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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Gunman: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

We had high hopes in this film because of Pierre Morel; the man who reinvented Liam Neeson as one of the top guns when in comes to action films. He is the man behind Taken and now backing up Sean Penn in The Gunman. He hopes that he can repeat the same formula and replicate the  success of his Taken masterpiece. 

Jim Terrier (Sean Penn) is a sniper on an assassination squad working for an unknown client. Their latest mission is to eliminate the government minister of mines in the Republic of Congo. The assassination was made, which forced him to leave the continent to protect himself leaving his girlfriend clueless on what is going on. Years have passed; Jim is back at Congo to work for an NGO, but founds himself as a target connected to their operation in 2006. Soon, Jim seeks for the people who put the bounty on his and tries to reconnect with his old team to search for some answers.

Pierre Morel is quite fun in terms of making an action film, but The Gunman lacks enough fire power to be an enjoyable popcorn flick. The film is quite bloated and mostly revolves around in explaining things that really don't matter. Sean Penn is a great actor, but the role doesn't fit him too well. He lacks in charm and charisma which a lead star supposed to have. They have also given Penn, Jasmin Trinca as his leading lady that's a little awkward to see especially when they are flirting in their scenes. The talented supporting cast also comes to waste with Idris Elba, Ray Winstone and Javier Bardem having a little material they can work with. 
Overall, The Gunman didn't fully capitalize on its material. It failed to deliver a decent action film that we expected from Director Pierre Morel. It should have cut the slack off and boosted it up with more action scenes to spice and heat it up. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 3.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Jasmin Trinca

Director: Pierre Morel
Distributed by: OctoArts Films International
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