2. Wanted (2008)
Sort-of based on the comic book miniseries of the same name, Wanted stars James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman as members of the Fraternity, a secret society of assassins.
Seems as sound as any other Hollywood set-up, doesn’t it? That is, until you hear the twist.
The Fraternity use the “Loom of Fate” – an actual, literal loom – to work out their targets. The reason? Errors in the fabric are a secret code from the universe that tells the fraternity the identities of people who will create chaos and evil if allowed to live.
While Wanted‘s bullet-curving action might seem an equally ridiculous inclusion, it’s actually fairly well executed (pun very much intended) as far as its action sequences are concerned.
The big final plot twist only served to make the movie’s premise seem even dumber, and the experience, while entertaining, is an insult to the average moviegoer’s intelligence.
Does it work? It tries to, but it doesn’t quite get there.