Wanted (2008)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Thriller


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


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20 June 2008 | whlrguy
8
| To The Extreme
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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Trivia

When Wesley leaves the building after walking out on his job, the camera pans by a newspaper stand. The headline reads, "WANTED", with side-by-side pictures of James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie.


Quotes

Wesley: 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 ...


Goofs

The code in the assignments change. It seems to be a trivial ASCII/binary code (00001 = A, 00010 = B,...) but the code for E changes from 00101 to 00011 in the first assignment, when Delane is being chosen as a victim.


Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits. The title appears as a headline on a newspaper well into the movie.


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.


Soundtracks

Time to Say Goodbye
Written by
Lucio Quarantotto, Francesco Sartori and Frank Peterson
Performed by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli
Courtesy of Nemo Studios and Sugar Music
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
And Courtesy of Warner Music International
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

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Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Crime | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

27 June 2008

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA, Germany

Filming Locations

Sokolec, Czech Republic

Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,927,085 29 June 2008

Gross USA:

$134,508,551

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$342,463,063

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