Hey folks, Valkor here. This next review comes with many thanks from the folks over at Image Entertainment, whom I welcome with open arms into the Val-Cave. The first flick sent to us from their repertoire, 50 cent's "Gun", didn't appeal to me from its title or the actor who stars in it at first. Though pacing is a bit slow, it is entertaining.
In Gun, Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent stars as Rich, an urban arms dealer who can get the goods and move em with the quickness, making him a kingpin of sorts. He's paired up with Angel (Val Kilmer), recently released ex-con who has some history with Rich. Angel quickly rises through the ranks and together the two set out to make a huge arms deal, with supplier and side booty Gabriella (Anna Lynn McCord) acting as middle man… er… woman. But the police are cracking down on their business, plus there's hint of a snitch in the mix. And when Rich finds out who it is, it will rock his world.
Honestly, there are no surprises here (but I won't spoil the film, but the trailer below will); you'll know what's going on as the film plays out. And as far as extras are concerned – there are none to be found on this single disc DVD, which is a-ok in my book. So, what do I honestly think of 50's recent film foray?
It wasn't as painful as I thought it would be and Gun actually held my attention the entire way through. First off the story is a simple "good triumphs over evil" tale, with a touch of a twist that's not as shocking as the box synopsis makes it out to be, but it will grab you when it happens. This would mark my first 50 cent film and I'll admit, again, not as painful as I would have thought. The brotha has come a long way from "Wanksta", becoming a successful entrepreneur and music mogul. Now he looks to conquer the acting world too. And Gun is a step in the right direction, because he gets to simply be himself more or less, which works in his favor. Val Kilmer brings what's left of his A-Game to the table, having not much to do but stand around, look clueless, and pop off a baddie here and there. What happened to Batman Forever Kilmer? The rest of the cast help carry the film successfully and I was especially pleased with the appearance of John Larroquette. I love this guy in almost everything he does and Gun is no exception.
First there's the pacing, which is way slower than it need be. I would have liked some scenes to have been tightened or cut all together, especially the love scene between Rich and Gabriella. It's nice that we establish their relationship, but honestly, we didn't need it. I think the film would have been more suspenseful had we've known from the door who the snitch was, rather than wait for it, adding a touch of a survivor story in the mix. Oh and needs more action. What we get is pretty decent, but I want more bang bang shoot em up. Finally the dialogue could have used some touching up; one more time, not painful, but… yea, definitely could have used some sprucing.
50 cent's bare ass, but no Anna Lynn boob shot? COME ON PEOPLE!
Overall Gun didn't entirely disappoint and fans of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (or even those just wanting something good to watch), should definitely invest in this one. The film is an entertaining piece carried by stellar performances, making Gun a hit with me. And out TOV 5 stars, I give Gun a 3. Not bad and I definitely look forward seeing what else 50 has in the works.