by the Sunday Times as “The Watchmen for super-villains,” referring to the legendary comic by Alan Moore. There are certainly comic book elements in the film, things that should only exist in the world of animation: an assassin getting a running start so he can jump through a window and cross the street to the roof of another skyscraper, brandishing his weapon all the way; cars performing flips as defensive maneuvers, trains hurtling off the tracks and falling several hundred feet while only the central characters survive.
It’s thrilling stuff, completely not of this Earth but squarely in the world of Timur Bekmambetov, one of the few rising directors whose every move makes necessary anxiously waiting for his next one.