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Watched it today. Really enjoy it.

Sure could have been better in areas, but i really didnt have any big issues with it. Loved the

twist

near the end.

The action wasnt as mental as I had been let to believe (i also thought it would have been a 15 really?) but i enjoyed the story and most stuff.

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Maybe it's because I have no interest in the comic, but I thought this was one of the most godawful films I've watched in a long time. Once I'd mapped out the plot in my head after the opening first few minutes, all that was left to do was listen to James McAvoy's absurd accent and try to decide whether I disliked it more than the happening.

Given the choice, I think I'd rather sit through the happening again.

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I though it was OK. The big sequences worked really well, the train bit especially but the plot let it down. I know it’s a popcorn, action flick but that’s no excuse for the whole ‘Magical Loom of Faith’ gibberish. And the rats were a bit lame. The sequel, if it’s made, could be great.

Speed Racer is still king of the summer for me (until Batman and Hellboy come out, obviously).

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Rubbish. I mean, the acting and the plot were rubbish. Some of the setpieces were gratuitously good fun though which made it an enjoyable enough experience: there's nothing wrong with a bit of the old ultraviolence, and there were some nice kinetic action sequences in this.

Risking some mockery here, though, I do have to say I found some of the underlying tone a little unpleasant. There was something about the character's 'achieving his potential' that seemed essentially about relishing in his ability to kick the shit out of / kill people against whom he held a grudge. Obviously, it's a juvenile film, and that's ok: but despite the 18 cert I just got the impression that it sought to goad young people into thinking themselves failures if they didn't violently lash out at those who hurt them.

Sure, it was 'just a popcorn flick' and was idiotic enough, but I'll contrast that (I hope) with the new Batman movie, which seems to at least play around with these notions of heroic lonerness / use of force to achieve goals without being just completely sociopathic. Or at least played with that sociopathy a bit. Or, well, anything, really, instead of just worshipping it. I'm thinking it's no surprise this has done so well in the States, and I think it's a bit depressing, to be honest.

So, I enjoyed it, but plot and general silliness aside, I wish it had a bit less of the glamourised contempt for human beings other than the lone, juvenile self-pitying male self (and the bird with the pneumatic tits and big guns) in it. Oh, and a lot more wit. I still enjoyed it though!

G'wan then, mock away. :wacko:

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I enjoyed it, but

the twist wasn't really. It was practically explicitly stated at the start

Unlike some here, I loved the

rat bombs

I think Wrongcock is right about it being rushed too. There is some stuff that should probably have been expanded.

So they went to all that trouble to teach him to use knives and he did nothing with it. Even when he fought the knife mentor at the end, he still used guns. Where was the big knife fight he was being prepared for?

Am I weird for accepting all the weird bullet bending and stuff, but being distracted by

the Lada that can go faster than a speeding train?

It was rated 16 rather than 18 here, BTW. Although the UK doesn't have that rating.

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Just saw it. Pretty much the same opinion as the majority of you. Fucking loved the action, but the plot and dialogue was dross, although the twist took me by suprise.

Didn't think the rat bombs were random,; they were hinted at loads of times in the film. But then, so was the promise of a decent knife fight.

If you take it for what it is, a montage of bullet-time porn, it's a spectacular film.

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So many "Well that's ridiculous" moments in this film. I think the first was the chase with Cross in the van - how the hell does it keep up with the sports car that Jolie is driving? I usually ignore these thoughts as they are generally pointless when applied to action films, but Wanted just went too far. The bit with the car jump/assasination was the turning point for me, I just wanted to stand up and shout "oh come on!"

One bit I thought was brilliant was when he

shot the dude in the eye and then followed through with the gun barrel, jamming it right into his head, then proceeded to walk along shooting people through the now-dead guy's head. I LOLed at that.

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Yeah that was brutal, poor Danny from Hustle/that nervy soldier from Band of Brothers.

As for the over-the-top stuff, hwo do you pick out a few car stunts and ignore a man jumping between two far-apart buildings? It's based on a comic book and so ridiculous stuff is par. Also the bits involving moving vehicles were some of the best parts of the film.

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Something I didn't quite get was

why Wesley's real dad was shooting at him before the car park scene? In the other instances, it's shown he was actually aiming for The Fox, and it could be argued he was also doing that when shooting on the train but when Wesley was alone on the junked sofa?

In the end of that scene, he shoots him in the arm. And the bullet is a deliberate ("it's the only bullet he's ever used that's traceable") clue to set him off to meet General Zod. And I'm not convinced he shoots Wesley prior to that. Wesley sees him, hides, shoots and chases him, doesn't he?

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Just watched this and it was fucking ace. Complete gun porn.

I just have this incredibly happy, clean feeling that you can only get by watching countless slomo-laden gunfight.

I think I'm going to spend my weekend shooting people in the next town from my bedroom window.

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Didn't think the rat bombs were random,; they were hinted at loads of times in the film. But then, so was the promise of a decent knife fight.

If you take it for what it is, a montage of bullet-time porn, it's a spectacular film.

To the bit in spoilers.......although it was hinted it, i just mean like. It was a bit OTT. I know the whole film is. but really it just. just, NO. It just didn't sit right for me. But i totally agree. For what it is, it's spectacular. I actually watched it for the 3rd time tonight.

1. Press Screening

2. Group of mates

3. I have no excuse

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Well, I loved it. I was going to come in here and say it was 'completely OTT, breathless, comic-book shite', but I just noticed the title. Didn't realise it was a comic book adaptation, so I guess you get what you're given. I thought I'd been dragged along to two hours of dreadful rubbish at the start (I'd assumed that first action scene was just a daydream, but then it just carried on as normal...), but then it becomes apparent that it never intended to take it's self seriously. Loads of people in the cinema laughed at the whole

"I am your father"

bollocks, but the funniest bit for me was the five-second explanation, which frankly might be one of the best lines I've ever heard in a film:

"1000 years ago, a group of weavers discovered a magical code in the fabric"

:unsure:

You have to admire a film with the balls to put something like that in.

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Hey! I loved the

loom of fate

. Neat mix of grandeur and silliness I thought.

Anyone read the comic? Mate lent it me last weekend. Personally, I thought it was a really self-indulgent, mean-spirited mess but there you go. Absolutely rubbish ending, and the 'shocking' final two pages just didn't deliver - I guess I prefer my drama to come from emotional attachment... The movie is much much better...

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Anyone read the comic? Mate lent it me last weekend. Personally, I thought it was a really self-indulgent, mean-spirited mess but there you go. Absolutely rubbish ending, and the 'shocking' final two pages just didn't deliver

Yep, it's awful. The only thing I liked about the graphic novel was that everyone looked like celebs (Eminem etc.) and was supposed to be a subtle hint that we'll take anything we see as morally justifiable as long as it has a pretty face 'selling' it to us (the only thing in the comic that worked, IMO)

Was any reference made to this in the film, e.g. "Say, you sure like like Angelina Jolie!"

?

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In the end of that scene, he shoots him in the arm. And the bullet is a deliberate ("it's the only bullet he's ever used that's traceable") clue to set him off to meet General Zod. And I'm not convinced he shoots Wesley prior to that. Wesley sees him, hides, shoots and chases him, doesn't he?

Ah, right you are. Makes much more sense for it to have been deliberate.

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