Penn looks buff, but 'Gunman' shoots blanks

March 20, 2015 7:05 AM

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Penn looks buff, but 'Gunman' shoots blanks

AT LEAST for an hour or so, "The Gunman" looks like it might be pretty good - a well-made, politically aware action thriller that makes up for its generic plotting with an outstanding cast and sharp, keenly observed atmospherics.

Before it flies fatally off the rails, Sean Penn fuses seamlessly with his character, a sharpshootin' international-aid worker named Jim Terrier, whose macho bona fides and pugnacious idealism play perfectly into Penn's off-screen persona.

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