Wanted The Movie
This film is loosely based on the graphic novel of the same name. Actually, the only relation between the two is the name and that they concern villains. The graphic novel analyzes super villains through their point of view, and in a world where they have killed all the super heroes. The movie concerns a fraternity of assassins that keeps balance in the world through kill orders from fate and destiny. Fate, is not a person, but a magical loom, which is a machine that sews cloth. Sloan (Morgan Freeman), the head of The Fraternity, exams the cloth for overlapping strands. This creates a binary code used to decipher letters, and thus names of targets. That is correct. Fate communicates with The Fraternity through cloth. Cloth decides who should be killed. Clearly, these people are villains, and the movie depicts them as such... well... kind of... sort of... not really.
Wanted is actually more closely related to the themes of The Matrix and Fight Club . The movie begins with Wesley (James McAvoy) trudging through a meaningless existence as an account manager, though his previous title was service accountant, but some PR firm said they should manage not service their clients. Wesley has a girlfriend, who hates him, and a friend, who is banging Wesley's girlfriend, but thinks Wesley is the man. Wesley loathes his life and his self, but does absolutely nothing about it. That is until Fox (Angelina Jolie) comes around and says that his father was the greatest Fraternity assassins acting on the orders of fate, correction cloth. While visiting The Fraternity, Sloan says that Wesley's destiny is to be the next great assassin and kill his father's murderer, Cross (Thomas Krestchmann). So far, so good, well, meaning that the story is so far consistent. The message is not so great thus far because it is emphasizing fate and ancestry. These are the essential enemies of liberty. Fate - some supernatural force is controlling one's life. Ancestry - one is to be like his father. Why even wake up in the morning? Everything is already decided. One has no choice, he may not pursue his own happiness, and since happiness is the purpose to life, why even live? However, these people are the villains... kind of... sort of... not really.
Sloan convinces Wesley to join The Fraternity, which he should not really have to do because it is Wesley's destiny. Sloan also says things like, "Seize your destiny," which also does not make sense because destiny seizes people, not the other way around. Eventually, Wesley discovers that Cross is actually his father, not the guy Cross killed. He also discovers that The Fraternity wanted Wesley to join because Wesley was the only one Cross would not kill because Wesley is Cross's son. Therefore, Wesley could get close enough to Cross to kill him. Unfortunately, well maybe not, Wesley kills Cross and only discovers he is Cross's son when Cross tells him as he is dying. Wesley then goes into a brief period of hiding because Fox is sent to kill him, essentially to tie up loose ends. While in hiding, Wesley learns that Sloan has been manufacturing kill orders because the magical cloth said that Sloan had to be killed. Sloan certainly did not want to die, so he just started making up stuff. That's right, Sloan started making up kill orders because he did not like the kill orders from the cloth. Consequently, Cross found out and waged war against The Fraternity to up hold The Fraternity's code.
So now it is a little confusing who the good guys and bad guys are. The movie has classified Sloan and The Fraternity as villains. These are the people who are just killing who ever they want to kill. They are no longer taking orders from cloth. Alright, fair enough, that is pretty evil to go around killing innocent men. However, the movie has identified Cross as the hero. He is the man who wants to keep taking orders from the cloth, meaning fate. The hero, therefore, is someone waging war against liberty and free will. He is a hit man for the tyrant fate. That is pretty villainous, but not according to the film because Cross is upholding a code. A code should only be upheld if it is virtuous. Upholding vicious codes is obviously vicious because it demands that vicious actions be committed. Cross falls into the latter category.
Obviously, Wesley chooses his father's side. Ancestry is one reason - he has no free will. Also, the film thinks upholding a code destroying free will is absolutely solid. Subsequently, Wesley begins waging war against The Fraternity. In a final shootout Wesley reveals Sloan's scheme to The Fraternity. In turn, Sloan reveals that the cloth of fate ordered everyone in The Fraternity to be killed. Sloan then offers two options - kill Wesley and allow The Fraternity to kill who they want and control the world - or - uphold The Fraternity's code and commit suicide. I propose a third option, how about everyone just walk away and live their own lives. Of course, no one chose that. Instead, one man says, "Fuck the code," and is about to shoot Wesley when Fox pulls an awesome stunt by firing a bullet in a curving motion so it kills everyone in the room including herself and excluding Wesley. The moral of the story, when fate orders from his throne for you to die, submit and kill yourself. Bravo, life is not worth living because a supernatural power, correction cloth, can decide when you should die.
Unfortunately for Wesley, Sloan escapes, but he kills him at the end of the movie as he recites a montage about how he is controlling his life. Wait? What? The whole movie was just about submitting to fate, and now Wesley is going on about how people need to control their lives. Is he controlling his life by submitting to fate? That makes no sense. So, then what is the theme of this movies? Absolutely no idea. Convoluted, incomprehensible, nonsense.
Another sour point of this film was that it was schizophrenic, which is also a problem with the next film. It has some very funny moments, placed immediately next to serious moments. I entered the film thinking it would be a serious action film, then a quarter way through I thought it was a comedy spoofing comic book action films, then it got serious again and the convoluted plot developed and I was all confused. I still am confused.
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