Wanted

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
Running Time:  110 min.
Release Date: June 27, 2008
DVD: December 2, 2008

Current rating: Rating: 4.14
based on 1338 votes and 205 reviews
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Cast: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Thomas Kretschmann, Terence Stamp, Common

Synopsis

25-year-old Wes (James McAvoy) was the most disaffected, cube-dwelling drone the planet had ever known. His boss chewed him out hourly, his girlfriend ignored him routinely and his life plodded on interminably. Everyone was certain this disengaged slacker would amount to nothing. There was little else for Wes to do but wile away the days and die in his slow, clock-punching rut.

Until he met a woman named Fox (Angelina Jolie).

After his estranged father is murdered, the deadly sexy Fox recruits Wes into the Fraternity, a secret society that trains Wes to avenge his dad's death by unlocking his dormant powers. As she teaches him how to develop lightning-quick reflexes and phenomenal agility, Wes discovers this team lives by an ancient, unbreakable code: carry out the death orders given by fate itself.

With wickedly brilliant tutors—including the Fraternity's enigmatic leader, Sloan (Morgan Freeman)—Wes grows to enjoy all the strength he ever wanted. But, slowly, he begins to realize there is more to his dangerous associates than meets the eye. And as he wavers between newfound heroism and vengeance, Wes will come to learn what no one could ever teach him: he alone controls his destiny.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Marc Platt, Jim Lemley, Jason Netter
Screenplay: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Chris Morgan
Official Site: WantedMovie.ca

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  • 5 stars "It's a fantastically stylish film with my flavour of the month, James McAvoy. The concepts and visuals are both cartoonish and semi-plausible at the same time. When our hero admonishes someone as not being a top assassin in the Fraternity but just a "thug who can bend bullets" it actually sounds reasonable. The audience on opening night was howling, squealing and clapping along with the newly-contrived action. It felt like a bunch of friends sitting around in a huge living room. A local reviewer nailed Jolie's contribution, "..she let's her eyeshadow do the acting." An early highlight (and since the entire first half is a breathtakingly screeching, crashing delight - it was hard to pick) inv"