What happened to Val Kilmer’s career? After “Batman
Forever” it seemed like he was sure to continue to make
bigger, better pictures. Instead, his career seemed to peak
with “The Doors” and his career plateau occurred quite early.
It’s too bad because he’s a terrifically underrated actor
who deserves to be in better garbage than this. ***
“Gun” is the type of film that would have been a basic
cable movie back in the day on a third or fourth rate network.
While the film looks handsome enough with nice production
values, the film itself is pretty badly written. Curtis
Jackson better known as the rapper “50 Cent” wrote this
as a starring vehicle for himself. I’d suggest a few writing
classes before penning a second screenplay next time. Packed
with every cliché you can imagine, “Gun” isn’t any worse
than his direct-to-video DVD “Before I Self Destruct” and
given that this is his second film you’d think he would
display some of what he learned about writing. ***
50 Cent stars as Rich the title illegal firearms dealer
in Detroit. When Rich and his crew accidently kill an innocent
bystander when they try and take out their main competitor,
he finds himself being pursued by detectives (the marvelous
James Remar best known for “Dexter” and Paul Calderon).
Meanwhile Angel (Val Kilmer) an ex-con has served his
time and gets released only to find that his wife is dead
(she was the innocent bystander). Coincidence serves Angel
well since he once saved Rich and he turns to Rich for a
job. We see lots of gunfights, big explosions and absurdly
done over-the-top scenes that makes you wonder if 50 Cent
was shooting (pardon the pun) for parody. It’s pretty clear
that he isn’t or if he is, he doesn’t understand what satire
is. I hope that Remar and Kilmer were well paid. ---
Image & Sound:
“Gun” receives a solid enough transfer to Blu-ray.
Detail is solid throughout and blacks are fairly solid throughout.
For all of that though the film doesn’t have much depth
but looks solid enough. ***
Audio sounds quite nice with a technically proficient
lossless soundtrack. ---