American Gun (2002)
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James Coburn stars in this disappointing drama about a man who tracks the gun he believes killed his daughter. Living out his twilight years in a dreary, snowbound Vermont town, tragedy strikes when his beloved daughter (Virginia Madsen) returns home for the holidays. While out doing some last minute shopping, she is shot and killed, seemingly by a nameless local thug. Crushed by her tragic and sudden death Coburn's hard-working everyman falls to pieces and decides to set out on in search of the
Jan 1, 2002 Wide
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Martin internalizes everything, and Coburn must communicate only through pained looks. It's a tremendous performance.
Getting a lot of quality cinema out of a tight budget, Jacobs (Just One Night) takes some risks in the storytelling department that result in a film that encourages one to think long and hard about the subject of guns.
The film comes closer to doing for firearms what "Jurassic Park 3" did for dinosaurs. It showed lots of 'em, had them kill a few people and made you wish it would end sooner than it did.
[It's] what happens when a director makes a movie based on what he imagines to be true, instead of what's actually so.
Coburn is the whole show. Disregard the melodrama, and take it instead as a tone poem documenting the final, wintery ride of an irreplaceably magnificent bastard.
Its intentions are good, at least if you share the film's wariness of guns, but the execution so earnest as to be joyless.
Gives the gun control debate a real shot in the arm (no pun intended). Whether it succeeds or fails as a story is largely irrelevant - it at least tries to be great.
Right up until [the] fatal last reel, American Gun is a mostly engaging and intriguing character study of an expectedly determined man.
Tries to do way too much, what with its anti-gun message, its warm family drama, its pointless flashbacks to World War II, its real-meaning- of-Christmas and, worst of all, its fake-out structure.
Anyone who has seen In the Bedroom will feel a sense of déjà vu during American Gun, and the latter will not be well-served by the inevitable comparisons.
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