Wesley (James McAvoy) voices over weeks before, when he was put down, abused, in personal and professional life. Boy meets astonishing woman and colleagues who knew his father. Inherited physical and mental abilities elevate him to elite rare talent. She stays as a mentor, not a lover, and true to her values, still surprising at the end.
Wesley has hair-trigger reflexes and aiming skill to be an assassin, trained by Fox (Angelina Jolie) and the Fraternity led by Sloan (Morgan Freeman). His dad Cross (Thomas Kretschmann) shows briefly. Too bad the Olympic swimmer who crossed four borders with only $100 and lost part of a finger (surgically re-attached) hasn't done more.