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The Gunman

Rated R 115 minutes 2015

I can imagine Sean Penn agreeing to star in this Taken knockoff on the condition that it educate moviegoers about humanitarian crises in Africa; it does, but the film feels misshapen as a result. Penn plays a retired mercenary still haunted by an assassination he carried out in Congo eight years earlier; when the organization that ordered the hit decides to rub him out, the soldier of fortune goes on the run, kills lots of people in self-defense, etc. Pierre Morel, who directed Taken (2008), delivers something very similar here, alternating between action and rather turgid drama. With Ray Winstone, Javier Bardem, and Idris Elba.

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Director: Pierre Morel

Producer: Andrew Rona, Sean Penn, Ron Halpern, Peter McAleese, Steve Richards, Olivier Courson, Aaron Auch and Adrián Guerra

Cast: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Javier Bardem and Jasmine Trinca


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