Directed by: Jessy Terrero
Cast: 50 Cent, Malik Barnhardt, Paul Calderon, Val Kilmer
Running Time: 1 hr 22m
Due Out: January 4, 2011
PLOT: As gun-running guru (50 Cent) attempts to maintain control of the Detroit firearms market, his adversaries attempt to put him out of business.
WHO’S IT FOR? Fans of 50 Cent. Firearm enthusiasts.
This is amateur hour as brought to you by Director Jessy Terrero (Soul Plane). Aside from decent acting performances by 50 Cent and Val Kilmer, everything about this film reeks amateur. The story, the dialog, the characters, the filming locations, the pacing, the camerawork, the editing, the score, the extras, the craft services, all amateur. It was particularly painful at times to sit through this one. The film did have a few saving graces however, earning it slightly higher than the dreaded 1/10 movie score.
Those saving graces being: 1) I’ve always been a big fan of Val Kilmer, and he put in a stoic but spirited performance here. Val’s looking a little rugged and heavy these days, and convincingly past his prime as an alpha male, but he still holds his weight as an actor, and I enjoyed watching him play through his character’s ex-con angst. 2) 50 Cent is charismatic, and I enjoyed his performance as well. His smile and carefree cockiness blended nicely with his harsh criminality, forming a fairly complex character (considering the territory). 3) The film’s only substantial female character, 50 Cent’s love interest, was played by Annalynne McCord, and I appreciated her presence. She looked a bit like a sexed-up shard of white chocolate, with the excessive amounts of makeup and airbrush applied, but I found her quite easy on the eyes all the same. The gratuitous sex scene between she and 50 Cent was seemingly inserted only to give 50 Cent a “fun day at the office.” A friend with whom I was watching the film made the following remark just after the wanton love scene, “that just didn’t do it for me.” I’d take that sentiment and extrapolate it to Gun in its entirety.
The film’s ending sets up the possibility of a sequel, which might please fans of 50 Cent, but I believe the best thing Director Jessy Terrero could do at this point is hit the reset button and start over on something fresh. Chalk this one up to a learning experience.
MOVIE SCORE: 3/10