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


Timur Bekmambetov


Michael Brandt (screenplay), Derek Haas (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
1,633 ( 220)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »





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


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 »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


This is Timur Bekmambetov's first American film. See more »


In the scene after Wesley quits his job, Fox is outside waiting in an Audi SUV. When driving, there's a close-up of the instrument panel, focusing on the knife used to steal the car. Although the car is supposedly driving, the speedometer is at zero. Also in that scene, you can see the knife's blade is actually bigger than the ignition lock slot's width. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »


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User Reviews

a morally confused lifestyle flick with bullets as bling
7 August 2008 | by JawsphobiaSee all my reviews

What did you do today? Just watching a movie, going to high school, or working at McDonalds or a generic version of Office Space? Are you an impossibly pathetic character whose movie-pretty girlfriend accepts your crappy apartment by the train tracks yet hates you enough to constantly cheat with one of your co-workers? Are you buying condoms for the best chum at work you know is doing your girlfriend? Well don't worry because all the skills of an assassin are biologically determined! A few punches in the face and some exercise and you will be James Bond perfect because your absentee father was and we all know DNA is much more important than practice or discipline.

This movie gets all of its charm from the conceit that we know it is all part of the Matrix era bullet time slickness of action and the understanding that it all comes from a comic book anyway so if you have to pick someone up all you have to do is skid sideways right into the person at high speed with the door open and scoop 'em up. No danger of breaking his legs at all. And there can never be too many times two evenly matched assassins demonstrate the fact by their bullets crashing into each other harmlessly in mid flight.

Angelina Jolie has said that sure she is carrying guns in this movie but she condones what happens to the characters so she could get behind the movie. However it resolves, though, most of the movie is a loser's fantasy of having an exciting life. That might very well suit the video game audience under 25 years old. But if you can't get past the improbable efficiency of the team and the improbable stupidity of the protagonist from scene to scene, the big twist that pats itself on the head for its brilliance will seem to belong in another movie. Had the action not been so cartoonish, maybe we could believe what it purports to say. It still exists in a vacuum-sealed circle of geek-hood one expects from Agent Cody Banks. The only difference is that he is twenty-something.

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Release Date:

27 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wanted See more »

Filming Locations:

Sokolec, Czech Republic See more »


Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,927,085, 29 June 2008

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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