The Gunman is a French-American action thriller film. It was directed by Pierre Morel and written by Don Macpherson, Pete Travis and Sean Penn. The movie was based on the novel The Prone Gunman; the original French title being “La position du tireur couché”, by Jean-Patrick Manchette. The film was released on March 20, 2015 by Open Road Films.
The cast of the movie was comprised of Sean Penn as Jim Terrier, Jasmine Trinca as Annie, Javier Bardem as Felix, Ray Winstone as Stanley, Mark Rylance as Cox, Idris Elba as Jackie Barnes, Peter Franzén as Reiniger, Billy Billingham as Reed, Daniel Adegboyega as Bryson and Ade Oyefeso as Eugene.
The film is about Jim Terrier (Penn), a hired gun who assassinates the Minister of Mining of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006 on receiving orders from multinational mining companies. Eight years after escaping the Congo following his assassination of that country’s minister of mining, now a former assassin Jim Terrier (Sean Penn) is suffering from PTSD and digging wells to atone for his violent disgraceful criminal past. He finds himself and the people close to him on the target of a squad of hitmen sent by a power multinational company. After an attempt is made on his life, Terrier goes to London to find out who and why someone sent the hit squad and wanted him dead. Terrier’s search leads him to a reunion with Annie (Jasmine Trinca), a woman he once loved, who is now married to an oily businessman (Javier Bardem) with dealings in Africa. The movie focuses on him as he must fight to stay alive.
The movie received generally negative views from the critics as the movie had a much uninspired plot and was composed of mainly rote set pieces which were bitterly overshadowed by the star’s physique. The movie was said to be a jumbled misfire. But critics admired Penn’s acting throughout the movie as he depicted himself haunted by his mercenary past, although critics said that Sean Penn will have to wait for a better project if he wants to be next Laim Neeson. Moreover, Penn couldn’t stick to his tough guy look for much long.
On The Box Office
By April 26, 2015, The Gunman had grossed $15.4 million, against a budget of $40 million. The film grossed $5 million in its opening weekend and finished 4th at the box office.