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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. X (as David Patrick O'Hara)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Release Date:

27 June 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,927,085, 29 June 2008, Wide Release

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


While on location in Chicago, The Dark Knight (2008) was the neighboring film production, in which Morgan Freeman worked while shooting this film. On one occasion, Mark Millar, the creator, snuck onto the neighboring set, to see the Batpod, which was used for filming. He was evicted from the set, when security and Producer Lauren Shuler Donner (who visited the set as well) caught him in the act. See more »


Wesley hits Barry in the mouth with a keyboard, and a lower molar flies out of Barry's mouth. When Wesley goes back to get his father's gun, his upper incisor is missing. While it could be argued that Barry lost more than one tooth, but the teeth are in different regions of the mouth, and Wesley hit him once. See more »


[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 »


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Written by Harry Garfield
Performed by Harry Garfield
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(Synopsis) Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is a neurotic accounts manager who works in a small cubical filling out billing reports day end and day out. He allows his boss and his girlfriend to walk all over him. To cope with his life, he takes anti-anxiety pills by the bottle full. Wesley has no desire to change his humdrum life, but one day while getting more pills at the drug store, he meets a beautiful woman in black, Fox (Angelina Jolie) who changes his life forever. Fox was sent to protect Wesley from the man who had just killed his father. Wesley thought his father had died soon after he was born. Fox tells Wesley, "that your father died yesterday on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Building and you are next". Wesley is recruited into the "Fraternity," a secret society of assassins that his father was a member. Fox must train Wesley to bring out his special powers that he was born with in order to avenge his father's death.

(My Comment) This is one of those movies that cubical workers can relate to. The audience can imagine that they don't have to take it anymore, especially, if you have special powers. Wesley changes from this meek nobody going through life just putting in his time into a person with confidence and strength and the ability to change his own destiny. James McAvoy did an outstanding job in playing the roll of Wesley. Angelina Jolie didn't have many lines in the movie, but her presence was more for having an intimidating and dangerous killer with good looks. The visual effects of slowing down the speed of curving bullets and bullets crashing into each other are very well done. The movie is entertaining with lots of action and moves at a fast pace. By the end, you see that Wesley has truly become his own man. (Universal Pictures, Run Time 1:50, Rated R)(10/10)

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