The Way of the Gun
Format: DVDMultiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
List price: $9.98
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The big selling point for The Way of the Gun is the fact that it was written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the guy who wrote The Usual Suspects. Benicio Del Toro and Ryan Phillippe star as two low-rent criminals who fall into a plan to kidnap a surrogate mother (Juliette Lewis) who is carrying a baby for a very wealthy couple. The duo are immediately in over their heads, and their kidnapping plot brings to light the dark and hidden tendrils of the old man's family structure. It also brings on lots of gunfights and lots of blood. McQuarrie creates some good action sequences (particularly the slow-moving car "chase" through the alleys), but that only serves to emphasize the one major weakness of the film: the script. Though it's chock full of macho declarations, shootouts, and "surprise" revelations, the core story is ultra-predictable. That wouldn't be so bad if there were any characters to care about, but only a supporting performance from James Caan elicits any kind of sympathy. This is merely a movie based on violent movies, with no additional commentary. Then again, McQuarrie does do a nice job with much of the action. Though nowhere near as good as The Usual Suspects, particularly in its story, The Way of the Gun is a promising debut for McQuarrie as a director. --Andy Spletzer
List Price: $9.98
Rating: R (Restricted)
Studio: Lions Gate
Actors: Ryan Phillippe Benicio Del Toro Juliette Lewis Taye Diggs Nicky Katt
Size: 7.4000" x 5.1000"
Weight: 0.2000 lbs.
Language: English, Spanish, French, Spanish, English, English