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The Gunman

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Movies - (AP)

DI­REC­TOR Pierre Morel’S geopo­lit­i­cal thriller”The Gunman” be­gins in 2006 in the Congo, where mer­ce­nary Jim Ter­rier (Sean Penn), an ex-spe­cial forces man work­ing os­ten­si­bly in se­cu­rity, is up to some­thing dodgy with his band of Euro­pean for­mer mil­i­tary types, who in­clude Felix (Javier Bar­dem) and Cox (stage ac­tor Mark Ry­lance). One morn­ing Jim says good­bye to girl­friend An­nie (Ital­ian ac­tress Jas­mine Trinca). She thinks he’ll be pick­ing her up later at the health clinic where she works. He says he hopes he won’t be work­ing late. We know from Penn’s face that it might be a long while in­deed be­fore he re­turns.

That same night, as it hap­pens, Jim’s task is to as­sas­si­nate the coun­try’s min­ing min­is­ter on be­half of his shad­owy for­eign bosses. His mis­sion ac­com­plished, Jim needs to leave, and fast. Eight years later, af­ter some time in Europe, he’s back in Africa, try­ing to purge his sins with hu­man­i­tar­ian work dig­ging wells. But some­one’s out to kill him. Af­ter a sud­den at­tack at his work­site sees him dis­patch­ing a bunch of ma­chine-gun tot­ing killers, Jim flees once more, in a des­per­ate fight to find his killers be­fore they find him.

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