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Christopher McQuarrie may exhibit a way behind the camera in the stylish The Way of the Gun, but his script falters with dull characterization and a plot so needlessly twisty that most viewers will be ready to tune out before the final reveal. Read critic reviews

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They make no excuses. They don't ask forgiveness. Their story is without compromise, brutal and simple. For contemporary desperados Parker and associate Longbaugh, crime means survival at any cost. Their impromptu plan to kidnap surrogate mother Robin, just weeks from delivering the son of Hale and Francesca Chidduck, seems to be a fast way to cash in on a fat ransom and head for the border. But their haste does indeed make waste.

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  • Nov 29, 2011
    Christopher McQuarrie's directorial debut "The Way of the Gun" is an off-beat reimagining of the classic Western that starts and ends with a loud bang. It gets far-fetched and outlandish from time to time, but never so much that we become uninterested. It is a handsomely directed film, featuring a fine array of well-choreographed shootouts and impressive performances. At times it can be a tad bit pretentious, but McQuarrie quickly gets back on our level and distracts us with firefights and questions about paternity. His writing is definitely one of the stronger elements here. I enjoyed this film very much.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2011
    It was good, but not much more than that. It kept me interested throughout and some parts were really enjoyable, mainly the crazy gun fight at the end. The story is a bit weak, but it sufficed. Ryan Phillippe was funny and Benicio Del Toro was really quiet for some reason. James Caan's performance was quite different than any other movie he's been in. In movies like Misery and Elf, he was quiet and was soft-spoken, but here he plays sort of a messenger who knows how to handle a gun. The actors were generally well-cast. I can't say The Way of the Gun is memorable, but it's a good movie to watch when there's nothing else to do.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2011
    "The Way of the Gun" is an uneven and unbalanced film that has it's moments but ultimately comes off as contrived and pointless. First let me say that the performances, especially those by Phillippe, Del Toro and Caan, are all solid but in the end it takes a decent script to make the film. There is so much going on and it's presented in a very jumbled and confusing manner that it all comes off very sloppy in the end. The gunfights, while entertaining enough, are in excess in terms of sheer madness (When a guy goes behind a concrete wall shooting countless clips and shotgun rounds into said wall, doesn't really do anything) and seems stupid on the part of the characters. All in all this is a film that comes off as confusing and muddled but the countless gun fights, as overkill as they are, should leave those that can stomach the violence entertained enough.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2011
    Strange but entertaining. Might have been more realistic with a few fewer coincidences.
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