Timur Bekmambetov, who wrote and directed the Russian blockbusters Night Watch (2004) and Day Watch (2006), makes his U.S. debut with this big, cruel, stupid actioner about an office dweeb (James McAvoy) who gets recruited into an ancient cult of assassins. The primary visual motif is a close-up of an engraved bullet ripping through someone's head in slow motion, and the movie's moral universe is divided between people who kill for money and the rest of us suckers. With Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie, who apparently doesn't see the conflict between humanitarian work and horseshit like this. R, 110 min.
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Writer: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Chris Morgan, Mark Millar and J.G. Jones
Producer: Marc E. Platt, Jim Lemley, Jason Netter and Iain Smith
Cast: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann, Common, Kristen Hager, Marc Warren, David O'Hara and Konstantin Khabensky