Kidnapping a pregnant surrogate mother for ransom, Longbaugh and Parker find they may have bitten off more than they can chew when the gangster father sends his men to get the woman back. As the group waits in Mexico for the ransom, things get even more complicated as the bullets start flying.
Ryan Phillippe (Parker), Benicio Del Toro (Longbaugh), Juliette Lewis (Robin), Taye Diggs (Jeffers), Nicky Katt (Obecks), Geoffrey Lewis (Abner), Dylan Kussman (Painter), Scott Wilson (Hale), James Caan (Joe), Kristin Lehman (Francesca).
The Way of the Gun starts off with some background before smoothly rolling into the main plot. The story isn’t exceptionally unique, or even surprising, but is fairly solid. What makes this film interesting is the strange relationship between Longbaugh and Parker, such as how they often communicate without talking or how they seem to fumble into bad situations only to do exactly what is needed to get out of them. The story is easily anticipated but moves along at a good pace with a few twists thrown in to ensure interest is kept.
Acting was interesting if not good with Del Toro and Diggs doing very nicely. Phillippe was okay, it just didn’t seem like a role that fit him well. Lewis was pretty good being once again in-type with a quirky, psychotic role. Caan and Lewis were a nice surprise and added good depth to the film.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were fairly well done and the film appears to have had a decent budget. Physical effects and stunts were nicely done, particularly the gun battles. Dialogue was good if a bit strange at times. Sound and soundtrack were both well done.
Overall The Way of the Gun is an interesting Crime Action film. Dialogue and direction are somewhat unusual adding a different flavor to the film despite the predictable story. Most people will probably either hate this one or love it with action fans enjoying it the most.
With plenty of violence, gore, foul language, and some sexuality save this one for older teens and above.
The Way of the Gun is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
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