Bland film that attempts to give Penn a late career 'Taken' like boost but fails to pull it off. Geopolitical concerns take the backseat to generic gunplay and violence. Performance wise nobody really shines save Mark Rylance who is so much better than the material.
It felt like a very grounded in reality American Bond flick. The cast was kind of too good for the story. It was all well done, just not super memorable. Everything was presented in that not-spoonfeeding anything, realistic tactical procedure sort of way and that's cool, but it can also make you feel like you're only hearing half of what's going on. It's good, just sort of dull and leaves you wanting to like it more.
Penn is dead watchable and is convincing in battle... so there's that. The film is an amalgamation of so many films before it which makes it dull dull dull dull dull dull dull dull doubley-dully-wully.
Clearly a vehicle for Penn to raise the profile of his humanitarian interests. The Gunman is a geopolitical thriller with all the right moves but fails with it's intentions. Shot stylistically like a YSL ad but with a UN flavour, The Gunman is the celluloid equivalent of Angelina Jolie, where two polar opposites clash to generate rolling eyes & hushes of ''what's your real motive here?" Beautiful aerial shots though.