By Clint Morris
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder â€“ and in the case of bullet-time, wire-work, and slow-mo Kung Fu sequences, itâ€™d be true.
Itâ€™s been a decade since The Wachowski, er, brothers (is that even the case, now that one of them is, well, not as â€˜manlyâ€™ as he used to be?) blew our mind with their visual effectsy-groundbreaker â€œThe Matrixâ€ – and near just as long as weâ€™ve seen one of the many copycat films (â€œCharlieâ€™s Angelsâ€ and so on) that followed it. And thank friggin god â€“ most of us had seen enough slowed-up action sequences to last a century.
There was enough bullet-time in the Keanu Reeves starrer to keep a dozen gun clubs open indefinitely, and enough wire work to put a circus performer out of business. The last thing you wanted to see in the early noughties was yet another actioner featuring slow-mo fight scenes or shooting bullets leisurely heading towards the screen.
The trick had been revealed, the magic had all but gone, and the excitement of seeing something spectacular and new had turned into something stale and well, meh.
Funny then, that those same techniques seen in â€œThe Matrixâ€ films has again been put to use in â€œWantedâ€, a new actioner starring Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman, and they actually do impress. A lot. I donâ€™t know whether theyâ€™re better, or whether theyâ€™re even different effects than weâ€™ve previously seen, but one thingâ€™s for sure, they knock your socks off!
The break did us some good.
There are moments in â€œWantedâ€ that absolutely blow your mind â€“ see cars flip and spin as youâ€™ve never seen before, see men dive out of buildings and soar across rooftops like never before, and see slow-moving bullets soar towards headsâ€¦ and actually be impressed by such a sequence. Again.
The film, based on a series of graphic novels, tells of a weedy desk-jockey (James McAvoy) whose informed by a hot spy (Angelina Jolie) that his father, also a spy, has just been killed. The â€˜Fraternityâ€™, an ageny of assassins run by a sinister Morgan Freeman, train the boy to be a man so he can take down the rogue that killed one of their own. (Nothing is what it seems though â€“ Iâ€™ll just say that).
Thereâ€™s a plot here – – but truth to be told, the power of â€œWantedâ€ is in itâ€™s over-the-top and amazing effects. The performances, the storyline and the direction comes second.. even thirdâ€¦ to the computer-aided stunts.
As a film, â€œWantedâ€ is the fluff that hangs from the fluff thatâ€™s disattached itself from a larger ball of fluff â€“ no brainer is an understatement â€“ but as a demo for what can be accomplished on a top-of-the-range computer, itâ€™s a sensational sales tool.
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.