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Blu-ray Review: Sean Penn Misses The Target With THE GUNMAN - Movies In Focus
Sean Penn is an intense actor but you’d think he’d lighten up in his first foray into the action genre. However, he never cracks a smile in this well made but rather dour actioner. Taken director Pierre Morel once again takes a dramatic actor and tries to make him into an action hero but Penn just can’t commit like Liam Neeson. It’s a solid attempt but while Penn may have the look – he just takes things way too seriously. Penn is Jim Terrier, a retired assassin who must go back into the game when his past comes back to haunt him. The Gunman plays like a pensionable Jason Bourne, and while Penn is surrounded by a great cast (Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone and Idris Elba) it just doesn’t come together. It might be authentic but it never feels entertaining and you have to feel that Penn is responsible – having co-written and produced the film. It’s like he signed on to make the film and then felt he had to give it some integrity, rather than embracing the genre for what it is. Other ageing action stars would have done this with a twinkle in their eye, while Penn [...]