The Assassin’s Life

Last week, my buddies and I got together for a cinematic get-together with Hancock as our supposedly main course. However, another flick was being shown in the opposite theater. We found the trailer inviting and so, after some discussion, we decided to watch Wanted instead.

Angelina Jolie as Fox
Angelina Jolie as Fox

Wanted tells the story of the chain of events that lead accountant manager Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) to join a centuries-old band of assassins called “The Fraternity” who maintain world balance by simply doing what they do best: killing persons. In the band, Wesley encounters Fox (Angelina Jolie) who serves as his training supervisor and partner in their operations. Everything goes out smoothly, until his fated face-off with Cross (Thomas Kretchmann) who killed his father. But in their ensuing battle (which takes place inside a train), a plot twist occurs that changes what the audience was thought to believe.

Overall, the movie was a great cinematic action ride filled with screen close-ups that only modern film-making technology could bring. This action flick came up with some fresh effects for the main weapon (guns/bullets) that appeal to the viewer: firing a bullet that could make a curve mid-trajectory (if you saw the trailer, it by-passed Jolie), the bullets slamming against each other (both in straight and curved paths), and a single bullet capable of killing a group of people in a circular formation.

What I find interesting in this film is how The Fraternity choose their targets. You see, their headquarters is in a textile factory where they work as textile laborers by day and assassins by night. In the heart of their headquarters is a weaving machine from which a continuous cloth is formed. Within it are binary codes, formed from the overlapping and inconsistencies of stitches made by the machine. From this binary code, the names of their targets emerge, said to be a code set by fate. Good or bad, the person has to be eliminated, for according to their code or motto (and to quote): “Take one life, save a thousand.”

The acting was “okay.” McAvoy did good. Jolie was still as sexy and as alluring as ever. The only flaw I saw was that of Morgan Freeman as Sloan, the Fraternity’s leader and decoder. I have always seen Freeman portraying characters that are more on the protagonist’s side, or as someone as the lead’s mentor. Although he did the role of a mentor, he is still not convincing as an assassin. I mean, in movies in recent years, he had an innocent face and still, in this movie, he has that innocent face on the leader of a band of killers.

I don’t usually watch action movies, well, at least not usually on the big screen and unless its trailer could convince me; but this did justice to my expectations. This movie just supplemented my belief that an assassin leads a very melodramatic life. You know, like in those Japanese shows where the protagonist thought he does good to society by eliminating evil entities but later finds out that he has to kill his loved one or a family member who, out of his knowledge is also a bad person. Those sort of stuff. If you’ll see the movie (including the plot twist), you’ll understand what I’m talking about. It can be heart-breaking.


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Recis Dempayos

Budding YouTuber / vlogger, occasional blogger, aspiring multimedia artist.

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