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Parents' Guide to

The Gunman

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Overly serious and convoluted Sean Penn action thriller.

Movie R 2015 115 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Way, Way Too Much Objectionable Content for Children of any age

The following things in this R rated movie make it totally unacceptable for a child to be exposed to it. The violence is bloody, gory and frequent, to the point of being sickening. The language is of the worst that is heard in movies today. There are a couple of profane uses of God's name as well. The film also clearly holds up the adultery of the main characters as a really good thing. There is a pretty clear sex scene of the adultery, and there is some nudity elsewhere in the movie.
age 18+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

While it's an admirable attempt by director Pierre Morel at a more grown-up type of entertainment, the movie winds up feeling rather leaden. Morel, best known for his lightweight, fast-paced action films for Luc Besson (District B13, Taken, and From Paris with Love), attempts THE GUNMAN on his own, adding a new kind of weight and seriousness. Penn may be one of the most dedicated and professional actors in the world, but even he can't bring a much-needed vulnerability or warmth to the project.

Not to mention that, though the tone puts more strain on the plot to be tight and relevant, it starts to feel confusing and ridiculous in spots. Morel's action directing is fast paced, but perhaps a bit clunky. His dedication to the actors, on the other hand, is strong, and the great cast members each get moments to shine; stage star Rylance in particular gives what could be a breakout performance. But even so, The Gunman overall isn't quite recommended.

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