The folks out at Image Entertainment sent out a copy of Gun for us to watch, and though I wasn’t expecting much out of this one, I found my expectations quickly surpassed. And though Gun isn’t perfect, it is a lot better than you might see coming.
Gun follows Rich, a low-level street thug turned arms dealer with access to a surprisingly wide array of firepower, many pieces of which will be almost lovingly named and described. Rich’s contacts are his secret weapon, and a surprisingly plausible connection is invented for him that really makes a lot of sense. Meanwhile, Rich’s old friend Angel has just gotten out of prison, and joins up with Rich’s outfit in a bid to make some dough, which as we all know is difficult for most anyone these days and significantly worse for someone with a prison record. But there’s an informant in Rich’s organization that’s threatening to bring the whole thing down, and by the time we find out who it is, well, we’re all going to be pretty surprised.
See, there’s a good reason I didn’t expect much here; one, that title is godawful. Seriously, Gun? What’s the sequel, Duh? Maybe we’ll go trilogy and the third one will be called Ugh. But then I found out that this not only stars notorious rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, but he also wrote the screenplay.
But just when I was expecting a train wreck of epic proportions, what I ended up with instead was a passably good action thriller with some nice twists. Sure, Jackson‘s work is about as subtle as a baseball bat with nails in it at a senior prom, but there actually is a lot to like in the low-budget style that is Gun. The plot has nice twists–I won’t spoil but there will be a couple surprises, especially when you find out where Rich is getting his high-tension firepower in the first place–and the dialogue is at least believable, if a bit hackneyed in points.
This is actually only Jackson‘s second script–via the IMDB, his first was for a music video last year called Before I Self Destruct–and his third comes next year in the form of Things Fall Apart. Frankly, I can see Jackson managing to pull something off here. His work is rough at best and he’s got zero subtlety, but I still want to see Things Fall Apart when it’s ready, especially if it shows improvement over an already fairly decent Gun.
Well worth a rental if you’re into action flicks, the Screenhead Ten Scale tosses Gun a high-caliber seven out of ten (if I were really feeling the punnage today I’d force it to hand over a 7.62, but that’s really riding the concept), for giving me a surprise package I wasn’t expecting. Christmas may be past, but this one was a surprise worthy of Christmas morning.