Monday, June 30, 2008

Wanted: A Leisurely Day

It was great to not suffer the "monday blues" - as I began to enjoy my leave today. Had a pure leisurely day - woke up later, went to work out at the gym, had an almost 3 hours lunch with a friend (yes, thank you Italian restaurant again), did some banking and watched a free movie - Wanted, thanks to another friend's complimentary ticket.

Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is a neurotic accounts manager who works in a small cubical filling out billing reports day end and day out. He allows his boss and his girlfriend to walk all over him. To cope with his life, he takes anti-anxiety pills by the bottle full. Wesley has no desire to change his humdrum life, but one day while getting more pills at the drug store, he meets a beautiful woman in black, Fox (Angelina Jolie) who changes his life forever. Fox was sent to protect Wesley from the man who had just "killed his father". Wesley, on the other hand, thought his father had died soon after he was born. The twists and turns gets more entangled.

Wesley changes from this meek nobody into a person with confidence and strength and the ability to change his own destiny. James McAvoy did an outstanding job in playing the roll of Wesley. Angelina Jolie didn't have many lines in the movie, but her presence was more for having an intimidating and dangerous killer with good looks. The visual effects of slowing down the speed of curving bullets and bullets crashing into each other are very well done. The movie is entertaining with lots of action and moves at a fast pace. By the end, you see that Wesley has truly become "The Man".

Be warned though: There are an abundance of profanities and over the top action sequences which are extreme but yet is gripping.

Wesley (in the final line): "What the *#@% have you done lately?"

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