“The Gunman”

Rated R
2 hours
Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The last thing any soldier of fortune needs is a conscience. Sean Penn can’t shake his guilty conscience as “The Gunman”.

In all good conscience, I’d have trouble recommending this bloodthirsty thriller about a globetrotting mercenary, who’s sold his soul to a ruthless multi-national corporation, and now he’s sorry. Penn admits doing bad things. He thought he was helping but it didn’t work out that way.

Neither does “The Gunman” work out too well for moviegoers who demand some substance to their international intrigue to go along with all that head bashing violence. Penn’s character is all too familiar, going from Special Forces hero to assassin for hire.

There’s so much killing going on, “The Gunman” never finds the time to show exactly how big time corporations exploit third world countries.

We only get to see how heavily it weighs on a sensitive soul like Sean Penn’s character, a man in need of a quick fix of redemption.

As an adventure with more on its mind than just a colossal body count, “The Gunman” misses the mark by a mile. But as a low grade shoot ’em up without any real substance, “The Gunman’s” right on target with 2 stars. It’s not exactly Sean Penn’s most glorious two hours.

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