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“The Gunman” Review

After a few years away from the cinema, Sean Penn returns as a gun for hire that no longer has the stomach (or head for that matter) for the job in “The Gunman”.


An adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette’sThe Prone Gunman.” Penn stars as Jim Terrier, an international operative who is betrayed by the organization he worked for, and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat and mouse across Europe.

With a ridiculously talented cast (Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Jasmine Trinca, Ray Winstone and Idris Elba) it’s a crying shame this movie is so bloody awful. Now my mother always said if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all…so here’s the nice:

  • There are some decent hand to hand combat and gunfights in some unusual locations, so in all fairness the action is passable.
  • Ray Winstone and Javier Bardem are incapable of having bad performances.
  • Sean Penn is JACKED!
  • Um …ya.

Sorry folks, but that’s it. It truly broke my movie loving heart that a piece of cinema with this gathering of current dramatic powerhouses could fall so short. Massive plot failures, crappy dialogue and half ass performances deflate this film faster than Penn’s arms after his next cycle. Bardem and Winstone try desperately to save multiple scenes, but playing tennis against a swollen unenthused Penn is truly exhausting to watch. Then it seems just to make us even further annoyed, Ibris Elba stops by for literally 3 minutes (probably on his way to his Bond audition) and only makes Penn’s lacking performance seem even more inferior.

The Gunman” is perhaps the largest waste of acting talent I may have ever witnessed…well at least since “Dumb & Dumberer”. Save your cash, rent “Stealth” and while you’re watching it run a cheese grader up and down your thigh…you’ll have a better time.

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