PREVIEW: Sean Penn takes lead role in action flick

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‘The Gunman’ is based of the best-selling novel ‘The Prone Gunman’ and tell the story of an operative who wants to retire from his line of duty. Doing so will require for him to flee to Europe in order to survive threats.
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By Raffaele Fusulan
A&E Editor/Spectator

  1. Director: Pierre Morel
  2. Cast: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Jasmine Trinca, Peter Franzén and Javier Bardem
  3. Release Date: March 20, 2015
  4. Genre: Action/Thriller/Crime/Drama

Martin Terrier, played by Sean Penn, is an international agent that has decided to retire from his career.

Unfortunately for him, his organization doesn’t want to leave and wants to tie up loose ends. This leads Martin to flee to Europe in order to seek refuge.

“The Gunman” is directed by Pierre Morel who also directed “Taken.”

The trailer shows a lot of similarities to Pierre’s previous works.

The action is fast paced and the choreography of the action sequences looks really well executed.

If there is one thing that movies, video games and TV shows have taught us it’s that whenever professional operatives want to retire from their current job, there will always be consequences.

Throughout the trailer, it can be seen how all the operatives were being kept under control the whole time they worked.

As stated by Martin, the organization they are working for is now “clearing” house. The movie is based on the book titled “The Prone Gunman,” so it will be interesting what approach will be taken and how original it’s going to stay to the content.

Retiring from the organization left Terrier exposed and vulnerable, which gave the agency the perfect opportunity to gain some leverage on him by kidnapping his love.

This sounds like the usual cliché, but hopefully the movie is keeping in store a good plot twist to surprise the audience with.

The trailer spoils many action scenes, but leaves the viewer’s wanting more. The gunfights look really stunning and hopefully they will look even better on the big screen once the movie is released.

It is difficult to tell, but it appears that from the trailer, a good portion of the movie will be flashbacks that will uncover the past of Martin and what led him to his decisions.

Many locations are shown throughout the trailer, such as Spain and France.

Taking the action to the European countries is very pleasing because it shows the beauty of other cultures can be incorporated into the movie.

The ending of the trailer is basically, explosions, gunfire and more explosions. Watching the trailer though gives the feeling of already knowing how the movie is going to end so hopefully there is more to it.

Raffaele Fusulan is the A&E editor for the Spectator. He can be reached by (814)732-2266.