Ever since Liam Neeson proved that older action stars can indeed still lower the population rate of any Eastern-European country that they happen to be in, there’s been an influx of films starring former asskickers with specific skills raising all kinds of hell. Some are great (Taken, John Wick) and some are just terrible (Taken 3, The November Man) paint by number action flicks cashing in on a trend. Colour me intrigued then, as Sean Penn’s The Gunman actually looks like a proper promising, if somewhat generic, take on the genre.
In THE GUNMAN, Sean Penn stars as a former special forces soldier and military contractor suffering from PTSD. He tries to reconnect with his long time love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name.
The Gunman is out on March 20th and also stars Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca and Mark Rylance. Pierre “Taken” Morel directs, and hopefully bottles some of that lightning magic twice.
Last Updated: January 21, 2015