I went to see Wanted on Friday, and even though many of the themes are the same from the MIllar comic, everything else was totally off.  From the “fate” weaving machine, to the magic bullet theory, what was really missing was the “Oh Shnike!” moments that played better in the comic.

Was the movie enjoyable?  As an action flick, yes.  As a comic book adaptation, a big no.  I’ve heard some grumblings that the movie was a real downer, with the bad guys winning in the end.  In a movie filled with moral ambiguity having the lesser evil win, sat just fine with me.

Still, I missed the super villains, and the jumping to other worlds.  Perhaps that would be too fantastical for audiences to grasp and enjoy in a year when the movie theaters are filled with comic book adaptations.

While Wanted did well in its first weekend, bringing in $51.1 million – half of the opening weekend gross of Iron Man, and just slightly behind Incredible Hulk – it fell way behind Disney’s Wall-E, which brought in $62 million.

If fan reaction was tepid this past weekend, I expect Wanted will tumble at least 60% next weekend.  If you want a good action movie with some very very cool action sequences, then Wanted is probably a flick for you.  If you want to see Shithead and Fuckwit and a slew of other super villain cameos, then reread your Wanted trade.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. Josh P.
    June 30, 2008 at 11:29 am — Reply

    I saw it. I enjoyed it.

    I don’t think it would have worked as a straight adaptation of the comics, so I was happy with the thematic throughlines being pretty much the same.

  2. June 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm — Reply

    Maybe it’ll take the route of the Matrix. Start off by showing a sliver of the world that Wanted takes place in, then if they make a sequel, they’ll go full blown world revealed. So is the nature of sequels. Like Hellboy 2.

  3. hermit
    July 1, 2008 at 1:26 am — Reply

    this is a really fun movie, an imperfect one, but a good one nonetheless.

    don’t go in thinking it’s an adaptation from the comic book. they started with the basics of the stories and went from there. there’s maybe the first 15 minutes that are straight from the comic.

    so, go see it, it’s worth it

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