The Hollywood debut of Russian director Timur Bekmambetov, Wanted punched through our screens with more style and flair than RuPaul in a laser tank. It was so stylized, so over the top, that you didn’t realize it that it wasn’t actually that good until the credits were rolling and you found yourself wiping away the drool, wondering what the hell you just watched. The world of Wanted is a world where people can flip cars over other cars perfectly every time. Where people can jump from skyscraper to skyscraper hitting headshots with the ease that comes from being born in the middle of a basejump. Where people can curve their bullets just by concentrating real hard and flicking their wrists. It wasn’t good, but it was fun as hell.
And the hook that brought us all in was the opening scene, where we watch a guy get shot by a sniper from across the city. After the bullet breaks through his forehead, time slows and reverses, showing the bullet fly backwards across the city, through a train, to the sniper himself. Visually, the shot defined the movie: Impossible, but oh-so-shiny. In fact, there may have only been one other scene quite so satisfying in Wanted – the other sniper scene, the one at the end.