Movie Preview: ‘Wanted’

by W. Andrew Powell

Wanted - Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie in ‘Wanted’

Mark Millar‘s graphic novel, Wanted, hits the big screen in early 2008 with the help of Night Watch series director Timur Bekmambetov.

Starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, and Common, the film introduces us to an apathetic nobody who gets transformed into a hero.

Synopsis:
25-year-old Wes (James McAvoy) was the most disaffected, cube-dwelling drone the planet had ever known. His boss chewed him out hourly, his girlfriend ignored him routinely and his life plodded on interminably. Everyone was certain this disengaged slacker would amount to nothing. There was little else for Wes to do but wile away the days and die in his slow, clock-punching rut.

Until he met a woman named Fox (Angelina Jolie).

After his estranged father is murdered, the deadly sexy Fox recruits Wes into the Fraternity, a secret society that trains Wes to avenge his dad’s death by unlocking his dormant powers. As she teaches him how to develop lightning-quick reflexes and phenomenal agility, Wes discovers this team lives by an ancient, unbreakable code: carry out the death orders given by fate itself.

With wickedly brilliant tutors-including the Fraternity’s enigmatic leader, Sloan (Morgan Freeman)-Wes grows to enjoy all the strength he ever wanted. But, slowly, he begins to realize there is more to his dangerous associates than meets the eye. And as he wavers between newfound heroism and vengeance, Wes will come to learn what no one could ever teach him: he alone controls his destiny.

Check out the official Wanted movie site at www.wantedmovie.com.

Canada Goose Lounge at TIFF 2021
Canada Goose Lounge at TIFF 2021
Denis Villeneuve
Canada Goose x TIFF 2021
Stephen Chbosky, Julianne Moore, Steven Levenson and Danny Pino
Owen Teague and Haley Lu Richardson

Screenplay by: Michael Brandt & Derek Haas and Chris Morgan
Story by: Michael Brandt & Derek Haas
Based on the Series of Comic Book by: Mark Millar and J.G. Jones

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