For People with Short Attention Spans
Although a bit overhyped, this is an entertaining action flick. It’s pretty much a fusion between “The Matrix” and “Night Watch” with a bit of comedy that summons “Office Space” during the first half. James McAvoy is very convincing as an alienated worker, boyfriend, and friend but remains charming throughout the picture. Angelina Jolie is beautiful as usual and I was glad to see her again as a chick that can kick men’s ass, like in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” Although the story is interesting, the film didn’t explore its core as much as it should have so it resulted to a weaker picture. I feel like the middle part–when McAvoy is taught how to control his abilities–is a bit extended and the conclusion was not fully realized. If they had gotten rid of most of the middle portion, I think they would have more time to explore what the fraternity of assassins is all about. I did enjoy the twist in the beginning of the third half because I did not see it coming at all. That one thing totally changed the audiences’ outlook regarding the whole movie. This film is definitely for those who have short attention spans because there’s intense action sequences and violence that can be found pretty much every ten to fifteen minutes.