Director: Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Day Watch)
Writer: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Chris Morgan
Comic book: Mark Millar, J.G. Jones
Producers: Jim Lemley, Jason Netter, Marc E. Platt, Iain Smith
Starring: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann
MPAA Rating: R
Running time: approx. 118 min
Last year Timur Bekmambetov surprised the hell out of me by entering my top ten list of the year with his sequel to Night Watch, entitled Day Watch. It’s so refreshing to walk out of a theater in the heat of the summer blockbuster season having just seen a CGI-rich, comic book-esque film and think about how great it was and how hard it is to resist the impulse to yell from the top of the highest building that “this is the SFX blockbuster movie you should be paying to see this summer!” As it turns out, Day Watch was no fluke for director Bekmambetov. I’m thrilled to climb to the top of this cyber-building and scream out, “this is the SFX blockbuster movie you should be paying to see this summer!”
As part of his dreary, daily life existence, Wesley Gibson wakes up to a nagging girlfriend, an empty bank account and a work life very reminiscent of Peter Gibbons in Office Space. Until one day a mysterious sexy vixen named Fox let’s him in on the secret that he’s actually the target of a super-assassin and that Wesley too has the potential to become a super-super-assassin and join an elite “fraternity” – like his father. Reluctantly Wesley decides to take Fox up on her offer and through a series of action packed sequences learns their extraordinary (or super-natural for lack of a better term) ways of combat at a secret facility in the middle of somewhere, led by Sloan (Morgan Freeman). To go further would be coming close to spoiler territory. But the fact that there even is a spoiler territory in a “summer blockbuster” movie is a good, nay extraordinary, thing.
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