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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published April 9th 2015
The Gunman is adapted from the novel The Prone Gunman written by Jean-Patrick Marchette, a French fictional crime writer. It is directed by Pierre Morel and written by Don Macpherson, Pete Travis and Sean Penn.

The Gunman is an action thriller film that will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what's going to happen next, right up until the final credits.

The Gunman. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.


Sean Penn has the starring role as Jim Terrier, a former Special Forces commando now employed for a security firm connected to a mining multi company.

While working for the mining company Jim Terrier has a passionate affair with volunteer doctor Annie (Jasmine Trinca), but unbeknown to her, has done some terrible things in the past and has to go into hiding.

A number of years pass and he returns to Africa, only to find that things have changed and now he has a target on his head and he has to use all his skills as an ex Special Forces commando to keep himself and Annie alive.

Watch out for the shower scene. Photo courtesy of The Gunman Facebook page.


To do this Jim enlisted the help of Stanley (played by Ray Winstone), who once trained Jim as a commando, to find out as much about who is trying to kill him. The information Jim receives from Stanley will lead him from London, to Barcelona, to Gilbraltar

Personally I like Sean Penn as an actor and have watched a number of the movies he has been in.

The ensemble cast includes Jasmine Trinca as Annie; Javier Bardem as Felix; Ray Winstone as Stanley; Mark Rylance as Cox; Idris Elba as Du Pon and Peter Franzen as Reiniger.

Is Cox Jim's friend or foe?. Photo courtesy of The Gunman Facebook page.


Who is Jim pointing the gun at? Photo courtesy of The Gunman Facebook page.


So, if you are like me and you like a movie that has a storyline that is ever changing at every corner and you are thinking in your head "what is going to happen next?"; how did the actors pull off that stunt; and where you don't know what the ending is until just before the credits go up, then the movie The Gunman is for you. Personally I would rate the movie an 8 out of 10.
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Why? Action packed thriller with plenty of twist and turns.
When: From the 16th of April 2015
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