|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann, Kristen Hager, Marc Warren, David O'Hara, Marc Warren|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Collections:||100 Feisty Females, 100 Hot Hits, 100 Most Wanted, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||1 hour 46 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Oct 2008|
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Glorious 18 rated action-fest!By Meako (59 reviews) from Sheffield , 23 Jun 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]With the director of Nightwatch and Daywatch, the two wildly bizarre Russian vampire flicks, behind the lens it was obvious that this film was going to deliver visually, and it is more than safe to say it does just that. From the offset we are thrust into a world of bizarre physics, impossible feats, and glorious violence. A lot of the styles of the Nightwatch films are drawn into this adaptation, delivering a film which could have just been yet-another-Matrix-wannabe, but instead steps into its own shoes and packs one heck of a punch.
As the everyman, put-upon accounts manager who finds himself drawn into the dark world of assasins leagues, James McAvoy was a curious choice. Having non of the mannerisms of the character he was to play from the comic series, it was unsure if he could fit the role. Instead of trying to fit it, he tailors it to himself, and this helps you believe in him at the start. He plays 'normal' so well, that the struggle for him to become the best assassin, and to perform impossible tasks such as bending bullets, is one which will have you rallying behind him and cheering at all his achievements. A lot more convincing that Keanu's 'I know kung fu!'
The support cast are fabulous, and Angelina Jolie is on top form, both looking and acting everyone off screen. Morgan Freeman hams up his part to beautiful degrees, never letting the more ridiculous concepts the film has on offer get in the way of a strong delivery, and after a quick speech by him you really do believe that the impossible is possible.
Quite a lot is dropped from the comic, and the depth of character that many fans love so much is jettisoned to refine the film into a pure adrenaline-fuelled visual fest. This may upset some, but if you want bang-for-your-buck then it certainly delivers.
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Love It !!!By yanbart (135 reviews) , 05 Nov 2013Action packed, Thrilling, Gripping, Intense... A Great film that I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact I watch it twice. Action packed, Thrilling, Gripping, Intense... A Great film that I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact I watch it twice.
Truly terribleBy a customer , 01 Oct 2013Can't say that I watched this to the end as the first 20 mins were truly awful so I switched it off. Mindless violence of the sort I can watch
forgettable forgettableBy a customer , 10 Sep 2013so poor that i'd managed to forget that i'd seen it! on racking my brains, i have vague memories of some sort of silly gun-fest, but as to the plot...
Edge of seat actionBy lauranicole83 (8 reviews) , 28 Jun 2013I loved this film. I thought it was well acted, the fast pace was maintained throughout, and whilst some of the concepts were a bit unbelievable, it was still entertaining enough to keep me interested. I would definitely watch it again, as I didn't see the plot twist coming at all and would like to watch it from this different viewpoint.
Not wantedBy The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 11 Apr 2013Unwatchable. Only lasted 5 minutes. Something about a young man who finds out his father was an assassin. Brainless mindless violence.
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