Murder is sport

The comic foil "Wanted" paid by professionalists, religious fuhrers and the fate themselves – and how to manipulate all this

It is only the self-contempt, after which one was owned by the director Timur Bekmambetov has to change his anti-hero Wesley first, so that it recognizes his destiny. The result: Emancipation from the previous duckmouse life and embrace of private anarchism Mundet in reflected individualism. "Wanted" Even presents itself as a wholly individual action film bar.

There is a fight sequence in "Wanted", The pistol-reinforced Wesley against the knife specialists "Butcher", And she makes pretty clear what Bekmbetov fascinates: firearms, as a parapet of the body. The fight with them as a physical experience, the departure from the disperse firefight to a full-contact spectacle.

The method to realize this is well known: extreme time magnifiers and "Bullet Time"-Effects melt the speed difference of humans and balls together, give the audience overview of the events that can only be in the cinema. "matrix" and impensy epigones made it, "Wanted" it only does it.

The firearms in this movie are no longer a longer, they are stylized to melee weapons with just rough range, at least if a killer of the brotherhood meets a flat opponent. Then, by name, they are even suitable for direct exchange: balls will not be dodged anymore, as Keanu Reeves still did, they will now be parped, with their own, well-targeted bullet.

The fetishization of firearms, which is the goal, ultimately to a similar "honorable" Army genus How to raise the knight’s sword can already be found in "matrix" and "Equilibrium" (Kurt Wimmer, 2002). The sword fight is a symbol of a violent-related, but due to its personality and physical involvement significantly legitimate form of conflict resolution.

The search for methods to bread firearms equailed, drove their bleeding in video and computer games – from the shot beat combinations of one "Devil May Cry" About the gunblade of "Final fantasy"-line. "Wanted" Only one thing inherently rejoices, and simultaneously removes from this physique and near the confrontation when he finding the ball of a killer with a huge armor gun from many miles away her destination.

These two sniper sequences are it which in the static-celebrated body of the action scenes in "Wanted" a little like foreign corporation act. At the same time, however, they also mark a failure of the blob of crafts of a braidingly operational mandatory contractor opposite the craftsmanship and list of a prudent from a safe distance acting opponents.

It is noteworthy that Bekmbetov is structured his film partly as a classic sports film, especially the exempt training sequence in the first film half jumping here. Murder, power "Wanted" Unmistly clear, is always sport, and accordingly, the teachers of the "Fraternity" Killer Guild also to Works: That’s how said "Butcher" Wesley contributes the fight with the knife who "Repairman" On the other hand, it ensures that the Profikikiller in PES is also hard in taking in – with a regular costume Vugel for the trainee. Of the "Gunsmith" Finally, the connection to the technicality of the firearms, he shows Wesley, as this can fly with a flying movement of the wrist the pistol balls also fly around curves and corners.

Only tactics and calculus does not get from the professors of this "Fraternity"-Academy conveys, but instead studies the attention of his father on his own initiative (who himself killer in the "Fraternity" was). The killer-physis is completely perfect when perfectly designed – but always a little tumber – violence is still the reason, the reflection. His father, "Cross", At the beginning of the film, even completely emancipated by the porousness of his profession by significant by his quasi-counterpart, significant "Mr. X" named, Pressing.

Balance here "Wanted" ideological: the brotherhood, a sectahnal community, the "it has been available since about 1000 years", is located in a former monastery in any American coal town – and in a monastery in "Eastern Arabia" (Even if the venue looks more like Central Europe), the cult took his beginning.

The code is always right

In a jacking cover we see a handful of shaping in monk cute, bent over a loom. They discovered a code in the textiles, put out randomly small irregularities of tie in binary code and these in letters, and found them name. The names of your murder victims. "Sloan" the reigning boss exeget is called "Fraternity", and his trends are obedient soldiers. "Fox" – Chef instructor Angelina Jolie – Wesley is once explosive why she believes so unconditionally to the fateful loom code: so a man of the brotherhood should fall to the victim, but survived and died then Fox’s father.

"We Do not Know How Far The Ripples of Our Decisions Go. We Kill One, And Maybe Save A Thousand. That’s the code of the fraternity. That’s what we believe in, and that’s why we do it."

However, it is by no means so that in "Wanted" Faith in the loom code, the loom prophecies ultimately turns out as an air number – on the contrary: it is finally Sloan, who, as once his name appeared in the tie, began to interpret the code after his own will and thus the Death hundreds (says Z.B. a full-occupied train to create a ravine).

The code is always right, there is no doubt, and it is completely irrelevant, whether one is now as analogy on the Bible, the Koran or the Torah. "Wanted" is not an anti-reliant film, but he is definitely guessing against church institutions, opposite the artists and exegetes of the relevant writings. In short: against all those who send people under religious pretext into a fight.

Murder is sport

"Wanted" but by no means negotiates this discourse only on a religious level. So Wesley at the beginning of the film is a frustrated and inconspicuous Buroknecht, as well as the nameless protagonist in David Finchers "Fight Club". Only the contact to the brotherhood arouses his dormant talents as a hipsrage, and allows him a sham emancipation from his drug and very satisfactory everyday life.

Only between the lines becomes clear that even this step for Wesley is just a placebo that the sudden self-realization in cynical private anchor is only another facade. So he can not resist it, for example, a murder victim wide grinning "Sorry" call behind – just that word, whose surprised use Fox has still kept the notorious duckmauser at its first encounter. The conscious ironic refraction with the old life reveals that also Wesley’s sudden exploitation is only of artistic nature. The step towards the actual self-design of his fate succeeds the protagonist only through honest and self-reflection, not by attachment to one or more standard.

Bekmambetov uses for this deconstruction of deterministic thinking above all the image of the weaving machine: so it is Wesley’s final examination task of his training, to catch the swept and outgoing boat of the loom with a blob from the machine – and thus spellfully his fate in his own hands too to take. Also, from the once carefully in Reihr und Link’s thread of the weaving machine according to an explosion and Wesley’s completely completed emancipation nothing more abundant. Instead, the impenetrable tangle of individual thread in Sloans is like a former "reading"-Rooms highly still a destructed spider web.

Murder is sport

"Wanted" Does not crank on a lack of subtly negotiated discourses. The overld hip staging and the undamaged cynicism can balance Bekmambetov’s movie with his clever script. But: He’s lacking the will to tell you. Bekmambetov seems to have no interest in the emergencies of his pictures, for him apparently only pays what is going on in the center. Details like the incontinent collateral victims of the professional lilids degenerate to background noise, and confer such physically presumptuous film the taste of a little thoughtful and dry theory.

At the same time, Bekmbetov is much too fascinated by superflatable (and no new) special-effect sightsee values than that the story could ever really penetrate the foreground of the film. A coil does the density, the protagonist Wesley in Best "Fight Club"-Manier to reflect in voice-over comments on his life. For the sly and thoughtful movie, to which "Wanted" Actually had developed, the result is far too loud. For a loud movie, however, he is too soulless and empty.

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