Saturday, 27 June 2015

The Gunman

A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself.

The Gunman stars Sean Penn and is brought to you by Pierre Morel, director of the very first and still best Taken film. Sean Penn looks fit in this movie and I’m pretty sure he spent more time out of his shirt than in it on screen; even in the final scene he wears nothing but trousers and a Kevlar vest with nothing underneath. There’s only one place where this outfit makes sense and it’s in an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie of the 80’s. This was a fun “action” movie but unfortunately not for long, it’s a very depressing drama with hardly any action in it for almost the entire second act. The film’s best scene is actually its opening one, when Sean Penn’s character gets to do some sniper things; but he spends most of the rest of the movie, looking at his ex-girlfriend, looking very sad and having conversation why their relationship didn’t work out in the first place. The trailer makes you hope this film is going to be this intense suspenseful sniper drama with lots of action while what it truly is, is a few quickly edited action scenes among a ton of soap opera drama. Moreover, the action scenes don’t suffer from shaky cam but almost every time there’s a fight, the cut to shot takes place directly upon impact and we get a sound effect, which is making those scenes difficult to focus on. Plus, Sean Penn doesn’t work out as an action star despite his great looking body. He’s not really selling the action seen as well. This film was given so little time to his character and we are supposed to start caring about him as the main part of the movie evolves around his health and people who try to kill him. There’s no reason to care about any of these characters as they’re lifeless and dull. Javier Bardem character could have been played by anyone; he’s nothing like the James Bond villain we’ve seen before. Finally, there was couple of scenes that were actually pretty intense but then it begins to drag again for half an hour. This movie goes on and on and it’s more and more boring.

Overall, The Gunman is an incredibly disappointing movie.

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