The Gunman

Synopsis: A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, working for an unknown client, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's (Sean Penn's) successful kill shot forces him to go into hiding to protect himself and the members of the team from retribution. This includes abruptly abandoning his girlfriend who has no idea what is going on. The assassination, paid for by a foreign mining company, triggers wide spread chaos and death in an already inflamed Congo. Terrier returns to the Congo years later working for an NGO, but eventually finds himself to be the target of a paid hit squad somehow connected to the ministers assassination. This leads to immediate deaths and the endangerment of the people working around him, and forces him back into hiding. In trying to discover who has put a price on his head, he begins to reconnect to the members of his old assassination team, including his old girlfriend. Always aware there is no path to redemption for his crimes, he is also periodically inc
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Pierre Morel
Production: Open Road Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

It's crazy hot out here tonight.

I've made sure that every checkpoint

is resupplied with fresh water.

Roger that. I don't know about you,

but I find it harder and harder

to focus out here in this heat.

I've been letting the dehydration

get to my memory so much,

I'm having to start writing shit down

just to remember to take a piss.

I was video-documenting on my cell phone

earlier, like a goddamn wazoo.

Action at the gate. Sitrep.

Roger. Two NGO vehicles on site.

Seems to be Felix's escort.

Felix and Cox jabbering. What do you figure

that's all about at 2200 hours?

- On my mark, switch to all freq 4.

- Roger. Switching now.

- Reed, Jim. Check.

- Lima Charlie to me.

I got a feeling we're going operational.

- Hey, Annie.

- Felix.

- Hello. Is he gonna make it?

- Till the next time.

- I need a break.

- Sure.

We've had five of those

machete wounds today. We lost two.

Another day in paradise.

Did you get us a meeting

with the Minister of Health?

Yeah. 9:
00 tomorrow morning, you and I.

- Happy?

- Did you go to the airstrip tonight?

- Just for a few minutes. Administrative.

- Did you see Jim?

I didn't speak to him.

I didn't wanna bother him.

They've got a big job out there,

and I had a sense they'd go late.

He's a lucky man, Jim Terrier.

- He's a hard man.

- If only you could love a soft one.

- Can I drive you home?

- Thanks, but I'll wait for Jim.


There's plenty of work here

for me to pass the time.

I only stopped by to ask you that.

Hey, Jim. Document this.

Oh, Reed! Watch where

you point that weapon, man.

Have some barrel control, man.

All right, mates,

here are your target packs.

Drop that, Jimmy.

This is Operation Calvary.

We insert as a team here,

four degrees, 18 minutes south,

15 degrees, 18 minutes east.

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Don Macpherson

Don Macpherson is a Canadian journalist. He is the Quebec affairs columnist for the Montreal Gazette. He has covered Quebec political affairs since 1985. Macpherson, who is of Scottish origin, was raised in the Montreal neighbourhood of Rosemont. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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