Jean-Paul’s Rating: 1/5 stars
Bottom Line: A convoluted mess of a movie. Some good action interspersed between confusing plot points. Sean Penn did this movie to show off his awesomely sculpted 55 year old body and his deep concern for Africa.
See Sean Penn. See Sean Penn assassinate a Democratic Republic of Congo high-level minister. See eight years elapse. See Sean Penn care about Africa. Care, Sean Penn, care! See people attempt to kill Sean Penn. See Sean Penn run. Run, Sean Penn, run!
Thus sums up “The Gunman”. Sure, there’s more to it. There’s a highly accomplished female doctor turned wallowy damsel-in-distress. There’s a weird sub-plot involving Sean Penn’s character’s brain damage. There’s a mystery appearance by Idris Elba which I’m still trying to figure out. There’s also a lot of boring.
The biggest problem is nobody’s motivation is ever quite clear. People are going through a whole lot of trouble and manpower to kill Sean Penn, but none of it ever seems worth it given the stakes. As the movie comes to its final confrontation, it’s as if the director recognized this and threw in the most ridiculous final chase scene in movie history. It involves a crowded bull ring and the main villain being gored by a bull. I am not really spoiling anything by saying that as they foreshadow it happening for a good ten minutes before it occurs.
Leave this one alone. It’s not even worth your time to watch in the comfort of your own home. Unless, I suppose, you’re absolutely desperate for some sculpted Sean Penn torso, I guess. Sure, the action scenes are kind of well done, but the lead up to them is not worth your effort.