Dennis A. Amith
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From the director of "Soul Plane" Jessy Terrero and the hip hop star Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson comes "GUN", a 2010 independent film which showcases 50 Cent not only as an actor but the main screenwriter for the film.
"GUN" is presented in 1080p High Definition (Widescreen 2:35:1). I wish there was special features included because the picture quality has this look of overcast (it was shot during the Winter time) and looks a bit desaturated at times. But for the most part, it fits with the film. Black levels are deep, I didn't see any artifacting or banding. But overall, if the desaturated look was intended by cinematographer Zeus Morand, then I can say that "GUN" looks good on Blu-ray.
Considering this is a low-budget film, "GUN" looks good on Blu-ray.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
"GUN" sports an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack. While the majority of the film is dialogue and music-driven through the center, front and even surround channels, possibly the best part is how the gun battles were used. Although the film is not action-driven throughout the film, there are scenes were rifle shots, gun shots come out with excellent clarity. Even scenes where Fifty Cent keeps hitting a man between legs with a baseball bat, the crunching sounds and the visual of that scene literally makes you cringe.
Subtitles are presented in English SDH and Spanish.
"GUN" does not come with any special features.
Hip hop star 50 Cent makes his debut as a screenwriter for his latest film "GUN", which he produced and stars in. While his heart was in the right place in capturing arms deals, this low-budget film is hampered by plot holes, utilization of characters and overall execution. Otherwise, if you are a fan of Fifty Cent, Val Kilmer or the stars in this film, give it a chance.
But with a film shot under $3 million, it was an ambitious film and there's only so much you can do.
In an interview for "GUN", Fifty Cent said. "Initially when I started the plot, it was a socially conscious story about how guns go from the manufacturing point to retail and purchased by law-abiding citizens and how they fall into the wrong hands. And what made it interesting and so relevant...was the fact that companies like Smith & Wesson are up 125 percent in sales in the middle of a recession."
For gun enthusiasts, I'll give 50 Cent credit because he knows the streets, he knows how things are done. But the problem lies in execution. The Detroit police department are shown as weak, that the mayor is so impatient that he brings two members of the ATF to shake things up and get things done.
While the police are complaining that they don't have anything on Rich, the things that comes out of Detective Rogers' (played by James Remar) lips are unbelievable and once again, he and his force look so weak, you just feel sorry for them as they seem like a small town police force trying to take down big city players.
I felt that Fifty Cent at least did a good job playing Rich but the others... Val Kilmer was good but somehow when we start to learn more about him, that cool and collected man suddenly changes to become something less. I don't know how to explain it but he goes from a man that can easily put a bullet in someones head to later become a man who starts to whimper. But I think the biggest thing that will shock people about "GUN" is seeing the once sexy Val Kilmer that people remember from "Top Gun", "Willow", "Heat" or "Batman Forever" having changed a lot physically since those films and has gained a lot of weight and unfortunately, his acting is all over the place for this film. I have seen better acting from Val Kilmer and this film was not one of them.
Both actors Danny Trejo ("Machete", "xXx"), LaLa Vasquez ("You Got Served"), John Larroquette ("Night Court", "Boston Legal") are limited to short roles and unfortunately, we barely see Danny Trejo doing anything major shooting, LaLa Vasquez is just a person who works at a restaurant and John Larroquette plays the man who is supplying the weaponry is only shown at the end and unfortunately, because of that, there is no major impact to the end of the film.
The film also stars "90210' sexy vixen AnnaLynne McCord who plays Rich's girlfriend and the go-between between Rich and the weaponry suppliers. Although she can do sex scenes with 50 Cent, her character as the go-between for weaponry, just didn't seem right.
This week I had a chance to review T.I.'s "Takers" and now Fifty Cent's "GUN". Two hip hop stars trying to make it big in live action films as a producer and an actor and one thing that T.I. did right with his film is align himself with people to make sure the writing is top notch. For "GUN", I wonder if anyone even gave Fifty Cent constructive criticism to make some changes to the screenplay. I felt that Fifty Cent's heart was in the right place for the screenplay, but the overall execution was hurt by bad acting, storyline structure and a lackluster Blu-ray release.
This Blu-ray release should have had some form of special features which sometimes helps enhance our movie watching experience, may it be a commentary or making of, this would have been a great film for Fifty Cent to talk about the screenwriting process and such. But nothing was included.
During the screening of the film back in December (and reported on the The Grand Rapids Press), Fifty Cent told the audience before the film, "I'm a work in progress. I'll be better tomorrow than I am today."
"GUN" is one of the three films that 50 Cent has written and I just hope that by the second film, what he learned from the making of this film as a producer, writer and actor shows improvement for his next film. We all live and learn from our experiences and although "GUN" is not a good film, nor is it a good Blu-ray release, I look forward to see how he improves in the future.