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The Gunman (2015)

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Eight years after carrying out the assasination of a DRC minister, a former special forces soldier is working in the Congo drilling wells, when he is attacked by gunmen. He survives but must travel to Europe to question his former contacts, one of whom has married his girlfriend, in order to find out the reason for the attack. He has information and must use it in order to keep the former girlfriend alive and his own survival more likely.


We are introduced the the distressing situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an assassination takes place, the gunman travels about in Europe and there follow a number of firefights with a variety of firearms and edged weapons in a variety of Spanish locations, which he survives but only just. The finale takes place during a bullfight. There is a bit of drinking, quite a bit of smoking some almost nudity and implied sex.

A View I admit to never having been a Sean Penn fan, but surely this must have been his all time low in what seems to be a Sly Stallone role, but played as if he has had a stone in his left shoe for  a couple of years. The critics disliked it, generally considering it to be an unsuccessful attempt by an ageing actor to become an action hero, so not really a watch even for nothing.
Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A 1982 novel “The Prone Gunman” by Jean-Patrick Manchette.
Director Pierre Morel
Writers/Script Don MacPherson, Pete Travis, Sean Penn
Starring Sean Penn, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Idris Elba
Additional Info Cost about $40 million and lost most of it. The actor was to go on to direct a movie about romance in the same geographical area, with a similar lack of success.

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