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Despite its intriguing premise, this earnest anti-gun polemic is too melodramatic to resonate.
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It's a bit like watching a weaker version of Crash, with fewer coincidences.
The guns seem to have been shoved in various characters' pockets as afterthought, and Avelino's interlocking stories never click.
[Avelino] shows an almost tender restraint in his story-telling, not pounding us with a message but simply looking steadily at how guns have made these lives difficult.
While not a perfect movie by any means -- a few scenes feel forced -- there is plenty to recommend it, even beyond the truly great performances.
It's so well done.
While this is not exactly a hopeful movie, it's a polished exercise in the kind of social commentary that can wake people up.
A fitting send off to one of America's best actors who dominates the screen.
A moving morality play indicting America for its ongoing love affair with the Second Amendment.
takes too many shortcuts and easy-outs in exploring the issue
Full of grating hysterics and solemn symbolism.
It isn't trite or strident - it doesn't shout or pound the desk - and, in a way, its own thoughtfulness is its worst enemy.
American Gun arrives in theaters too late to really make a difference or say anything new on the subject of school shootings.
[font=Century Gothic]"American Gun" consists of three separate storylines:[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]1) In Ellisburgh, Oregon, the third anniversary of a high school massacre is fast approaching. The mother of one of the shooters, Janet Huttenson(Marcia Gay Harden), is stuggling to get by. Her younger son, David(Chris Marquette), is now the age of his older brother when he died.(But I don't understand why she never moved away to give her younger son a fresh start. Frankly, nobody can handle that much pain and torment.) [/font]
[font=Century Gothic]2) On the south side of Chicago, a high school principal(Forest Whitaker, again proving that he is one of the best actors around) works everyday to make his school a safe place to learn.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]3) In Charlottesville, Va, Mary Ann(Linda Cardellini) is attending the University of Virginia . She is uneasy about working in the gun store that her grandfather(Donald Sutherland) owns.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"American Gun" has an interesting set-up that promises a thorough examination of gun violence in America but the movie goes nowhere quickly and shamefully ducks out of the way of any politcs. Instead, it takes an ineffectual approach to the material that reeks of touchy-feely sentimentalism. Yes, families need to communicate better and we can all use a group hug from time to time but none of that does anything to address the urgent problem of the ready availability of guns in this country.[/font]
Not too trite, but not very original or effective, either.
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