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
Angelina Jolie was coming out of her pregnancy, and A Mighty Heart (2007), and wanted to make an action film. Ian Livingston, President of Eidos at the time, confirmed that there were talks with Paramount to make a third Tomb Raider movie. The movie had to be shot and be released by the end of 2007, due to Paramount's contract. That was impossible, so the plans were scrapped. Angelina Jolie decided to film this movie, and she personally picked the Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) writer to tailor the role of Fox for her, and completely re-shape the film to her likes. See more »
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 »
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 »
(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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