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Wanted

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For this movie, I really don’t know where to start. I’ve just seen it and I have to admit that I’m simply dazzled. Wanted is the kind of movie that simply blows your mind away, and, if you ask me, it’s going to be one of this summer’s blockbusters. So, let’s take this movie piece by piece.

The plot is intricate, and the characters develop throughout the movie. Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is an accounts manager who works all day long in a cubical, has no self respect, whose girlfriend cheats on him, in other words, a man who doesn’t have a life. One day, Fox (Angelina Jolie) changes his life, telling him that his father was an assassin who was murdered, and that now he has to avenge his father. Wesley is trained and becomes a professional assassin, but he later finds out that he was actually tricked into killing his own father. The man behind this is the Fraternity’s leader, Sloan (Morgan Freeman). Finally, Wesley will take his revenge on Sloan.

Now, let’s analyze the pro’s and con’s. The pro’s: the action is absolutely great and keeps you glued to your seat, and your heart races to see the next scene. The special effects are absolutely awesome, and the stunts which are pulled are absolutely mind blowing. James McAvoy’s performance is absolutely great, he evolves from an ordinary man to a professional assassin right under the viewer’s eyes. The storyline is intriguing and I have to say that I didn’t get the chance to get bored, which happens with lots of the movies which are made nowadays.

The con’s: well, uhm…. this is kind of difficult. I can say that the characters of Sloan (Morgan Freeman) and Fox (Angelina Jolie) were a bit underdeveloped, but that’s understandable because otherwise the movie would have lasted too long. Concerning the special effects, I have to admit that certain things to be way out there and impossible, but to my mind they just give spice to the movie and make it amazing.

To conclude, if you like action movies, with special effects, great fighting scenes and lots of adrenaline, then Wanted is the movie for you. As far as I’m concerned, this movie just made my day.

My rating: 10/10

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Hancock

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Hancock is said to be this summer’s blockbuster. Starring Will Smith and Charlize Theron, this superhero action movie is definetly quite different from others in the same genre. Even though I think it’s an overall good movie, I still feel that it could have delivered much more. So, let’s detail a bit on this.

The plot is quite simple. Hancock (Will Smith) is not a “normal” superhero as you might call him, because he has a drinking problem, he doesn’t seem to care about anyone else, and is consumed by the fact that he is the only one of his kind. One day Hancock saves Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), who is a Public Relations executive and who is going to change Hancock’s life. Soon after, Hancock will discover that he is not the only one of his kind, as Mary (Charlize Theron), Ray’s wife, has the same powers as him.

First of all, the pro’s: I think that the first part of the movie was absolutely hilarious, and the accent was put more on the comedy side. At certain scenes I almost laughed my heart out, and this is a big plus for the movie. The fighting scenes were also good, even though there were quite little throughout the movie. Hancock’s character was quite well developed, especially when his story is told in the second part of the movie.

The con’s: I have to say that I expected more from this movie. First of all, the fact that there was no actual villain kind of pulled the movie back a little. It was just Hancock and hist story, and nothing more to keep up the suspense. Then, I noticed a shift towards a drama in the second part of the movie, where Hancock’s story is developed, when he finds out that Mary has the same abilities as him. To my mind, this shift from action and comedy towards drama was quite abrupt, and if you aren’t prepared for it, you might get bored during the second part. Overall, a few more action scenes, fights and some more special effects would have improved the movie.

To sum up, I think that Hancock is a good movie, but there are certain improvements in key areas which could have been made.

My rating: 8/10

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