Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, Wanted conveys the story of Wesley Gibson, a cubicle slave that lives a dreary life where his job sucks, his girlfriend is cheating on him and his best friend is the jerk that’s cheating with his girlfriend. This is the setup until the day when hints of his true identity start to emerge and his lineage is eventually traced to an association of assassins known as The Fraternity.

The Fraternity are an elite group of assassins that take the skill to the next level doing things like curving bullets, jumping cars and driving them in impossible ways, as well as being able to shoot the wings off of a fly.

The storyline overall is well written and engaging. The effects and the stars drive the film forward successfully even though there are some times it’s pretty over the top. I didn’t seem to mind, I only marveled at how well it was done but stayed ensconced in what was going on the whole time.

James McAvoy plays the up-and-coming main character with Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie acting as his mentors in addition to the other spies in the organization, which also includes musician Common. Terence Stamp plays the bad guy although you do start to wonder who’s the bad one after all.

McAvoy is put through some brutal training to the point of being beaten to a bloody pulp, which is remedied by the miraculous healing agents that the organization has at hand. Convenient, but again, I didn’t seem to mind, I was just happy to be along for the ride.

There is some nice twists and turns in the storyline and the action is top-notch. A great popcorn flick worth checking out, fun to watch.

reviewed by Sean McKnight