Director: Timo Bekmambetov
Writers: Michael Bradt, Derek Haas, Chris Morgan
Cast: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Terrence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann, Corman, Kristen Hager, Mark Warren / David O’Hara/ Konstantin Habinski/ Dato Bakhtadze/ Chris Pratt/ Lorna Scott/ Sofia Harker/ Brian Casper
Genre: Action / Thriller / Crime
Region: USA / Germany
Released: 2008-10-09 (Mainland China) / 2008-06-27 (USA)
Runtime: 110 minutes
Also known as: Agents of Killing God (Hong Kong) / League of Assassins (Taiwan) / Wanted Criminal
Rating: IMDB 6.7 / Rotten Tomatoes 71%
Life is a meaningless repetition for Wesley (James McAvoy), a small clerk. He has to endure nagging from an obese boss every day, a friend sleeping with his girlfriend, and non-stop medication to control a fast heartbeat. On this day, he was rescued by a strange woman from a crazy gunman and entered the world of the League of Assassins. His savior Firefox (Angelina Jolie) and alliance leader Sloan (Morgan Freeman) told Wesley that the father who abandoned him back then was also an organization. One of them was recently killed by the traitor Cross. Wesley must grow up in the harsh training as soon as possible in order to protect himself and even avenge his father.
The League of Assassins originated from the textile guild. They decided to assassinate the target according to the code provided by the textile machine, so as to comply with the arrangement of fate. Wesley quickly mastered a series of assassination methods with his excellent talent and became a member of the organization. He began to perform the mission entrusted by fate, and gradually approached the goal of seeking revenge on the cross. Finally, Sloan ordered Wesley to go to Eastern Europe to assassinate the cross. , Wesley accidentally discovered a conspiracy within the organization, and this time, he no longer used evasion to solve the problem.
The film won the 2009 British Empire Film Awards for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Film.
“Wanted” is a 2008 action thriller film directed by Timur Bekmambetov, based on the comic book series of the same name by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones. The film stars James McAvoy as Wesley Gibson, a young office worker who discovers he is the son of a legendary assassin and is recruited into a secret society of killers known as the Fraternity.
Under the guidance of his mentor, Sloan (played by Morgan Freeman), Wesley learns to harness his newfound abilities and becomes a skilled assassin himself. But when he discovers the truth about the Fraternity’s motives, he must decide whether to continue serving them or to take a stand against them.
The film features intense action sequences, including thrilling car chases and gunfights, as well as a unique and stylized visual aesthetic. It was praised for its innovative use of special effects and its fast-paced storytelling.
While “Wanted” received mixed reviews from critics, it was a commercial success, grossing over $340 million worldwide. The film has since gained a cult following for its over-the-top action and its unique take on the assassin genre.