Investigative journalist Victor Malarek (Josh Hartnett) is excited about getting an interview with a big time Canadian drug dealer, Daniel Léger (Antoine Olivier Pilon) arrested in Bangkok. Léger 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. Picker befriends the naive Léger and offers to let him stay and work for him, all the while intending to set up Léger for a pay-off from the Canadian police narcotics division. [10], On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 69% based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 6.67/10. He brings the case to his editor Art (J. C. MacKenzie) with a view to doing a piece. The narcotics operation hits a snag when it's uncovered that Léger is nervous to travel to Thailand, and he has had his passport withheld. However, he had difficulty attracting enough funding to make the film; although he took payment for the screenplay, he reinvested his directorial salary, as did the film's producers, into the film to keep it under its $7 million budget. 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. The film then splits and introduces Daniel Léger, who is shown to be little more than a drug addict, who naively took a job with a dealer, Glen Picker (Jim Gaffigan). Inspired by real events that took place in 1989. Malarek meets him at the airport, where it is revealed that both of Léger's parents have passed but it is shown that Léger has a new positive outlook on life. The film concludes with Léger's transfer from a Thailand prison to a Canadian prison. The film's cast also includes Jim Gaffigan, Stephen McHattie, Don McKellar, J.C. MacKenzie, and Amanda Crew. He promises his boss at the Globe and Mail that if he can spend two days in Thailand, he'll come back with an national scandal. He goes to interview Léger, who tells him he was involved in a drug deal with the wrong people for the wrong reasons, which has gotten him thrown into a Thai prison and slapped with a 100-year sentence. They review Léger's case and petition Léger to respond. At one point he found an investor, had assembled a cast, and began pre-production, only to have the investor pull out. [3] 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,[4] the film stars Josh Hartnett as Canadian investigative journalist Victor Malarek, investigating the arrest of drug addict Daniel Léger (Antoine Olivier Pilon). The investigation into their handling of the Léger case was watered down and led to the lead investigator retiring. [9], The film made an estimated $138,000 from 72 theaters in its Canadian opening weekend. The Canadian police organise for Léger's passport to be issued, pay for the young man's flights, hotels and expenses in Thailand. Copyright © 2020 Tribute Entertainment Media Group Last Updated: November 29, 2020. The Canadian police agree to the deal but the deal goes awry. The website's critics consensus reads: "Although it suffers in comparison to similar suspense thrillers, Most Wanted benefits from solid casting and a taut, intelligent storytelling approach. 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. Daniel Roby began his first research soon after concluding production of his 2007 debut film White Skin, and wrote the first draft of the script concurrently with his 2011 film Funkytown. Léger is identified as a mastermind in the drug trafficking trade. Malarek moves to the politics beat to save his marriage but shortly returns to his passion of investigative journalism. Canadian Connection : Based on the exploits of Canadian investigative reporter Victor Malarek. [7] To prepare the script, Roby attended the actual trials of Alain Olivier, flew to Thailand to interview witnesses, and read documents about the case. "[11] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 62 out of 100, based on seven critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". He comes across the strange case of a Canadian citizen under arrest in Thailand after a joint investigation by Canadian and Thai authorities. Run it up the flagpole, I say. Malarek's interest is pricked when he queries a few details with the Canadian authorities and receives push back. Art reluctantly agrees to let Malarek visit Thailand and interview the Thai authorities and Léger. In Canada, Malarek is feeling pressure for proceeding with the investigation. 58%. Quebec director Daniel Roby spent 13 years working on his latest film, Target Number One, which finally arrived on the silver screen earlier this month. He decides to dig deeper and uncovers some worrying items about the case. He loses his job at The Globe and Mail and TV and his wife leaves him due to the pressure they are under. [12], Chris Knight of the National Post rated the film three stars out of five, writing that "The story, mostly devoid of car chases and gunfire except in one key scene, may strike some as a little dour, a touch too Canadian, and Target Number One's fate outside our borders remains to be seen. The narcotics police in need of a major morale boosting drugs seizure fall for Picker's scam. In 1989, Victor Malarek (Josh Hartnett) a Canadian journalist investigates the circumstances surrounding the suspicious arrest of Daniel Léger (Antoine Olivier Pilon), a 25-year-old heroin addict serving time in a prison in Thailand and facing the death penalty. Many of the cast members are Canadian, including Stephen McHattie, Don McKellar and Antoine Olivier Pilon. 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. [1], The film finally entered production in June 2018 under the working title Gut Instinct,[8] and was retitled Target Number One during the production process. In 1989, a Canadian journalist investigates the circumstances surrounding the suspicious arrest of a heroin addict imprisoned in a At the trial, Léger is unable to understand the proceedings. As he tries to survive his Bangkok incarceration, Malarek decides to go after the shady undercover cops responsible for wrongly accusing Daniel. Rotten Tomatoes® Score A last ray of hope is offered when Malarek's article is read by the newly formed ethics investigation department. But it's a crafty crime thriller, a rough-and-ready Heritage Minute given room to bloom into something worthy of its feature length. His autobiography was earlier made into a 1988 film titled Malarek. He identifies Léger as a major player in the Thai drug world, and indicates that Léger can organise for a major shipment of heroin to be smuggled to Canada. The film was theatrically released in Canada on July 10, 2020,[5] and on video on demand services in the United States on July 24, 2020.[6]. The drug suppliers are arrested, alongside Léger and taken to a Thai prison. Detective Cooper testifies falsely that Léger is a hardened criminal with a long list of convictions in Canada. "[5], "After a long road and bad luck, crime drama Target Number One is finally opening", "Saban Films Acquires Crime Thriller ‘Most Wanted’ Starring Josh Hartnett", "Le narcotrafiquant qui n’en était pas un: écoutez le nouveau balado Narcos PQ", "Target Number One is a rough-and-ready feature length Heritage Minute", "Investigative reporting puts a target on Josh Hartnett in "Most Wanted" trailer", "Target Number One is an ambitious political thriller",, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 25 November 2020, at 16:39. Picker manipulates Léger into meeting with detective Cooper under the guise of a favour and naively believes Cooper to be a drug smuggler. He then educates himself in the Thai judicial system and after serving 8 years manages to get a prison transfer. The young man kicks his addiction in the Thai prison. The lead detective, Frank Cooper (Stephen McHattie) makes an error in reviewing Léger and mistakes him for another criminal with a detailed criminal history. There is a struggle, and in the chaos that ensues Detective Cooper shoots his son Al Cooper (Cory Lipman) fatally.