Wanted: Brace Yourselves For A Wild Ride

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:56 pm,

jolie wanted Wanted: Brace Yourselves For A Wild RideAt the Universal panel, we were treated to an entire scene from the upcoming action film Wanted.

You’d better brace yourselves for this one, folks.

The action in Wanted is going to be ultra-over-the-top. Basically I felt like I was watching a superhero movie, even though it’s actually about an elite group of assassins with no super-powers.

The sequence was not quite complete in regards to music (Danny Elfman is scoring) and visual effects, but it definitely gave us the tone of the film.

The scene that was shown was the one we see in the trailer that starts out at the mini-mart where Jolie introduces herself to James McAvoy’s character. An assassin is there to kill McAvoy and she saves him in an extended gunfight sequence that is very effective at showing her skill and experience.

Unfortunately, McAvoy’s character freaks out (as I’m sure any of us would) and takes off running, which removes him from Jolie’s protection. As he’s about to be run down by the bad guy in a delivery truck (with cute puppy or kitten on the side), she swoops in with a Dodge Viper and does the most amazing “scoop” of a passenger I’ve ever seen.

That was extremely cool. However…

From there I started to get more than a bit annoyed at McAvoy’s character continually screaming, whining, etc. I understand that he is playing the “relatable” character, but damn… don’t be that much of a wuss.

For the record, I found James McAvoy to be extremely polite and charming and polite, so that’s no reflection on him personally.

Jolie in this scene leaves you with your jaw on the floor from the stunts her character is performing, including smashing out the windshield so she can lie on the hood and shoot back at the bad guy while still semi-driving with her foot. There was humor in the scene as McAvoy even in his terror was distracted by the fact that he was able to look up Jolie’s skirt.

All this was great (despite the whining) but the finale of the scene in my opinion took the “curving bullet trajectory” thing we’ve seen in the trailer WAY too far, and then the way they escape is so over the top as to strain even movie-physics credulity.

I’ll be interested to see how audiences react to Wanted, which opens on June 27.

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  1. Looks pretty cool, although the bullet thing was too “Matrixy” for me. IF I want the Matrix, I’ll watch the Matrix. Although, it’s always fun to watch Angelina….

  2. Do they explain how the bullets curve like that?

    I thought from the very first trailer that guy did have some power and that’s why they were trying to protect and then recruit him.

  3. I’m sure they’ll explain it in the movie. But in the scene I saw the bullet REALLY curved, not like the subtle bit in the trailer.


  4. The assagns are super-hero’s duffas !!! Read the comic my friend

    Sure this film is taking this down a different angle but the main focus of these characters is a turf war between two ancient factions

  5. Toni,

    Are they really? Most people (including myself) haven’t read the comics so I hope they make that clear in the movie.

    Do they explain in the comics how they can make bullets curve drastically around objects? And does that mean that the James McAvoy character inherits super-abilities from his father?

    Or are you pulling our collective leg.

    Has anyone else read the source material who can confirm or deny that they are meta-humans?


  6. Based on a Comic?

    Looks like a sequel to “Shoot um Up” to me.

    Personally I wish they wouldn’t have cast Jolie in the film I really can’t stand her…

  7. Just rewatched the trailer and man I’ve seen enough.
    Nice of the film to insult the public by calling us all sheep, unless were cool enough to be assasins and kill people. (Of course bad people).
    Morgan Freeman, wow I’m totally sick of him. I could live a long life completly fine without hearing his pompus ass voice narating another film let alone watching him in one.
    Jolie, wow where do you start. Skinny, plays roles that are “humanitarian” yet every now and then picks up the 9mm and kills people. So unbelievable. Such complete mindless violence. She looks like the recoil of a handgun would break her wrist.
    (Eat some bananas babe).
    Looks like this film has all of that going for it.
    Bullets that curve around objects. Completly laughable.

    Runaway remember that film…
    Maybe its monday and I’m ranting a bit but this looks like smash and grab our money.