Lucinda Breeding of the Denton Record-Chronicle thinks WANTED reflects an interest in the grim and gritty:
Last weekend, Universal released Wanted, which is based on a comic book miniseries about a meek worker bee with an impressive, although hidden, gift. He’s the son of a legendary assassin in an organization with an impressive name — The Fraternity. Angelina Jolie plays Fox, the only woman in this boys club. She’s a limber employee who doesn’t waste words or punches.
Comics and graphic novels wouldn’t be wildly popular if they didn’t speak to both the shadow side of human nature along with that pesky habit called hope. It’s reasonable to believe that, when a director transfers the pictures from the page to the screen, the idea is the keep some of the meaning.
So what was Wanted trying to say?