This is me, taking back control of my life. What the fuck have you done lately?
Thats my favourite quote in the movie Wanted.
Ever seen it? With Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy? That movie based on the graphic novel? I've seen it numerous times, and it gets better every time I watch it.
No, this is not a review, but I'm sure no matter how hard I try there'll be some spoilers, so if that bothers you, dont read any further. But thanks for the click anyway :P
Tom Long from the detroit news had this to say:
"Wanted may be the most aboslutely stone bonkers, crazy-good movie of the century. Or it may be a gargantuan piece of trash. Chances are its a combination of the two. But man, does it rock. The level of invention and energy in this movie makes your typical Hollywood blockbuster action flick look like little girls in pink dresses petting fuzzy bunnies in slow motion... Wanted takes a leap of faith - actually, it takes about 10 leaps - and it certainly isn't for everyone. It's bloody, far-fethed, loud, leering and half mad. But if you're into hardcore action, it doesn't get any better than this."
My thoughts exactly, Mr. Long.
So it goes like this....
Wesley is a 24 year old guy who works in a dead-end cubicle job, who takes meds for panic attacts and who's girlfriend cheats on him with his best friend. A very sad case. He is tracked down by Fox (Jolie) and told that his father was an international assassin, one of the best, and they need wesley to track down his father's killer. (There is, of course, a twist, I'll refrain from spoiling it. lol)
After his brief interview with the fraternity of assassins, he returns to his job, not really knowing what to do. Till he finally snaps, tells his boss off in such a pleasing fashion, and on his way out hits his so called best friend in the face with a keyboard, and the letters of the keyboard spell "fuck you" as they fly through the air.
He then returns to the fraternity to receive all sorts of training; hand combat, guns, knife and getting rid of a life time of bad habits. So he really settles into his new life as an assassin, till he discovered that the fraternity twisted facts about his father, lying to him so he could merely be a means to an end for them. He decides to take out the big mean bad guy (Freeman) and sommer all the corrupt members while he's at it. Fox (Jolie) curves the bullet in such a way that she kills all the fraternity members, including herself, but Sloan escapes.
This is how wiki describes the what follows next:
Wesley, penniless once again, does not know what to do with himself. While he provides a voice-over, the audience sees Wesley at a computer in an office, searching the internet for his own name, much as he did at the beginning of the film. ("Six weeks ago I was ordinary and pathetic just like you. Who am I now? Account manager? Assassin? Just another tool who was mind-fucked into killing his father? I am all of these. I am none of these. Who am I now? This is not me following my destiny. This is not me following in my father's footsteps.") Sloan appears from nowhere and points a gun at back of his enemy's head. At that moment, the man turns around and is revealed to be a decoy. ("This is definitely not me saving the world. ... This is not me. This is just a mother-fucking decoy. This is me taking control — from Sloan, from the Fraternity, from Janice, from billing reports, from ergonomic keyboards, from cheating girlfriends and sack-of-shit best-friends") Sloan is then killed by Wesley using a long-distance untraceable bullet, exactly in the manner that Cross killed Mr. X in the prologue. Similar to the comic, the film ends as Wesley turns to the camera and breaks the fourth wall, saying, "This is me taking back control of my life. What the fuck have you done lately?"
And thats the movie (in a nutshell) but there's so much more to it than merely hardcore action, blood, guts and guys who like killing people. The main attraction for me is taking back control of your life when you're living a lie. I'm pretty sure though that I'm not heir to a line of assassins, but the concept is pretty universal.
Usually we turn out to be our own worst enemies. We can't shift the blame to those who walk over us, because we allow them to do so in the first place. (when I say "we", what I really mean is "I" lol)
We are everything that everybody else wants us to be but nothing of what we truly are. I guess in the simplest form "taking back control of your life" would include being true to yourself. Growing a pair and facing up to the changes you'll have to make in order to be YOU.
Small things. You don't have to tell your boss to go bad F-word herself or start training intensely how to flick bullets off with a knife blade (although that would be cool, I could so be a Jolie type assassin in a next life.)
I could make the necessasry changes.
I could [quote] be the (wo)man. [/unquote]
I could be ME.
So, what have you done lately?
I'm not suffering from insanity, I'm enjoying every seconde of it...
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