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Wanted

Wanted stars Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. It is loosely adapted from the limited graphic novel series, Wanted, and a sequel to the film is apparently in the works.

The film achieves a very similar tone and structure to the graphic novel, however, the film's story greatly differs from that portrayed in the graphic novels. The film features thrilling, intense action scenes and satisfying plot twists; ultimately, I liked the story as portrayed in the film better than I liked the story as portrayed in the novel.

About a thousand years ago a group of weavers formed a secret fraternity of assassins to ensure balance in the world by following the credo "kill one, save a thousand." The weaving on the loom of fate (reminiscent of the Fates of Greek mythology) once interpreted and decoded tells the fraternity the names of those that fate wants dead. Wesley is recruited into this secretive, elite organization to exact vengeance on the rogue assassin who murdered his estranged father, who also happened to be the fraternity's top assassin, in cold blood. First, Wesley must survive training to become the best assassin since his father if he hopes to live beyond his encounter with his father's murderer.

I recommend this film for action thriller enthusiasts as well as graphic novel fans. It is available upon request from Annville Free Library and Richland Community Library.

--Reviewed by Ms. Angie

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