‘Wanted’ dead or alive

Melissa Treolo

Based on a Mark Millar comic book, the film “Wanted” gives us the piercing blue eyes of James McAvoy and the beautiful Angelina Jolie looking like she was born to hold a gun. It also gives us contrived dialogue and takes us where some have never wanted to go: into the world of fraternities. Though this fraternity is a bit on the unconventional side as it allows for women membership, is sponsored by a textile mill instead of a college and is made up of assassins instead of students.

New inductee Wesley Gibson (McAvoy) has spent his most recent years working as an accounts manager. Though instead of doing actual work, Gibson mostly does a lot of Googling (of himself) and reflecting on how he has come to be such an “insignificant asshole.” His boss and cheating girlfriend would agree with this assessment, as anyone might upon meeting Gibson. He is sort of small and insignificant, but doesn’t have any active plans to do anything about it beyond filling up his days with routine thoughts of self-pity.

That is until Gibson meets Fox (Jolie) who, within 10 minutes screen time, tells him his father was an assassin, saves him from an assassin’s bullet and then promptly takes him to meet her fraternity brothers. Sloan (Morgan Freeman), the fraternity president, invites him to join this brotherhood of assassins, who aren’t as bloodthirsty as they may sound on paper. As Fox later breaks it down to Gibson, “Kill one, maybe save a thousand.” After a few misgivings, and a very fitting “I quit!” scene between him and his boss, Gibson is in.

Thankfully the rest of the film’s convoluted plotline is somewhat saved by action sequences that are hard to not be taken in by. “Wanted” pulls audience members in by stunning them, through the use of highly digitalized special effects and incredibly intense action-driven scenarios, into submission. The film jumps from one impressive action sequence to the next. But a word to the film industry: We get it. You can do anything nowadays with high-tech computers and editing equipment. But couldn’t we get a solid storyline with believable dialogue to go along with it?