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The Gunman | 2015 | R | - 6.7.8

A man (Sean Penn) working for a private security agency in Congo assassinates a government official and is forced to flee and remain in hiding. When he returns he realizes that he is now a target for assassination. Also with Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca. Directed by Pierre Morel. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman (she is married to another man) kiss passionately, and they fall into bed where they have sex (we see her thrusting on top of him as they kiss and breathe rhythmically).
 A man and a woman lie in bed sleeping (sex is implied) and the woman gets up wearing a loose fitting shirt that shows her bare thighs to the hip, panties and a glimpse of her bare breast as she pulls on pants; the man is bare-chested. A man hugs a woman and kisses her on the cheek while talking about wishing that she could love him (she is involved with another man). A man pulls his pants down and flashes his bare buttocks at another man (we see marks on each cheek; perhaps tattoos). A man showers and we see his bare side to the hip, chest and abdomen. A shirtless man answers a knock at his door (we see his bare chest, abdomen, back and shoulders). A woman wears a shirt that reveals her legs to the hip and we glimpse a bit of her bare buttocks before she removes the shirt (we see her bare shoulders and upper chest) and puts on a dress. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in several scenes. We see a nude baby of indeterminate sex. A man is shown wearing swim trunks while surfing (bare chest, abdomen and back are shown). A man is shown wearing boxer briefs and a T-shirt and we see his bare legs and a bulge at his groin. A man is shown bare-chested and we see his bare back, abdomen from the side and chest.
 A man and a woman kiss and hug several times while in a bar with several other men at a table. A man and a woman kiss. A man and woman hold each other and sleep in a bed (they are clothed).
 A woman talks about the distribution of condoms during a humanitarian mission and a man jokes about that being a license to rape.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A sniper prepares to shoot at a car from a great distance; he fires and we see a car windshield shatter as the bullet passes through a man in the passenger seat and then into a man in the back seat of the car (blood splatters around the victims and the car and we see both men dead). A man with a bloody face and cuts on his nose from a beating is tied into a chair and then shot in the head (we see more blood).
 Several men in a truck pile out and into a compound where one man with a machete threatens a woman and yells at her; he charges toward another man and they fight until the man with the machete is killed after being struck with a shovel, another man shoots at them while they are fighting and he is thrown to the ground and shot through the chin and out the top of the head (blood sprays), and another man with a machete charges the man from the compound and a young man shoots him in the back (we see blood spray as he falls dead).
 Shots are fired into a house where two men and a woman are, one man is shot in the head (blood splatters and he falls dead), and the other man and the woman run through the house hiding from the gunman who come into the house and they exchange gunfire: one gunman is stabbed in the throat (we see a lot of blood and hear him gurgling) and his neck is broken (we hear a crunch), a gunman shoots a woman (we hear a scream and see the body with two bloody wounds on the chest), a man tending horses is shot (we see a bloody chest wound), the man and the woman hide in a bathroom and a flammable liquid is poured under the door then lit as another man is shot and falls through a skylight and into the flames, and an explosive ignites and blows two men through the air as the other man and the woman escape and speed away in a car, while the man puts an explosive in a car and it blows up throwing a man through the air. A man shoots another man through the hand (we see a very bloody hand and bullet wound as well as blood splatter on the man's face).
 A man hits a gunman in the head with a shovel, pushes him into a trough and breaks his neck (we hear a crack). Two men shoot at each other and then fight with knives: each appears to be stabbed and one is stabbed through the hand (we see blood and the blade goes through the hand); they wrestle and one man pushes his thumb into the other man's eye before stabbing him in the throat (we see blood and hear a crunch). A gunman follows a man and they shoot each other; the gunman is killed and the other man is wounded (we see blood on both men and we see a large bloody hole in one man's abdomen as he bandages the wound). Two men open an apartment door and it sets off an explosion that blows them both through the air (we see rubble blow out the windows of the apartment and fall to the street below). A man with a gun threatens to shoot a woman before he is shot by another man and is then charged by a bull and gored twice (we hear a crunch and see bloody wounds as he lies dead on the ground).
 A man is shot at by gunmen who chase him through a building; he escapes through an air vent and he falls out and onto a dumpster in the street below (he seems unharmed). A man hits another man in the face and he slams into a towel bar on a wall (we see his bloody head). A man in a bar appears drunk and stumbles into a table twice spilling beer on a man seated there; another man at the table gets up and punches him in the face, then punches another man and seems to break his arm (we hear a crunch) before running out of the bar. A man shoves another man after he grabs a woman's arm roughly. A man hits a woman in the side of the head and we see blood on her head and face as she stumbles and falls to the ground (perhaps dead). A man shoves another man down a flight of stairs and holds a gun on him. A woman is tied up on the floor and a gun is held to her temple (she is not shot).
 A man sleeps with a handgun on his chest. We hear about raids on civilians and see armed men attacking villages and many dead bodies on the ground with bloody wounds visible. Armed men patrol an area where an airstrip is being built.
 We see a bullfight and after the bull charges the matador a few times we see the matador draw a sword and drive it into the animal's back (the camera cuts away at the point where it enters the animal).
 We see wounded people being treated in a clinic and one man is shown with a bandage around the stump of his arm as a doctor talks about treating many machete injuries. A doctor discusses brain scans that have a layer of plaque that is causing memory loss and short temper in a man. A man has a scar on his neck (maybe a bullet wound). We see a woman with a bruised face and a bloody lip (she was apparently beaten).
 A man rants about, "The horror we created," and "Killing like animals." A man tells another man, "I don't want to see you with a bullet in the back of your head." A woman talks about paying a debt to a man with marriage. A man talks about selling arms to rebels and assassinations.
 A man gets dizzy, stumbles and appears to be in pain in a few scenes; he passes out in one scene and vomits in two other scenes (we see goo and hear splatter). A man is watched on a city street until he goes into a subway.
 A piece of machinery breaks down and parts fall apart as men stand nearby (no one is injured).


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LANGUAGE 8 - About 39 F-words and its derivatives, 12 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (soldier boy, well-digger), exclamations (bloody, oh dear), 2 religious profanities (GD), 2 religious exclamations (Oh God, Christ Sake).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman appears to be under the influence of a drug (she seems woozy), and a man snorts some type of capsule (probably ammonia) in order to invigorate himself. Many people gathered in a restaurant are seen with alcoholic beverages and some are seen drinking, a man drinks from a glass of wine, a man holding a glass of whiskey appears to be drunk as he stumbles and slurs his speech, people in a bar drink beers and one man appears to be drunk (he stumbles into a table twice), a man and a woman drink champagne in a restaurant, and two men and a woman drink wine with a meal. Several people in a bar are seen with lit cigarettes, a man smokes a cigarette in a hotel room, a man smokes in an apartment several times, a man smokes a cigarette outside a hospital, two men smoke cigarettes in a home, a man smokes outside in a few scenes, and a man smokes in an office.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Humanitarian crises, the Congo, private security contractors, mineral farming, greed, starvation, rape, civil war, chaos, paranoia, post-concussion damage, Alzheimer's Disease, depression, adoption, philanthropy, black ops.

MESSAGE - It can be hard to redeem yourself after doing bad things.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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