Timur Bekmambetov (2008)

18 Certificate


Our Score
The first Hollywood movie from Timur Bekmambetov, the director of phantasmagorical Russian fantasy horrors Night Watch and Day Watch, is a high-octane action adventure adapted from the cult comic book of the same name. James McAvoy does a sterling job as office drone Wesley Gibson who goes from zero to super-skilled hitman when he's recruited by an underground guild of assassins led by Morgan Freeman. Among his fellow killers is a smoulderingly cool Angelina Jolie, who doles out some tough love in the role of mentor to the gauche McAvoy, as he tries to accept his destiny as the son of the world's greatest assassin. Bekmambetov brings his unique eye for hyper-kinetic action to the chase sequences, and there's plenty of understated mordant humour to leaven the inevitable ludicrousness of the violent mayhem. It may not be the most original of tales - there are echoes of The Matrix - but the director's visual flair and the charisma of the lead actors make this an entertainingly over-the-top experience.


A disillusioned man learns his father was a member of a secret society of superpowered assassins dedicated to eliminating people who are destined to commit acts of evil in the future. Having inherited his father's special abilities, he is recruited into the organisation and must take on a former member who has betrayed it. Action adventure, starring James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman.

Cast & Crew

Wesley Gibson James McAvoy
Sloan Morgan Freeman
Fox Angelina Jolie
Pekwarsky Terence Stamp
Cross Thomas Kretschmann
The Gunsmith Common
Cathy Kristen Hager
The Repairman Marc Warren (1)
Mr X David O'Hara
The Exterminator Konstantin Khabensky
The Butcher Dato Bakhtadze
Barry Chris Pratt
Janice Lorna Scott
Puja Sophiya Haque
Director Timur Bekmambetov
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 Jun 2008