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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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Brutal, Sexy, Built to thrill 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:

Se busca 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$134,508,551

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$341,433,252
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The script went through several revisions, with the most significant one being the third act that was re-written by Chris Morgan in mid-2006. The first draft was rejected by Mark Millar, because he felt the script was too tame and Americanized. Dean Georgaris also contributed a re-write, and tailored the role of The Fox specially for Angelina Jolie. Finally, original writers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt then put in the final re-write to even out the voice of Wesley, which was established in the first draft. See more »

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Wesley's first assignment, Robert Deane Darden, is described as a 48-year-old man who weighs 180 kg. (396 lbs.). It's strange that his height is given in imperial, and his weight in metric. Also, a 6'1" man weighing 180kg would be quite massive, either very muscular or very obese, whereas the man Wesley's shown to kill looks quite average. Considering other targets' weights are given in pounds, it's more likely this should have been recorded as 180 lbs - which would be quite reasonable. See more »

Quotes

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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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What's wrong with those comments?!
3 January 2009 | by szymonpc@yahoo.comSee all my reviews

I guess this is my first moment I want to comment on the movie. The reason for that is all those negative comments.

People don't like the idea of a man making a giant leap across buildings, about the "plot of the world" and the ridicule in the movie.

But at the same time I guess they DID like Trinity's jump in Matrix, destiny (sadame) in any Japanese movie or comedy of Mr and Mrs Smith.

COME ON PEOPLE! This is NOT James Bond, Bourne or Die Hard. This is exactly the opposite. This movie in my opinion simply tries to make fun of all those movies. It's all a sarcastic view of today's action movies. Just like the bullets - bent to the fullest. For me it's more of an action comedy. The ideas are so stupid that it's funny. Why? Because it was fit in the action movie. I mean come on - the loom, the bullets, the healing stearine, the rats... How can you ever compare it to any action movie that tries to be serious? This is not trying to do that.

That's why I liked this movie - for its intelligent sarcasm and probably because of all the negative comments from people that expected a "mature action movie" and didn't understand the movie.


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