See Wanted, Enjoy the Ride

Film is a wild ride without much substance
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 27, 2008 11:18 AM CDT
In this image released by Universal Pictures, Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy, left, are shown in a scene from the film, "Wanted."    (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Jaap Buitendijk)
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(Newser) – If you're heading out to see the new Angelina Jolie flick Wanted, critics have some advice: Lighten up and enjoy it. "It’s trash, but I love it anyway,” writes Peter Travers in Rolling Stone. The story of a “nobody” office worker who winds up “a tight, muscled killing machine” in a team of assassins, the film’s got “passion as well as pow” without “a scintilla of redeeming social value,” Travers notes.

Sam Adams agrees in the Los Angeles Times.Wanted presents you with a choice. You can let yourself be carried off at breakneck speed, or you can grumble about the laws of physics and start checking your watch.” It’s “silly stuff, but you have to admire the demon joy with which it’s all done,” writes Kyle Smith in the New York Post.