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Film Review: 'The Gunman'

29 March 2015 7:03 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ With The Gunman (2015), Sean Penn becomes the latest inductee into that club slowly being filled by older gentlemen with a particular set of skills. Pierre Morel was a key figure in the meteoric rise of the 'geriaction' genre with his explosive Taken (2008), not only launching Liam Neeson's own brand of ass-kicking but transforming the subgenre from camp silliness to exploitation gold. It's now seven years later and a raft of imitators have tried their hands with varying success, while the Taken series has itself suffered from diminishing returns. If this latest staid entry into the canon is anything to go by, few lessons have been learned in recent times. »

- CineVue UK

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Flickering Myth Podcast Review – The Gunman (2015)

23 March 2015 1:12 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flickering Myth Podcast grabs some guns…

On today’s episode of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Luke Owen, Scott Davis and Rohan Morbey sit down to give their thoughts on Sean Penn’s attempt at “doing a Liam Neeson” with The Gunman, from the director of Taken. The trilogy also discuss the idea of having older action stars and whether this fad is over before its started in the wake of The Gunman bombing at the box office.

See Also: Sean Penn’s The Gunman bombs at the box office

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An adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s “The Prone Gunman.” Sean Penn stars as Jim Terrier, an international »

- Luke Owen

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'Insurgent' vs. 'The Gunman' Proves Box Office Is No Country for Old Men

23 March 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's hard to feel sorry for Sean Penn, but after "The Gunman," which he starred in and produced, got whacked this weekend by "The Divergent Series: Insurgent," maybe a little sympathy is in order. Then again, maybe he's just one more aging male movie star this winter -- after Will Smith, Vince Vaughn, and Liam Neeson -- who's run up against the hard fact that girls and young women are the driving forces behind the box office so far in 2015.

"Insurgent's" success should have been a surprise to no one. It opened with an estimated $54.0 million, only about $600,000 less than the original "Divergent" opened with on this same weekend a year ago. Since the first film, "Insurgent" stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Miles Teller have become bigger draws. Plus, the new movie has a 3D ticket surcharge that the first one didn't. Even if it didn't reach the »

- Gary Susman

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Sean Penn’s The Gunman bombs at the box office

23 March 2015 1:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ever since the release of Taken in 2009, it seems that older actors are trying to jump on board the action train. Sean Penn’s The Gunman is the next stop, but his first attempt has not been overly successful.

Opening to very middling reviews (the film currently holds 14% on Rotten Tomatoes and 39 on Metacritic), The Gunman has opened to just $5 million domestically with no word yet on how it did internationally. The reported budget for the film is $40 million, so this is undoubtedly unfortunate news for the various production companies who financed the movie.

See Also: Movie Review – The Gunman (2015)

This puts The Gunman on par with other 2015 box office flops Mortdecai, Blackhat, Unfinished Business and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and is a fraction of what 3 Days to Kill made last year on its opening weekend – perhaps showing that the popularity of this subgenre has started to fall already. »

- Luke Owen

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Insurgent Takes First Place at Box Office, Sean Penn's The Gunman Flops

23 March 2015 1:32 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

"The Divergent Series: Insurgent" took first place at the domestic box office this weekend with slightly under $54 million, which is almost exactly what the first installment grossed during its opening weekend a year ago. Internationally, "Insurgent" took in another $47 million for a worldwide debut of $101 million. The new movie cost $110 million to make, which means that it will easily become profitable. "Insurgent" has a 32% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Meanwhile, Sean Penn attempted to replicate Liam Neeson's success in the action genre with "The Gunman," which is directed by Pierre Morel (Taken). Unfortunately the film flopped, grossing only $5 million, which was only good enough for fourth place. It is the lowest opening for a Penn movie (in more than 2,000 theaters) ever. It also has a terrible 14% fresh rating. »

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Ya adaptations re-assert their draw as ‘Insurgent’ wins the weekend box office

22 March 2015 3:09 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Robert Schwentke’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second entry in the Divergent franchise adaptation of Veronica Roth’s novels, took home $54 million to rise to the top of the box office on its opening weekend. The opening roughly matches the first weekend total of the film’s prequel, which bowed with $54.6 million. Last week’s box office champion Cinderella saw a drop of nearly 50 percent to end up with $34.5 million over the weekend, landing it in second place, while Jaume Collet-Serra’s newest feature Run All Night saw a similar drop in revenue from last weekend to round out the top three.

Taken director Pierre Morel’s newest action feature The Gunman also made its debut by landing in the top ten, as the Sean Penn-starring film’s $5 million total landed it in fourth place. The other opening weekend film to land in the top ten was Do You Believe? »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Box Office: 'Insurgent' pretty much matches 'Divergent's' $54 million opening

22 March 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Final numbers will tell the true story on Monday, but based on estimates we can confirm the "Divergent" fan based definitely showed up for the the series' second installment this weekend. "Insurgent" took in an estimated $54 million over the three-day compared to the $54.6 million "Divergent" earned a year ago.  Initially, "Insurgent" was behind the original by $1.4 million following Friday's opening day.  On Saturday, however, "Insurgent" actually grossed more than "Divergent did by roughly $220,000 and Lionsgate has the Sunday estimate for "Insurgent" as $870,000 higher than how "Divergent" performed.  That's a bit aggressive and might help the studio with shareholders paying attention to weekend box office reports, but Monday's finals will prove whether the estimate holds or not.  Even if it doesn't, the sequel basically preformed on par with the first film in the franchise.  The results also let the studio know that despite pre-release polling that claimed more men were interested in "Insurgent, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Dye Another Day: Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson’s Three Colors Trilogy

22 March 2015 6:27 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Solid ground doesn’t exist in the cinema of Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson. Theirs is an action cinema of distress where the mental instability of each protagonist blurs the boundaries of seemingly tight spatial parameters. Conflict unfolds violently and manipulatively within manmade (and psychological) bubbles, as vast as the multiple boroughs of New York City or as small as the cramped fuselage of a passenger jet. There is no escape, only the desperate and unflinching pursuit of truth, moral direction, and family safety. The bad guys often win, but the good guys always gain closure.Angular compositions and desperate tracking shots populate 2011’s Unknown, 2014’s Non-Stop, and 2015’s Run All Night. Images overlap, tip, ascend and dive to visualize the world as one big box of quick sand. The camera propels through space like a boomerang, challenging logic and defying gravity with reckless abandon. Every step forward brings us »

- Glenn Heath Jr.

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Box Office: 'Insurgent' keeps Ya movies alive with $21.3 million Friday

21 March 2015 10:14 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Many had hoped that "Insurgent" could improve upon the opening of its predecessor this weekend and signal a big step forward in the franchise.  Based on the film's $21.3 million Friday, they may just have to be satisfied with the status quo.  The second adaptation of Veronica Roth's Young Adult novel series, "Insurgent's" Friday was just behind "Divergent's" $22.7 million a year ago. It eventually ended up with a $54.6 million weekend.  At this point, "Insurgent" will likely earn somewhere between $48-52 million.   Walt Disney's "Cinderella" continued its magic in second place earning another $9.5 million for $97 million in just eight days.  Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the classic fairy tale is well on its way to becoming a very profitable player for the studio. Sean Peen tried to return to action films with Pierre Morel's "The Gunman," but audiences weren't interested.  The thriller is a rare misfire for Open »

- Gregory Ellwood

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'Insurgent' Opens Under 'Divergent''s Numbers; 'Gunman' Another Action Flop

21 March 2015 9:22 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"The Divergent Series: Insurgent" (Lionsgate) scored an easy top position yesterday to dominate the Top Ten with $21.3 million haul (including Thursday preview shows). Though a strong number, it lagged slightly behind the $22.8 million "Divergent" took in exactly one year ago. This differs from the trajectory seen with both the "Twilight" and "Hunger Games" series, where the second entry's initial Friday improved on the opening day take. This is also a bit more disappointing since lead actress Shailene Woodley had a second smash hit "The Fault in Our Stars" last summer to increase her draw. Whatever slight shortfall "Insurgent" showed though is minor compared to the total failure of "The Gunman" (Open Road), a mostly European action production from Pierre Morel, the director of "Taken," with Sean Penn attempting to leap into Harrison Ford/Liam Neeson territory. It managed less than $1.8 million, still »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Film Review: Lack of Cohesiveness, Intrigue Stymies ‘The Gunman’

20 March 2015 9:03 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – If you’re going to see a Sean Penn action movie, I guess “The Gunman” would be appropriate. As he and the filmmakers inject some reality in the usual motivations, the puzzle pieces don’t connect well and in the end are not that interesting. That is not to say that the film is bad.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Sporting a body that he doesn’t mind exposing as shirtless while in his fiftysomething status, Penn is a thinking man’s action hero, part assassin and part humanitarian. It’s rather interesting that he kills someone Lee Harvey Oswald style, but after that the story devolves into a vague revenge on that hit, seemingly seven years later, yet with the same ripples over Sean’s muscly form. There are some good moments, including a booby trap that needs to be reactivated, but overall the movie almost dares you not to care, and the female lead follows suit. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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The Gunman Review

20 March 2015 10:51 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Remember when action movies starred young and enthusiastic Hollywood stars? You'd be forgiven for not being able to remember the last time you went to a cinema and the latest thriller didn't star Liam Neeson. Nowadays action movies are a place for aging stars to try and revitalise a flagging career and try to show off a flair for kicking ass. The latest such star is Sean Penn in The Gunman, a vaguely political thriller from Pierre Morel, director of the movie that started this geri-actioner craze, Taken. I say vaguely political, because as far as story goes, The Gunman is to politics as The Transporter was to the automobile industry. Penn plays Jim Terrier, a grizzled ex special forces working security for a mining company in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He also moonlights as an assassin, and takes on a shadowy job that sees him forced to flee the country, »

- (Dave Higgins)

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Interview: Director Pierre Morel on Sean Penn, Liam Neeson & His Latest ‘The Gunman’

20 March 2015 8:10 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – There were basically two careers for Pierre Morel, before he directed the mega-hit “Taken,” starring Liam Neeson, and afterward. The French-born cinematographer, camera operator and now director is releasing “The Gunman,” an action film that stars Sean Penn. Like “Taken,” the motivations for the action are based in the real world, and “The Gunman” travels to Africa, London and Barcelona on his way to redeeming his soul.

Morel has had an adventurous career, in both European cinema and in notable films, beginning with his days as a camera operator on “The Truth about Charlie” (2002), “The Dreamers” (2003) and “Before Sunset” (2004). He was the cinematographer on “The Transporter” (2002) and Director of Photography on “Love and Other Disasters” (2006). His breakthrough came in 2008, when he directed “Taken.” The film resonated with audiences, and allowed his career to move into a new direction.

Man of Action: Sean Penn in ‘The Gunman,’ Directed by »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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What to Watch This Week: Insurgent, The Gunman

20 March 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Shailene Woodley fights back against the Faction system in this weekend’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent. When we last left them, Tris Prior (Woodley) and her rebel boyfriend Four (Theo James) had broken free of Erudite’s tyrannical rule, as led by Jeanine (Kate Winslet).

Can the Dauntless duo trust the “Factionless” guerilla group led by Evelyn Johnson-Eaton (Naomi Watts) in the sequel, or is it better to just stick with the devil you know?

For those not into the Ya scene, maybe The Gunman will be more your bag. While Liam Neeson is off becoming a target for the mob in Run All Night, his frequent collaborator Pierre Morel, the director of Taken, has buddied up with Sean Penn for this weekend’s The Gunman.

Get the scoop on what The Divergent Series: Insurgent and The Gunman are all about below!


- Cineplex Entertainment

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Movie Review – The Gunman (2015)

20 March 2015 3:29 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Gunman, 2015.

Directed by Pierre Morel.

Starring Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Jasmine Trinca, Mark Rylance, Ray Winstone and Javier Bardem.


A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier’s successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself.

In 2009 director Pierre Morel resurrected Liam Neeson’s career while simultaneously transforming him into an action star that as of late, is simply allergic to playing hard-boiled, down on their luck bad-asses that have a score to settle or someone to protect. You can’t go two months without Liam Neeson invading your local cinema, which makes the accomplishment of Morel’s Taken franchise that much more remarkable. So here we have The Gunman, which doesn’t star Liam Neeson but rather Sean Penn. Why? Maybe they thought lightning would strike twice, »

- Robert Kojder

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The Gunman – The Review

19 March 2015 5:06 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Aloha, Mr. Hand! The grades are in and Sean Penn has not passed his ‘Basic Action Hero’ class. As Penn sneers and scowls his way through the routine globe-hopping hitman adventure The Gunman, his angry, sour puss sucks all of the joy out of every scene. Penn plays Martin Terrier (Martin Pitbull would be more badass!), an ex-special forces operative turned hired hitman working for one of those unnamed outfits that hires ex-special forces operatives turned hired hitmen. He’s good at his job, but he’s one miserable guy and his heart really isn’t into killing. All he wants is some tasty waves, a cool buzz and to settle down with his sweetheart, the French doctor Annie played by Jasmine Trica. Terrier is introduced doing mercenary work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His local connection Felix (Javier Bardem) is the go-between when Terrier is contracted to assassinate »

- Tom Stockman

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Forecast: Will 'Insurgent' Top 'Divergent'?

19 March 2015 4:35 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

The second installment in the Divergent series hits theaters this weekend, and should easily take first place ahead of Cinderella.Meanwhile, The Gunman and Do You Believe? will likely battle for third place with less than $10 million.Opening at 3,875 theaters, The Divergent Series: Insurgent reaches theaters exactly a year after its predecessor. That movie opened to $54.6 million, held well, and closed with $150.9 million. That wasn't at the same level as the first Twilight movie*much less the first Hunger Games movie*but it was still a strong result for a young-adult adaptation.Marketing for Insurgent has positioned it as an intense, action-packed sci-fi thriller, which is noticeably different from the first movie's sci-fi romance sell. There's also been an emphasis on the movie's visual effects sequences, which seem to be more significant this time around. All of this gives off the impression that Lionsgate/Summit is trying to broaden the »

- Ray Subers <>

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The Gunman, film review: Sean Penn's half-cocked hitman fires wide of the target

19 March 2015 2:15 PM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Sean Penn plays a "special forces" contractor who has done some "bad things" in Pierre Morel's half-cocked new thriller. Jim Terrier (Penn) isn't a mobster hitman but he is just as lethal as one. He works for one of those shadowy private companies which operate in the world's danger zones, sometimes carrying out targeted assassinations when Western business interests are threatened. »

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The Gunman, film review: Sean Penn's hitman fires wide of the target in half-cocked thriller

19 March 2015 2:15 PM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Sean Penn plays a "special forces" contractor who has done some "bad things" in Pierre Morel's half-cocked new thriller. Jim Terrier (Penn) isn't a mobster hitman but he is just as lethal as one. He works for one of those shadowy private companies which operate in the world's danger zones, sometimes carrying out targeted assassinations when Western business interests are threatened. »

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Watch The Gunman extended promo: Sean Penn is a hunted man

19 March 2015 1:35 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sean Penn is being hunted in a final television spot for The Gunman.

The geo-political thriller casts Penn as expert assassin Jim Terrier, whose desire to live a quiet life leads his employers to turn against him.

Jim's former superior Felix (Javier Bardem) sets off a massive operation across Europe to take down the spurned assassin at any cost.

The Gunman also features action movie favourites Idris Elba and Ray Winstone in supporting roles.

Director Pierre Morel (From Paris with Love) has adapted the movie from Jean-Patrick Manchette's novel The Prone Gunman.

The Gunman opens on Friday (March 20) in the UK and the Us. »

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