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The Gunman

Sean Penn goes the late-act action-star route and ends up shooting blanks

Sean Penn in 'The Gunman.'

Sean Penn in 'The Gunman.'

Joe Alblas

No knock on Sean Penn for aping Liam Neeson and going all Action Jackson on us. At 54, Penn looks ripped and ready. As a producer, he hired Taken director Pierre Morel, found great actors (Javier Bardem, Idris Elba), co-wrote the script about Jim Terrier, an ex-mercenary atoning for past sins in the Congo, and — oh, why go on? The Gunman degenerates into dreary setups for guns and gore. Penn merits more. So do we.


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