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Wanted (2008)

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A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities.

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Timur Bekmambetov

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Michael Brandt (screenplay), Derek Haas (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James McAvoy ... Wesley
Morgan Freeman ... Sloan
Angelina Jolie ... Fox
Terence Stamp ... Pekwarsky
Thomas Kretschmann ... Cross
Common ... The Gunsmith
Kristen Hager ... Cathy
Marc Warren ... The Repairman
David O'Hara ... Mr. X (as David Patrick O'Hara)
Konstantin Khabenskiy ... The Exterminator (as Konstantin Khabensky)
Dato Bakhtadze Dato Bakhtadze ... The Butcher
Chris Pratt ... Barry
Lorna Scott ... Janice
Sophiya Haque ... Puja
Brian Caspe ... The Pharmacist
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Storyline

A young man finds out his long lost father is an assassin. When his father is murdered, the son is recruited into his father's old organization and trained by a man named Sloan to follow in his dad's footsteps. Written by Anonymous

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Their world. Her rules. His destiny. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, pervasive language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wanted See more »

Filming Locations:

Sokolec, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,927,085, 29 June 2008

Gross USA:

$134,508,551

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$341,432,090
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jessica Biel was considered to play Fox. See more »

Goofs

When Fox picks Wesley up after he quits his job, there is a close-up of the knife used to steal the car. The knife-blade is translucent and the entire ignition slot through it. Additionally, despite the fact that the car is moving, the speedometer is set at zero. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Wesley: [voice-over] It's my anorexic boss' birthday. This means there's a certain amount of inter-office pressure to stand around the conference table, eating crappy food and pretending to worship her. Acting for five minutes like Janice doesn't make all our lives miserable is the hardest work I'll do all day. My job title is account manager. I used to be called an account service representative, but a consultant told us we have to manage our clients, and to not service them. I have a ...
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There are no opening credits. The title appears as a headline on a newspaper well into the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Australian theatrical version cut a 10 second sequence where Wesley jams a gun through a dead man's mouth and uses his body as a shield while he shoots down other gunmen. This version was rated MA15+. Oddly enough, when the DVD came out, it had a sticker on the cover touting the film as "Uncut". While this was true -- and the violence in the gunfight had been re-instated -- the DVD carried the same MA15+ rating. See more »


Soundtracks

The Little Things
Written by Danny Elfman
Performed by Danny Elfman
Produced by David Sardy (as Dave Sardy)
Vocals Produced by Trevor Horn
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Do yourself a favour. Read the book!
4 August 2008 | by da_flipboySee all my reviews

So a friend told me how the book was very different from the movie, and made me read the book... and boy was he right. But more about that later...

I recall seeing one of the producers say in an interview that due to all the superhero movies out, they intentionally went for a more "realistic" approach. I kept this in mind as I watched this movie. That said, I can only say that it's good, not great.

James McAvoy, who I've been a fan of since "Rory O'Shea Was Here", does an acceptable job as the movie's main character. However, I couldn't help but notice his accent seem to be just a little off here and there, which was a little distracting for me. Morgan Freeman and Angelina put in some reliable, albeit unremarkable, roles. And Common, a guy who has more on screen gravitas than most actors, is sadly underused.

The action scenes, which are vital for a film like this are very good. There are plenty of "okay, that was pretty cool" moments for adrenaline junkies out there. (Fyi: McAvoy actually did the "on the car hood" stunt with no CG. Nice job.) The story is good, but considering the original story, it would have been really hard to make a horrible movie. The special effects do a good job of making you believe in the unbelievable and some interesting camera-work and slow-mo also do well to enhance the experience.

All in all, above average, but not outstanding. 6 out of 10 BONUS COMMENTARY: The real tragedy about this movie is what it COULD have been. The original comic book wasn't about him being an assassin, you see, it was about him training to be a supervillian! That's right, in a superhero world, he's the Green Goblin, or Lex Luthor, or even the Joker! Now imagine what that movie would have been like! Additionally, they had to train him to be a cold-hearted, homicidal, remorseless bad guy. The book, which is definitely not for kids, is chock full with so much f-you, in-your-face, unapologetic violence this version of the movie would have been looking at an R rating for sure. Anyway, if you get a chance, track down the book and have a read. You can thank me later.


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