The Gunman

The Gunman

Pierre Morel (2015)

15 Certificate


Our Score
As producer and star of The Gunman, Sean Penn runs away with himself, striking all kinds of action-man poses without ever making a strong impression. He attempts to get director Pierre Morel to do for him what he did for Liam Neeson in Taken except that, as well as lacking the necessary swagger, the gunman he plays is also far from noble. He's an ex-mercenary working for an NGO in Africa, evidently to assuage his guilt for assassinating a minister and throwing the Democratic Republic of the Congo into chaos. When the tables are turned and he's caught in the crosshairs, he shoots his way through Spain to seek help from an old cohort and love rival (Javier Bardem, ripe as Iberico ham), putting the woman he claims to love (Jasmine Trinca) in mortal danger. There isn't much fire between them anyway and her utter helplessness is just another indication of how dated the formula is. This half-cocked shoot-'em-up also squanders the talents of Idris Elba, Mark Rylance and Ray Winstone. With this effort, Penn is way off the mark.


A mercenary goes into hiding after successfully carrying out a hit on an African politician that sparks a series of uprisings and violent acts. He re-emerges years later, only to become the latest target of his former colleagues. Crime drama, starring Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Javier Bardem and Mark Rylance.

Cast & Crew

Jim Terrier Sean Penn
Barnes Idris Elba
Cox Mark Rylance
Annie Jasmine Trinca
Felix Javier Bardem
Stanley Ray Winstone
Reiniger Peter Franzen
Director Pierre Morel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearing, a sex scene.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Mar 2015