This weekend, Sean Penn plays with guns.
|"Sorry, folks. I just never age.|
Don't hate me."
The first fifteen minutes has a shared thematic commonality with Blood Diamond and maintains a dirty, dingy feel that is captivating and distinct. From then on, the film rushes to jump from country to country as we're led through an onslaught of underdeveloped antagonists and confusing story points that never really add up. However, Pierre Morel (director of the original Taken) does succeed at creating an interesting character in Sean Penn's Terrier. Unlike most of the other stars that have tried a late career genre jump, Penn never uses one liners, stays true to form, and brings a sincere and calculated performance to the screen. If not for the strangely rendered mid-section of The Gunman, this product could have given Penn a new dynamic lease on life as a movie star.
|"I'm looking for Republicans?|
Are you one?"
If you're looking for beginning to end shooting or a two hour throat bashing excursion into the realm of Bourne, this is not it. There are highs that take The Gunman into some great territory and there are lows that abolish any sense of continuity. This is a mediocre effort on the part of a director that's trying to recreate some of his Taken cred and a solid attempt by Penn to try and crack a new type of role. Go in with low expectations and you just might enjoy this one......a little.