Wanted

One of the emerging trends in movie marketing is to release clips that show more and more of the film, trailers that reveal more of the plot and promos that are supposed to give us more of a reason to see the other 2/3 of the movie. The only problem, in the minds of purists, is that giving away this much of a movie spoils the whole thing. But for the rest of us, this sort of thing is just a little taste.

That said, 7 full minutes of the upcoming Universal action flick Wanted have been released online through Russian site Film1.nl. The fine folks at Trailer Addict were kind enough to make an embeddable version, which we are happy to share with you below:

Watch a 7-minute clip from Wanted below:

As I have been reporting on this film here on FSR, I have noticed that there seem to be two reactions that it is getting from readers. One is that it looks too fake, too CG-enhanced and a little too unbelievable. The other is that it looks badass. With cautious optimism, I am leaning toward badass. Then again, I am not only basing my decisions about the film on the clips, I have also read the graphic novel by Mark Millar upon which the film is based. And from that experience, I can tell you that the world of Wanted is all about the heightened sense of experience, as it is a world of super-assassins and super-villains, the likes of which you would see squaring off against your favorite super heroes. In that regard, the film may take on a feeling akin to The Matrix films — and we mustn’t forget that these characters exist in a similar world.

With that in mind, saying that it looks too fake or too CG-enhanced is like going to see a Superman movie and coming out saying “that is so unrealistic… No one can really fly.”

I would urge everyone to go out and pickup the Wanted graphic novel, as it is one of the best that I have ever read — and despite the fact that this could be comic blasphemy, I will say that I enjoyed it even more than Watchmen. And that is certainly saying something.

As for the film adaptation, it hits theaters on June 27th. It stars Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Common. It is directed by Timur Bekmambetov. For more bullet-flying badassery, I would recommend checking out the Wanted red band trailer that we posted last week.

 


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