24/09 Blu-Ray Watches: Been a while since I've seen this:
- Wanted enjoyably hyper-stylises its action but is plagued with an infestation of underdeveloped plot points. Stylisation can be used to enhance many aspects of a film. The cinematography, sound design or even acting. In this case, it is "balls-to-the-walls" action that enables cars to flip, land on the side of a bus and dismount gracefully. So suspend your disbelief, and enjoy the brisk ride. An office worker, who essentially hates his life, discovers that he is the son of a professional assassin from a group known as the "Fraternity". This secret society train him (vigorously might I add) in an attempt to better his father. Based on the comic book miniseries that rarely anyone read, this is not a bad adaptation. The world of assassination is riddled in lore and fateful findings however these are quickly illustrated through Freeman's mesmerising monologues that release a sense of world building. There's much to learn about weaving, looms and bending bullets, and the 110 minute runtime speeds along faster than a bomb strapped to a rat. Every action sequence is stylised. From the effects of adrenaline to the shooting the wings of flies in slow motion. It consistently appears to be exciting, despite the occasional poor visual effects. Jolie is stunning, Freeman is captivating and McAvoy adores screaming and shouting in his tenuous American accent. The problem is with its structure. It is so fast paced that several aspects of the plot are not developed at all, with a few underwhelming twists. So much is spent on the training montage (nearly 25 minutes) that the actual plot feels like an afterthought. Then the final five minutes occur, supposedly hilarious harking back to a previous scene, and ends on a fourth wall break. The only thing that broke was my spine from all the potential this film squandered! Yet, it remains enjoyable nonetheless. Rapid, ridiculously crazy and with plenty of blood, especially from a keyboard smash. I can't think of another film that has assassins block bullets by shooting another bullet. Bullet blocking. "Bullocking". Actually, maybe not that last one...
Wanted = 6/10
Picked this up at Dollar Tree when I was on the hunt for 'The King of Comedy' BluRay (which I haven't gotten yet😞). I picked it up since the cover had a sheriff on it and also because of Patrick Wilson (who I consider to be a great actor). So I read the premise and it seemed interesting!
After watching it, I have to say that I enjoyed it! The film had a good pace and relatively went by quick to get to the action and suspense (the film is about 90 minutes long). It has some gore in it (people getting shot, getting body parts chopped off, etc.). I felt that it had a mixture of different genres (e.g., drama, western, horror, thriller, suspense, and noir), that in my opinion made this movie great and the overall story was interesting as well. Additionally, it gave off some 'Sicario' and 'No Country For Old Men' vibes! So if you like either of these aforementioned films, or any kind of westerns or films like them, or thrillers, then this is something that YOU might be interested in! Check it out!👍📀📽🏜🚔
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Not only does Dollface want to know if Tamara is home, she also wants to know if you have bought the Blu-ray since its release in June. If you haven't, why not?