Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD Release: The Gunman

Digital Release Date: June 16, 2015, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 30, 2015
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Studio: Universal

Sean Penn (The Tree of Life) goes the vengeful Liam Neeson route in the 2015 action thriller The Gunman.

Sean Penn is The Gunman

Sean Penn is The Gunman

It has been eight years since Jim Terrier (Penn) worked as a black-ops assassin and now someone from his old organization wants him dead. Pursued across Africa and Europe by a team of elite hit men, Terrier is dragged back into his dangerous past as he engages in a relentless cat-and-mouse game to take out the man who betrayed him.

Directed by Pierre Morel (From Paris with Love), the movie also features a fine selection of co-stars the fine Idris Elba (Prometheus), Ray Winstone (Hugo), Mark Rylance (Anonymous) and Javier Bardem (Skyfall).

The Gunman was miserably received by critics, garnering a 17% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 143 published reviews. Ouch. The poor critical reception didn’t help the domestic box office gross, which tapped out at $11 million this past spring.

But, er, well, if you like Sean Penn and the boys, then there’re probably worst things you could do then with your time—like mowing the lawn or re-shingling your house….


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.