Trailer for Sale or Rent: The Gunman | Pittsburgh City Paper

Trailer for Sale or Rent: The Gunman

This film was not screened for critics locally, so we took a look at the trailer.

Film: The Gunman
Opening Date: Fri., March 20
Stars: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Idris Elba (British version)
Necessary Info: “From the director of Taken”; a good guy who acted like a bad guy now has to act super-bad to take out the bad guys trying to kill him, a.k.a. the Noble Assassin’s Sad Tale

Sample dialogue: Penn, pointing a gun: “Then we got nothing left to talk about.”

Trailer Analysis: Not helpful for plot — seems like Penn is an assassin who now has to be killed to cover up something, so he gets to work killing first. Javier Bardem plays a smirky bad guy, and is sporting his first normal hairdo in years. Penn is all beefed up, but his face looks like he washes with sandpaper; no wonder the trailer has two scenes of him looking mournfully in mirrors. Only woman featured is shown: dressing, in bed, kidnapped. Lots of whispery threats. Mostly standard selection of weapons: huge gun, small gun, fist, machete, knife, grenade, bull (maybe).

Based on these 2:17 minutes, should you go? If you regret missing Taken 3 earlier this year