28 Oct 2020

Most Wanted aka Target Number One [2020] [West] [Canada]

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Most Wanted aka Target Number One [2020] [West] [Canada]
Most Wanted 2020 Canada Daniel Roby Antoine Olivier Pilon Josh Hartnett Stephen McHattie  Crime, Thriller
Title: Most Wanted
Also Known as: Target Number One
Year: 2020 Country: Canada
Durasi: 125 Minutes Genre: Crime, Thriller Rating IMDB: 6 dari 10
Director: Daniel Roby
Casts: Antoine Olivier Pilon , Josh Hartnett , Stephen McHattie
Premise: In 1989, a Canadian journalist investigates the circumstances surrounding the suspicious arrest of a heroin addict imprisoned in a Thai jail.
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Target Number One (released as Most Wanted in the United States, Suspect numéro un in Québec) is a 2020 Canadian crime drama film directed by Daniel Roby. Based on the true story of Alain Olivier, a Canadian drug addict from Quebec who spent eight years in prison in Thailand in the 1980s after having been set up as an unwitting pawn in an espionage plot by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the film stars Josh Hartnett as Canadian investigative journalist Victor Malarek, investigating the arrest of drug addict Daniel Léger (Antoine Olivier Pilon). The film's cast also includes Jim Gaffigan, Stephen McHattie, Don McKellar, J.C. MacKenzie, and Amanda Crew.

The film was theatrically released in Canada on July 10, 2020, and on video on demand services in the United States on July 24, 2020.

In 1989, Victor Malarek (Josh Hartnett) a Canadian journalist investigates the circumstances surrounding the suspicious arrest of Daniel Leger (Antoine Olivier Pilon), a 25-year-old heroin addict serving time in a prison in Thailand and facing the death penalty.

Malarek is a dedicated investigative journalist working for The Globe and Mail newspaper who is being pressured by his boss to move to writing weekly feature articles. He comes across the strange case of a Canadian citizen under arrest in Thailand after a joint investigation by Canadian and Thai authorities. Leger is identified as a mastermind in the drug trafficking trade. Malarek's interest is pricked when he queries a few details with the Canadian authorities and receives push back. He decides to dig deeper and uncovers some worrying items about the case. He brings the case to his editor Art (J. C. MacKenzie) with a view to doing a piece. Art reluctantly agrees to let Malarek visit Thailand and interview the Thai authorities and Leger.

The film then splits and introduces Daniel Leger, who is shown to be little more than a drug addict, who naively took a job with a dealer, Glen Picker (Jim Gaffigan). Picker befriends the naive Leger and offers to let him stay and work for him, all the while intending to set up Leger for a pay-off from the Canadian police narcotics division. He identifies Leger as a major player in the Thai drug world, and indicates that Leger can organise for a major shipment of heroin to be smuggled to Canada. The narcotics police in need of a major morale boosting drugs seizure fall for Picker's scam. The lead detective, Frank Cooper (Stephen McHattie) makes an error in reviewing Leger and mistakes him for another criminal with a detailed criminal history.

Picker manipulates Leger into meeting with detective Cooper under the guise of a favour and naively believes Cooper to be a drug smuggler. The narcotics operation hits a snag when it's uncovered that Leger is nervous to travel to Thailand, and he has had his passport withheld. The Canadian police organise for Leger's passport to be issued, pay for the young man's flights, hotels and expenses in Thailand. Leger left with no other options, travels to Thailand and tries to organise for a drug buy, but can only find a Tuk Tuk driver who can get 2 kgs of heroin. The Canadian police agree to the deal but the deal goes awry.

Leger turns up with Cooper who is undercover and the suppliers arrive separately. There is a struggle, and in the chaos that ensues Detective Cooper shoots his son Al Cooper (Cory Lipman) fatally. The drug suppliers are arrested, alongside Leger and taken to a Thai prison.

Malarek meets and interviews Leger and uncovers the above details. Upon leaving the prison he shouts to Leger to plead guilty as he will likely be found guilty and given the death penalty otherwise. At the trial, Leger is unable to understand the proceedings. Detective Cooper testifies falsely that Leger is a hardened criminal with a long list of convictions in Canada. Leger pleads his innocence but once he has been found guilty he alters his plea to guilty and receives a 100 year sentence.

In Canada, Malarek is feeling pressure for proceeding with the investigation. He loses his job at The Globe and Mail and TV and his wife leaves him due to the pressure they are under. A last ray of hope is offered when Malarek's article is read by the newly formed ethics investigation department. They review Leger's case and petition Leger to respond.

The film concludes with Leger's transfer from a Thailand prison to a Canadian prison. The young man kicks his addiction in the Thai prison. He then educates himself in the Thai judicial system and after serving 8 years manages to get a prison transfer. Malarek meets him at the airport, where it is revealed that both of Leger's parents have passed but it is shown that Leger has a new positive outlook on life.

The film concludes with a note that Cooper and his fellow officers all received commendations for their actions. The investigation into their handling of the Leger case was watered down and led to the lead investigator retiring. Malarek moves to the politics beat to save his marriage but shortly returns to his passion of investigative journalism.

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