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Plot: 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. Runtime: 115 mins Release Date: 20 Mar 2015
Sean Penn Murdered it Literally!!!!! (by baehr_adam)
Wow I loved this movie it was Superb in my opinion and I never pay attention to critics now-a-days because you can never trust them to a certain degree. I will say that this movie is incredibly well done and filmed. The film is directed by Pierre Morel who directed Taken and From Paris with Love so he a ton of experience with action style movies and it definitely shows. The story is easy to understand and cliché yes but put together nicely and while there is a ton of talking that just makes the action scenes even more desirable in my opinion. The acting was top-notch by Sean and as for Idris <more>
Elba and Javier Bardem they were in it here and there but not much and they did all right but nowhere near there performances of the past. The action is where it is at in this film there are maybe half a dozen action scenes but Phenomenal I must say that had me believe this is definitely an R rated Taken and it shows. I would recommend any fans of Taken and or Casino Royale to watch this movie.
What a wonderful movie, never seen action movie like this, we love "sean Penn" since "state of grace" bravo "Penn", hopefully this movie become the greatest ever, watch this movie and you don't want left your chair, and expected many times will see this movie again, let's go together going to your nearest cinema and feel the spirit of bravery, every man in this world want to see this movie. The whole Human in this planet want to see this one, no matter you are men or women you will like this movie. My brother said "more action and thriller" My <more>
Nephew said "Slow but deadly", when we seen this Movie, all the audience surprised, and want to see again
Like it a little better than The November Man. (by DarkVulcan29)
Sean Penn hopes that The Gunman will do for him, that Taken did for Liam Neeson, playing a man with a deadly set of skills.A former marine sniper Sean Penn who is now living a simple life, but quickly realizing now that he is a hunted man, cause of one of his sins of the past. Will he uncover this conspiracy before it's too late? Not the best film, but at least entertaining. Sean Penn does give a descent performance here, not playing a one dimensional action hero, like Pierce Brosnan in The November Man. He shows he has deal with his actions of his past, that has not been done to many <more>
times. Action scenes are pretty well done. Ray Winstone and Javier Bardem are effective in the there supporting roles. Although Jasmine Trinca is alright, but her chemistry with Penn feels forced. When it slows down, does kind of drag. Still an entertaining film.
A solid action film that is distracted by a social/political agenda (by ginocox-206-336968)
"The Gunman" is an excellent film in many respects. The acting is top-notch, with kudos to Penn, Winstone, Elba and Bardem. Penn looks as buffed and ripped as action stars half his age and handles both the dramatic and the action scenes well. The exotic locales are beautifully photographed. The jiggly-cam shots aren't as distracting as some in films, but are noticeable. Settings, costumes, props, etc., seem very authentic, from the gritty jungle scenes to the posh corporate offices. The central plot is adequate for an action film. It is embellished by several subplots. The <more>
protagonist, Terrier, suffers from incipient dementia, a consequence of spending too many years on the firing line. The corporate greed that fuels the central plot also fuels a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions and the NGO aid programs are sometimes subverted to nefarious ends. A romantic triangle incites various acts of betrayal. The dementia is a complication and an internal obstacle that Terrier must overcome that increases his risk, challenges and likelihood of failure. However, it's not an allegory for his primary objective, so it doesn't seem organic to the plot, as contrasted to "3 Days to Kill" and other films with similar plot devices. The humanitarian crisis in the Congo is so huge as to be mind-numbing. But it is presented in a realistic, detached, objective perspective. It's never shown on a personal level. It's easier to identify with and sympathize with one suffering child or family than ten thousand faceless victims on the other side of the globe. It also distracts from the plot unnecessarily. Terrier's past catches up with him when he returns to the Congo, but it could just as easily have caught up with him in Bagdad or Paris and it might have been more interesting. The romantic triangle works well; however, the film might have been more interesting and compelling if they had stripped away much of the Congo/NGO and dementia and focused more on the Corporate intrigue. We learn of two deaths that occurred entirely off-screen, but it's not clear whether they are part of the same past catching up with Terrier. There are duplicitous characters and an Interpol investigation that are largely on the periphery. We learn more than we need to know about the logistics and mechanics of drilling wells, but aspects of the central plot are given short shrift. Overall, it is an excellent film that could have been much better if the producers had spent less effort giving visibility to the humanitarian crisis, and had instead given the plot a little more attention and complexity. A solid action film that becomes distracted by a social/political agenda
Significantly better than the reviews say (by feelinesound)
Pretty hard to fathom why this film got such a bad rap in the media while too many cheesy formulaic crowdpleasers from the Hollywood hit factory get 4 and 5 stars from well reputed outlets. This is a smart, superbly cast and extremely well shot international thriller - the sort that rarely gets made these days - and why such an intelligent production that actually aims to be credible and somewhat educative scores so much lower with critics than the endless parade of Bonds and Furious 7's with their ridiculous jumping cars and chewed up one liners, I have no idea. For once the story and <more>
script are actually believable, a rarity in modern action cinema, and Penn and Bardem give great performances that are perfectly matched by beautiful dynamic cinematography of a fair few exotic locations.I'm not easy to please with thrillers and action movies but found this one utterly enjoyable.
A solid 7 leaning 8 for a "realistic" action film. (by me-939-335601)
This is my first review. I have finally gotten tired of fake reviewers and haters rating films poorly because they don't like the actor and likely never saw the film. Reviewers are offended because he was working outside without a shirt on or because his shirt sleeves were short? Give me a break. I've seen plenty of 1 and 2 star movies, but, this was not one of them.What I want to know from a review is whether or not a movie is worth watching. I do like action films and I don't dislike Sean Penn. This review comes from that angle.You're not going to find cars jumping between <more>
sky scrapers, people falling 100s of feet and walking away or phony cliffhangers in this film. What you will find is an attempt to show necessary action in a mostly realistic way.Sean Penn's role is more like Rambo than Superman. The action was original, clever and well executed. The dialogue was realistic and the acting was believable.The only reason I didn't give it an 8 or 9 is because I felt it tried to do too much in too little time. That having been said making the movie longer wouldn't have worked because it would have taken 5 hours to do it right. The first 20 minutes could have been its own 2 hour film.That having been said it all made sense. I didn't leave the theater wondering why or how anything happened. I would have cut several of the longer scenes short in order to tell more of the back story.If you are looking for something fun to do on a Saturday afternoon you won't go wrong by seeing this film.
Right off the bat I want to express that I do not believe this film is better or just as great as the first Taken film. I'm giving it a 8 out of 10 simply because I'm going to rate it at least a 7.5 out of 10, meaning I have to round up. Lets be honest, the first Taken movie didn't have a fabulous story, and neither does this. The action in this film though is very impress and kept me more than entertained for the nearly two hour run time. Since the director of the first Taken film directed this movie, you should know the action scenes will be great. They were, and I found myself <more>
loving this film. The following is my review of The Gunman.The Gunman was written by Don MacPherson, with the screenplay by Pete Travis. The story is based on the novel "The Prone Gunman" written by Jean-Patrick Manchette. I have never read this novel, so that let sink in now. Don MacPherson is known for writing the 1998 Avengers film a film that has nothing to do with the Marvel Avengers films . This is actually his first writing credit on a film since that Avengers film way back in 1998. The saving grace if you will has to be Pete Travis, who is well known for the cult hit Dredd which was released back in 2012. He also wrote Endgame and Vantage Point before that. The story itself follows Terrier Sean Penn who we first see on a mission to kill the a leader in the Congo. The film really starts cooking when years later his team in hunted down, but Terrier doesn't know by whom. He goes on a mission to find out as he was once already targeted. The story is fairly simple as you can tell from my easy breakdown of it. Though the story seems average at best, it actually works out very well since Sean Penn delivers an amazing performance. The film opens itself up for tons of great action scenes, and that is the reason most would even be interested in this movie. With some well written characters the story is solid, and an all around good effort.The Gunman was directed by Pierre Morel, who as I mentioned in my opening paragraph directed the first Taken film, he also directed From Paris with Love, and did some work on the Transporter series. The guy knows how to direct some fabulous action scenes, and this is clearly the case in this film. While the story calls for some extra downtime over the course of the nearly two hour film, with the great cast of actors, this flies by nicely and adds a nice aspect to the film. The film stars Sean Penn with other actors like Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, and Idris Elba popping in throughout the film as well. This is a Sean Penn film, and he really does carry the film. When the film switches back to the actions scenes, the film overall is flooded with some great action sequences and some brutal violence. The bigger action scenes look amazing with Morel behind the camera, and his experience really helps on this film. Morel and the amazing cast of actors do a fabulous job in this film, and is truly an excellent action movie.The film was composed by Marco Beltrami, who is known for composing such films as Snowpiercer, The November Man, The Drop, and even composed Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines way back in 2003. His effort on The Gunman is nothing short of great. I found myself really enjoying his overall work from start to finish, especially in the bigger action scenes. This will certainly be a score I listen to over again in the near future. Fans of Beltrami's work will not be disappointed, and leaves all fans wanting more.In closing, The Gunman is a violent action film with amazing action scenes. My biggest complaint would be the story, though it is not bad given the type of film they set out to make, which is an action film similar to Taken. Action movie fans should for the most part enjoy this film, and I highly recommend you seeing this film in theaters. If you happen to be worried about the quality of the film, seeing it at a matinée showing would be your best best, but do not miss this film.7.8/10
"The Gunman" may or may not be Sean Penn's "Taken", but it is very entertaining in its own right. (by CleveMan66)
Pierre Morel knows from action movies – and action movie franchises. The French director helped capture the big screen images we saw in, among other films, "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc" 1999 , "The Truth about Charlie" 2002 and the first two "Transporter" movies 2002 and 2005 . Soon after, Morel graduated to director, helming the original "Taken" 2008 , the movie which reinvented Liam Neeson as an action film star, followed that with John Travolta's "From Paris with Love" 2010 and then "The Gunman". <more>
That's a very good resume – and "The Gunman" is a very good film!Morel's latest globe-trotting actioner stars Sean Penn in his first major big screen role in two years as Jim Terrier, an ex-special forces soldier. He then finds work with the CIA as a member of a security detail protecting employees of NGOs in third world countries like the Congo. Jim's group also has a "parallel mission" of doing financially and politically motivated hits for unknown organizations who are pretty high in the global pecking order. Jim's less than thrilled with his job and suddenly flees Africa, leaving his surgeon girlfriend, Annie Jasmine Trinca , in the care of his boss, Felix Javier Bardem .Eight years later, Jim is a broken man, apparently trying to atone for a past that just can't seem to leave him alone. He suffers from massive headaches and other disorienting symptoms from blows to the head he took while working as a special operator. Emotionally, he's not in much better shape. He hasn't seen Annie since he left her without explanation and he also regrets the things he's done professionally. His answer is to come back to the Congo to help dig wells that will provide the locals with safer and more accessible drinking water. One day, a group of gun and machete-wielding thugs storm the site where Jim is working. They're either really upset about what's coming out of their taps at home, or they have an even more serious beef with him. Jim sets out to discover the reason for the attempt on his life before it's too late. This leads him to reconnect with acquaintances from his past Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance and make new acquaintances Idris Elba , while using his own "particular set of skills" to stay alive long enough to get to the bottom of what's been happening. His quest takes him from the Congo to London, Gibraltar and Barcelona. There are shoot-outs, fight scenes and chases aplenty and the movie gives us one of the more original climactic scenes that I've witnessed in quite a while.For those of us who see a lot of movies, it's tough to make an action movie original and exciting, but Morel is just the guy to do it and "The Gunman" fits the bill quite nicely. Penn brings his usual intensity to the role – while highlighting his personal interest in helping the underprivileged around the world. I personally know someone who saw Penn walking the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti in the weeks following that country's devastating 2010 earthquake. While the action's backdrop makes the story a little political, it also allows for an interesting variety of characters and locales to parade across the big screen. Penn's character's former associates and new enemies are appropriately duplicitous, menacing and ruthless. The fight scenes are well-choreographed and suspenseful, while the main character's medical issues add an unusual and interesting dimension to his situation. I couldn't tell you if this film is meant to be Sean Penn's "Taken", but it is fun and exciting enough to warrant checking out. "A-"