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grade: F

"Wanted" centers around nebbish Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy, "Atonement," "Becoming Jane"), an accountant who's closed in by his cubicle walls, beat down by his insecurities and castrated by his timidity, boss and girlfriend, who, when not berating the depressive loser, is having kitchen-counter sex with his best friend and co-worker.

This all changes one day at the pharmacy when Wesley is approached by Fox (Angelina Jolie), a gun-toting rough chick who informs the dork that he actually has the blood of a killer coursing through his veins and schools him on a little family history.

"Wanted" is a disaster from beginning to end. The action is so beyond real, it's absurd, and the plot so far-fetched, it's laughable, but no real attempt is even made to address the corniness with humor. The assassins hopscotch across buildings and trains, and coax bullets into flying in circles. "Wanted" is casually hyperviolent, which is equal parts socially scary and cinematically stupid, with walls and floors in nearly every scene being painted some dull version of "brain." R

"? Joe Wertz



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