Wanted


well, now that i’ve seen it, certainly not by me.

this is one of the most grotesque, patronising, blunt-edged, monotonous films i’ve ever seen. the question of what kind of meaning we bring to our own lives is an important one; and movies of course can be as good as any other creative media at exploring it. but ‘wanted’ appears to suggest that the two options available to every ordinary bloke today are simply these: act out the role of vladimir or estragon, droning away at an office on stage at a theatre of the absurd, or to kill everyone you meet. ‘what the f*** have you done lately?, asks james mcavoy before the hard electric guitars start over the end credits, underlining the nihilism he’s just given his soul to. well, for one thing, i know something i’m not going to waste my time doing again.

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