Inspired by a gripping true story, an investigative reporter (Josh Hartnett) fights to expose the twisted truth behind a heroin bust orchestrated by dirty cops to frame an innocent man – sentencing him to life in a Thai prison.
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Pretty good crime drama. Great acting and really good plot that is based on a true story. Josh Hartnett was awesome as usual, Jim Gaffigan actually surprised me how well he did in a dramatic role (and thank goodness he didn't say "Hot pockets" not one time Haha) and Antoine Olivier Pilon was absolutely amazing. I don't recall ever seeing Pilon before but I'm looking forward to seeing more movies from him. If you like crime dramas and movies where someone is in prison unjustly and trying to get released you will love this movie!!!
Intriguing low budget film written and and directed by Daniel Roby goes back to 1989, and uses a series of flashbacks to guide us through the dark and twisted story of a sleazy drug dealer and a young, misguided addict. The movie has two separate intersecting stories one of the junkie Daniel (Antoine-Olivier Pilon), who wants to score and the investigative reporter Victor Malerek (Josh Hartnett), who fights to expose the real events behind a heroin bust organized by dirty cops so Daniel could take the fall. Victor is a confrontational journalist who neglects family and coworkers. Unfortunately for the movie, it keeps returning to Victor's marital and professional problems, which makes the film slow and disjointed in areas that should have been cut.
Daniel is lured to his doom in Thailand by a group of crooked cops is sentenced to 100 years in a Thai prison on a charge of trying to smuggle heroin out of the country. Thailand part of the Golden Triangle, produces an opium poppy crop that supplies much of the world's heroin. Daniel has a great deal of time to discover consquences of his addictions during an imprisonment for over eight years. The prison scenes are heavy on violence and corruption inside the system as Daniel fights to survive his ordeaI. I am reminded of Midnight Express (1978, Columbia). The low level drug dealer who got Daniel involved was a bit slow and obvious, it is hard to believe that someone would be that desperate and dumb to fall for his line of deception, but as I got into the film it held my interest to see if Daniel would beat the system that set him up. Most Wanted is a good crime suspence drama, three and a half stars, recommended.
I mainly watched this because it had Josh Hartnett, who I have loved in Penny Dreadful (yes, I was a bit late to that party), and also Jim Gaffigan. Also, I have been watching the great Canuck crime drama, "Cardinal" so I am a bit obsessed with finding out how things aren't always so peaceful in the Great White North.
Main plot of this "Based on True Events" story is a poor sucker junkie gets ensnared in what is basically one of the most ludicrous cases of Entrapment in history - or at least in Canadian History. This kid is just looking to get high, and the Jim Gaffigan character convinces him to fly to Thailand to score ten kilos of "H" as they so uncooly call it. This, all financed and supported by the Canuck version of the DEA, masterminded on the Government side by a rail-thin, specter of an agent, played by Stephen McHattie (who all of you X Files fans will recognize).
If it sounds implausible, it probably is, because the notes at the end confusingly indicate that maybe this all happened, maybe it didn't. Mainly, because apparently the Canadian Government has sought for years to suppress the truth. Except, the film was financed, in part, by Provencal bucks from the Government of Quebec. Oh, right, Quebec has been trying to secede from Canada for decades.
OK, back to the film. Everything here is pretty effective, pretty well-written and well-acted. Only problem is the time shift narrative only becomes apparent about a third of the way through, when you realize that you are watching a retrospective of historical events, and a current timeline of our pitiful junk getting ready to rot in a horrible Thai prison.
You'll have to watch to find out what really happens.
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2020
In the US it is well known but now also in Canada that the police and criminal justice system is nothing more and nothing less than the worst, most atrocious, and largest organized domestic terrorist organization in human history. Police, District Attorneys, and the entire multi-billion dollar industry aimed at terrorizing good citizens, breaking their own laws, and being the worst criminals of our modern history.
It is such a shame that these acts of barbaric, illegal, inhumanity are only known when enough information gets out and a movie can be made of it.
There are no worse criminals in the modern world than the "criminal justice" system of the USA - and apparently its rubbed off on the neighbors to the north in some effect too. Even nazis, who were justifiably killed without mercy, were not as bad as these lowest of human scum......but who will wage war against the state when the ones with badges and guns are the worst terrorist criminals of all?
I can only give 5 stars to anyone brave enough to shed a light on the worst criminals of human history, the greatest enemies of good, civilization, and everyday people.
The best movie I've seen in a long time. It held my interest from the beginning to the end. I particularly enjoyed Steven McHattie playing a bad guy pretending to be a good guy. He's one of the best movie villains.
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2020
☹️👎What a piece of you know what, this movie is and if you like that NONSENSE where it's somebody running around with a CAMERA so it's SHAKING ALL THE TIME, giving you a headache☹️👎 it's one of the most annoying things there is, I don't know who came up with this idea but it is GARBAGE, turned it off after 15 minutes ☹️👎 PLUS overall you can tell it's JUST A LOUSY FILM that people just joined it to get a paycheck ☹️👎
This was a good true story, with good acting and decent directing.Wish it went into more detail about how he survived inside prison, but besides that, this was a decent movie! would I watch it again? no , would I recommend it yes. There needs to be more stories like this, that tell the hard truths about things. Happy with the rental price. Enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 starsMost Wanted. of Conspiracy by Police Corruption.
Reviewed in Canada on November 7, 2020
Well here we go. when you think. really think the police is here to protect you they go and show some of the true colors of their outfit. and uniform. red that is. this Canadian true story of Daniel Leger who was a pond in this police sting. sad story.