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The Gunman (2015)

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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.

Director:

Pierre Morel

Writers:

Jean-Patrick Manchette (novel), Don MacPherson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Terrier
Jasmine Trinca ... Annie
Javier Bardem ... Felix
Ray Winstone ... Stanley
Mark Rylance ... Terrance Cox
Idris Elba ... Barnes
Peter Franzén ... Reiniger (as Peter Franzen)
Billy Billingham Billy Billingham ... Reed (as Sir Billy Billingham)
Daniel Adegboyega ... Bryson
Ade Oyefeso Ade Oyefeso ... Eugene
Alejandro Talavante Alejandro Talavante ... Bullfighter
Florian Barisey Florian Barisey ... Village Boy
Ismael Tunkara Ismael Tunkara ... Village Boy
Amara Tunkara Amara Tunkara ... Village Boy
Rachel Lascar ... Camille
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A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, working for an unknown client, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's (Sean Penn's) successful kill shot forces him to go into hiding to protect himself and the members of the team from retribution. This includes abruptly abandoning his girlfriend who has no idea what is going on. The assassination, paid for by a foreign mining company, triggers wide spread chaos and death in an already inflamed Congo. Terrier returns to the Congo years later working for an NGO, but eventually finds himself to be the target of a paid hit squad somehow connected to the ministers assassination. This leads to immediate deaths and the endangerment of the people working around him, and forces him back into hiding. In trying to discover who has put a price on his head, he begins to reconnect to the members of his old assassination team, including his old girlfriend. Always aware there is no path to redemption for his crimes, he is also periodically ... Written by RSailor

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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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USA | Spain | UK | France

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prone Gunman See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,028,702, 22 March 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,640,645, 26 April 2015
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Dolby Atmos

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Second movie where 'Javier Bardem' plays a character named Felix. The other is Collateral (2004). See more »

Goofs

When Annie and Stanley have been captured, she is seen lying on the floor with her white shirt pulled open. A moment later, when they pan back to her, she has another shirt on pulled down past her shoulders. See more »

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[first lines]
News Anchor: The Democratic Republic of Congo is the scene of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.
News Anchor: In what is being described as the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, millions of people have been killed. Massacres and rape, routinely used as weapons of war, have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.
News Anchor: For years, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations, NGOs, have been providing humanitarian relief in an ...
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Referenced in Blindspot: Pilot (2015) See more »

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Composed and Produced by Marco Beltrami (ASCAP)
Co-Produced by Buck Sanders
(P) 2014 Pianella Music, Inc.
(C) Studiocanal (SACEM / SABAM)
Courtesy of Marco Beltrami & Pianella Music, Inc.
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Engaging, but only in parts!
25 June 2015 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Based on the novel The Prone Gunman, by Jean-Patrick Manchette, 'The Gunman' is a decent action-thriller, that's engaging, but only in parts. While the action has sharpness to it, the thriller aspect doesn't entirely work.

'The Gunman' Synopsis: 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.

'The Gunman' begins with force, but loses momentum mid-way. I wasn't rooting for the hero on the run, after a point. Also, the identity of the culprit, lacks the bite & offers no shock value. Its predictable to the core. But, the action-sequences work! Not only are they sharply choreographed & executed, they also lend toughness to the narrative.

Don Macpherson, Pete Travis & Sean Penn's Screenplay is okay. Though it isn't without merit, it still isn't powerful enough. Pierre Morel's Direction is stylish. Cinematography is impressive. Editing is ordinary. Marco Beltrami's Score is fine.

Performance-Wise: Sean Penn delivers a committed performance, yet again! He enacts the protagonist with complete honesty & his striking physique stands out. He looks terrific here! Jasmine Trinca is nicely restrained. Javier Bardem looks jaded & least interested in the goings-on. Ray Winstone is, as always, competent. Mark Rylance is fair. Idris Elba is wasted.

On the whole, 'The Gunman' is a so-so fare.


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