wanted – blockbuster of the summer

paul, leeya, jim, judy, and i went to go watch wanted last night. jim scored us some free advanced screening tickets and we were able to watch the movie before opening day. since i don’t watch any commercials these days, i have no idea what movies are coming out and what to be excited for, so when i had first heard about the movie, i didn’t know what it was about. we watched it at the amc in saratoga and though i thought it was a small venue and not very many people would show up, there was a long line out the door waiting to get in.

a quick search revealed that this is an action movie about assassins starring angelina jolie. it probably is more accurate to say that james mcavoy stars in this movie, but, you know, she’s the hottie. i think leeya would disagree as she was fawning over james mcavoy to me before the movie started.

folks, i think this is the summer blockbuster. the movie was FANTASTIC. my jaw dropped literally several times throughout the movie. not only are the special effects amazing, the creativity of the stunts were stunning. there was this one stunt (clearly CG, but still amazing) where angelina jolie’s character, Fox, maneuvers a car to seat a passenger. awesome. completely unrealistic, but awesome. in fact, that whole car chase was pretty cool.

yes, the movie requires a huge suspension of disbelief, but once you swallow that pill, hang on for a visually stunning, heart-pounding adventure. i don’t watch very many movies in the theatre, but this is one of those movies that i might consider watching again in the theatre and this could be the first blu-ray movie that i buy.

i hear that the director has some other great special effects movies, so i think i’ll give them a whirl. wanted. i’m calling it now, i think it’s this summer’s blockbuster hit.

as an aside, is it just me or does james mcavoy look a lot like gregory smith (ephram from everwood)?

james mcavoy

gregory smith

6 thoughts on “wanted – blockbuster of the summer”

  1. Nice. I can’t wait to see this and Wall-E on Sun ( It pains me to have to wait until Sun). I am pretty sure I will get this on Blu as well. It has been a pretty good summer in terms of quality blockbuster movies with a largely superhero/comic book theme (Ironman, Hulk, Hancock, Hellboy II, Dark Knight). I’ve been pretty good this year about not buying too many Blus but it looks like this fall/winter I will be stocking up on these films.

  2. better than “iron man”? (which i believe held the previous record for blockbuster of the summer/late spring. :p

  3. I haven’t seen it yet, but I have a feeling this one will get buried by the superhero/comics movies baconandeggs mentioned. My prediction is that Wall-E will be this summer’s big blockbuster. I admit, it doesn’t have sexy stars like Jolie or Macavoy (who does remind me of Smith), but it makes up for it with mass appeal, critical praise (96% on Rotten Tomatoes) and Pixar’s good name behind.

  4. No way…Gregory Smith looks bland and boring whereas James McAvoy has an edgy sex appeal about him.

  5. i don’t know, gregory smith and james mcavoy look the same to me. james mcavoy might be a little scruffier, but it’s the same guy!

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