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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not Terrible but not great. Acting and plot are pretty lame.Jan. 6 2011
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Police in Detroit are looking for a stolen revolver used in a murder a few years ago. Rich (Jackson) and Angel (Kilmer) are crime partners involved with the distribution of arms. Overall better then I expected it to be, (50 Cent wrote it). We find out pretty early that Rich is the one with the revolver and from then on it gets pretty predictable. For the type of movie it is, I will give it a 6 out of 10, but don't let that deceive you, it's better then Streets of Blood (the last Jackson and Kilmer movie) but thats not saying a whole lot. If you are looking for a top notch, exciting action flic I'd go with A-Team over this one. I will say that this is Kilmer's best movie in awhile, which again isn't saying a whole lot. I give it a C+.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
NOT THAT BADFeb. 26 2011
The Movie Guy
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The movie was written, produced, and starred Curtis 50 cents Jackson as a Detroit gun dealer. In the first scene there is a strip joint with pole dancers who keep their clothes on. A hit is done outside the joint as Jackson kills his competition in the drug trade. The Mexican Cartels need lots of high powered guns, which Jackson claims he will provide. His connection is the pretty Annalynne McCord who also has sex with Jackson, the author of the script. Meanwhile Val Kilmer is being released from prison and goes to work for Jackson, a man who he once saved in a street shoot out. Danny Trejo is on the screen for about 3 minutes, nothing to write home about.
The cops along with their rival, the ATF are after the gun dealers. Their role was done rather poorly while the thugs was done well, a reflection of what 50 cents really knows well. Hip-hop background music, no surprise. No nudity, quick sex scene, multiple MF and F bombs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Rated LOW because violent but actually a GREAT ACTION videoApril 21 2011
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The story line is simple. They are looking for a stolen revolver used in a murder. I saw it as creating a STONE COLD KILLER looking for revenge for the killing of his wife while being forced to help the police. The main action involved a police captain forcing our "hero" to become a snitch. To do this he had to risk his life to prevent the captain from framing him sending him to jail and not being united with his daughter. There is definitely more killing than a Stallone movie but the action is exciting and I like the ending. .
Not the worst, but still not worth the time.Feb. 23 2011
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'Gun,' which was written by Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson and directed by the guy who did 'Soul Plane' (need I say more?), tells the story the city of Detroit's crackdown on a gun-running organization run by the criminal Rich (Fitty Cent). Rich then teams up with his friend Angel (Val Kilmer) to expand business. This leads to even more problems beyond his business. . .
First things first, most people will be drawn to this film based on the supporting cast. While Val Kilmer is on a serious run of crap movies (joining the ranks of formerly talented stars like Cuba Gooding, Jr.), he still maintains at least a mild following, even if his last solid flick was 'Déjà Vu' a half-decade ago (okay, 'Felon' was also pretty good, so I'll let that pass as well). Alongside Kilmer, 'Gun' also includes a few other well known actors like John Larroquette, James Remar, & Danny Trejo (though Remar is the only one of the bunch who is featured enough throughout). Regardless of the reasonably notable cast, 'Gun' doesn't have a lot to offer. Now, it's not the total disaster that one would expect from the writer/director combination. Keep in mind, 50 Cent grew up in a life of crime with a teenage coke dealer for a mother (who was murdered when 50 was only twelve), and his own time as a dealer in both guns & drugs before he became a rapper. Therefore, he's pretty well versed in street crime, so he knows how to set up a realistic story about it. Unfortunately, even though the story does have the gritty realism of the Detroit crime world. . . it's just not implemented well by director Jessy Terrero at all. Not to mention that the overall story is completely overdone and the "twists" are anything but shocking from the early parts of the film. This makes for a bit of a lag in the thrills of the crime, and a total lack of surprise by the end.
Overall, the film isn't a complete & utter disaster. The story is interesting enough to maintain interest, but the director's failure to fully exploit the dark themes forced the film to fail. To be honest, a story chronicling 50 Cent's ridiculous life story seems like it'd be a hell of a lot more interesting than any of the movies he stars in.
Final Verdict: 5/10.
Blu-ray: 50 Cent takes on the role of screenwriter/actor for "GUN". OK film, Blu-ray has no special features at all.Jan. 29 2011
[KNDY] 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.