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Wanted (2008)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Fantasy  |  27 June 2008 (USA)
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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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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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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:

£3,814,055 (UK) (27 June 2008)


$134,568,845 (USA) (25 September 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


James McAvoy screen-tested for the lead role in early 2006 but was initially rejected, as the studio wanted a more "conventional" leading man. He was later recalled when the producers decided that his character was more "the runt of the litter". The studio ultimately changed its mind and wanted someone geeky. McAvoy got the part. See more »


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 »


[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
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To The Extreme
20 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just got back from an advanced screening of Wanted. I have to admit not being a fan of the Director, Tim Bekmambetov. Somewhat disappointed in his Russian Films Nightwatch and Daywatch. However, in his American directorial he delivers!! An abundance of profanities and over the top action sequences that are beyond xtreme fill the screen in a dizzying array of visual adrenaline. Holding you in a tight breathtaking grip with its interesting visual techniques, humor and acting. James McAvoy (the sweet faun from the Chronicles of Narnia) plays the loser we all know, Wesley Gibbon. The guy, who just trudges through life allowing himself to be walked upon, humiliated and has no desire to escape it, except in a bottle of anti-anxiety meds. Enter a beautiful Woman, Fox (Angelie Jolie), a mysterious wise man Sloan (Morgan Freeman) and his life instantly changes from Billing Reports to Gratuitous Violence, Mastering Weaponry Skills, and Assassination. Believe me when I say what the Matrix introduced, Wanted has mastered. The director is a skilled artist at using the camera in conveying visual emotions of Wesley like I have never seen before, wait I take that back, seen it in NightWatch. I definitely recommend this deliberately humorous, action packed, violent, profane, to-the-extreme film to be seen on the big screen - check this one out!!

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