Friday, July 04, 2008

Wanted...for excessive plagiarism

Five minutes into "Wanted", I was already comparing it to "The Matrix." That, unfortunately, is the fate to which the movie is consigned: comparison after comparison to its predecessors.

Don't get me wrong: "Wanted" is fun and entertaining with its stylish violence, so frenetic and kinetic that you really have no choice but to, as they say, switch your brain off. (Warning: some spoilers ahead.)

Ah, but what comparisons can we make? What immediately comes to mind:

  • "The Matrix", as has already been said, with its ordinary joe-turned-superhuman assassin storyline

  • "Shoot 'Em Up", for its ridiculous over-the-top violence

  • "Tomb Raider" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", for its Angelina Jolie

  • "The DaVinci Code" for its secret society

  • "Minority Report" for its crucial plot

  • "Empire Strikes Back" for its plot twist (don't know about you, but I saw it coming from a mile away)

  • "Fight Club" for its unbearable moralizing

    Possibly the only innovation "Wanted" really brings is the "curving bullet" schtick, and even that is overdone to absurdity in Fox's last killing shot. Compared to that, Lito Lapid's "split-bullet" technique is more believable.

    Hmmm...I'd like to see that on Mythbusters.