Within the first minutes of this film, I immediately began wondering what on earth the point of this movie was supposed to be.
Was it supposed to be an epic Myth Arc
-building thriller like The Bourne Identity
? No, the plot and every single action scene's choreography were too heavily loaded with Fridge Logic
, lacking even the Scotch Tape
that would've indicated some kind of a failed effort to staunch my Suspension Of Disbelief
's massive hemorrhaging. Was it supposed to be a brainlessly fun “Blow Stuff Up and Kill Dudes” Cliché Storm
like Last Man Standing
? No, the action keeps stopping while we Contemplate Our Navels
. Was it actually trying to make some kind of a point, getting all postmodern and meta like The Matrix
? No, because it sprinkled dumb jokes and visual gags throughout the movie, regardless of what was happening a few seconds ago
. Was it a comedic send-up of action movies, like Naked Gun
, Last Action Hero
, or Hot Fuzz
? No, when the WE ARE BEING FUNNY switch *clunk*s to the “off” position and the characters say something ernest (yet oh so terribly trite
) or an action scene does something horrendously corny
, the film plays it without the slightest trace of irony or winking campiness, expecting the audience to treat it absolutely dead serious
. Was it, then, a completely heartless cash-grab aimed at disaffected boys like Jumper
? In my opinion, no. Its budget was way too high, the cast was too big-name, and the film seemed to be trying way too hard.
Not only does Wanted
skip randomly between delivering mountains of corn with a completely straight face and trying to crack jokes about itself, it mangles both elements through its clumsy handling. This is not an action film, this is not a deconstruction, this is not even a Troperiffic
tour de force of action movies. What is this movie for? So far as I can imagine, maybe it's just a giant prank on everyone who watches it.