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Running time
106 min.
United States United States
Michael Brandt, Chris Morgan, Derek Haas (Comic: J.G. Jones, Mark Millar)
Danny Elfman
Mitchell Amundsen
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Universal Pictures / Spyglass Entertainment
Action. Thriller | Revenge. Based on a Comic
Movie Groups
Mark Millar Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
Wanted tells the tale of one apathetic nobody’s transformation into an unparalleled enforcer of justice. 25-year-old Wes (James McAvoy) was the most disaffected, cube-dwelling drone the planet had ever known. 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. 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 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.
2008: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Sound, Sound Editing
2008: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Action Movie
2008: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Performance Stunt Ensemble
Critics' reviews
  • "The way to enjoy this film is to put your logic on hold, along with any higher sensitivities that might be vulnerable and immerse yourself as if in a video game. (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of four)."
  • "Action's fun to watch, but there's not a thread of sense (...) The film hardly aims to be serious entertainment, and, to its credit, it's never uninteresting visually. (...) Rating: ★★ (out of four)."
  • "Big, cruel, stupid actioner."
  • "Things happen in Wanted, but no one cares. You could call that nihilism, but even nihilism requires commitment of a kind and this, by contrast, is a movie built on indifference."
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