Wanted – Guns, Guns, and more Guns

I very much enjoyed the action-packed (guns filled and quite bloody) Wanted with Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy. The film is so well crafted that you can park your brain (without noticing silly plot points or obvious contradictions) and enjoy the film. Both Angelina and James did a great job under the wonderful direction and creative hands of Russian director Timur Bekmambetov. You can check out the YouTube trailer or the beautiful HD QuickTime trailer.

P.S. In light of the number of guns and bullets flying around and the violent nature of the film, I have to comment on the recent US Supreme Court decision which “... struck down a Washington, D.C., law banning hand guns. It was the first time the Supreme Court has conclusively interpreted the “right to bear arms.” This PBS report has an insightful audio discussion by an expert panel.

I feel so lucky that I live in Canada and my constitution doesn’t have a second amendment and we also have the “not withstanding clause” if need to be to overrule the Supreme court in case of insanity. Now, back to the movie, Wanted with Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy is a simple summer fun movie. For adults only because of the blood and violence, definitely not for kids.

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28 June, 2008 Update: Here is an insightful and candid Q&A with Angelina Jolie by Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly). Try, if you can, to simply see Angelina and Brad as your interesting neighbours, as regular people because before they became famous, they are almost like you and me.

4 Responses to Wanted – Guns, Guns, and more Guns

  1. Daniel says:

    Good to see the creative output of the Hollywood machine continues to scrape the bottom of the barrel for the most mindless muck. If they did something better, I’d be forced to admit there might be a few people with brains over there. http://www.bentpage.wordpress.com.

  2. kempton says:

    Daniel,

    I think it is good to have some mindless fun once in a while. You may want to check out the insightful and candid Q&A with Angelina Jolie by Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly). She made a few good points about the films she made recently.

    Kempton

  3. Daniel says:

    Kempton,

    You make a good point. I can enjoy some mindless fun now and then. Just the same, I would have even more fun if the mindless stuff was interspersed with higher quality material, if for no other reason, to show the contrast. I keep searching. http://www.bentpage.wordpress.com.

  4. kempton says:

    Daniel,

    I think with the current Hollywood business model, it is much less likely to mix mindless stuff in the same movie with high quality material. Just look at “The Last King of Scotland” which James is part of, can you imagine it to be a summer blockbuster and have moments of “mindless fun”? Probably not. :)

    Kempton

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