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

The Democratic Republic of Congo

is the scene of the worst

humanitarian crisis in the world

according to the United Nations.

In what has been described

as the world's deadliest conflict

since World War II,

millions of people have been killed.

Massacres and rape,

routinely used as weapons of war,

have forced hundreds of thousands

of people to flee their homes.

For years, the United Nations

and non-governmental organizations, NGOs,

have been providing humanitarian relief

in an increasingly unstable situation,

often requiring the presence

of private security contractors

to ensure aid workers' safety.

The conflict is fuelled

by the country's vast mineral wealth,

with all sides suspected

of deliberately prolonging the violence

to plunder natural resources

such as gold, diamonds,

copper, coltan,

and other high-value minerals

to meet the growing demand

of the Western world.

Despite calls for a ceasefire

and the presence of UN peacekeepers,

a deteriorating humanitarian situation

of poverty and corruption

jeopardize hopes of a lasting peace

and reconstruction of the shattered nation.


- Hey.

- What are you drinking?

Oh, you guys look pretty tonight,

but I got my gal over here.

- I'll buy you one.

- Roger that, Jim.

- Hey, chief.

- Hey, what's happening?

- We're up to here in mud out there.

- Jesus.

- So I shut down the site for tonight.

- Will it be ready?

There are not enough of us.

We have to meet the new Minister of Health.

We need his support

to train medical staff locally.

I'll get a face-to-face meeting

and we'll go together.


- I'll email him now.

- Thank you. Hey.

- How are you?

- Good.

- Hey. How are you?

- What's up?

- Where am I? Where do you want me?

- Here. No.

What are you having, Jim?

I'll have a pretty little thing

just like Annie's got here.

- A blue one.

- A blue one, yeah.

- Was there anything else, Annie?

- Yes, there was.

We also need to coordinate with local NGOs

to distribute condoms outside the clinics...

Oh, man. Don't talk to me

about condom distribution.

It's like rape promotion

in these villages.

You might as well

hand them out to the wild dogs.

And a great humanitarian, Mr. Terry Cox.

Wait a minute. How long

we been friends? Twenty years?

I think that's the first time

I've ever heard you call me a humanitarian.

Our main story from Africa,

where the Minister of Mining

and Natural Resources

of the Democratic Republic of Congo

has triggered a burst of reactions

from the international community

this afternoon

by announcing the decision to cancel

and renegotiate all pre-existing contracts

with foreign mining companies.

With growing evidence

of political corruption,

there are questions regarding

the motivations behind this decision,

but the minister

advocates the restricted...

Good morning, honey.

- I've gotta go to work.

- Okey-dokey.

Really. We are short on staff.

- I have to.

- Okay, sweetheart.

- You have a good day at work.

- Let me go.

- Don't you have to go to work, too?

- I think I got a couple of hours.

I gotta grab some stuff from my place,

and then get out to the site.

What are you doing over there?

Aren't you guys here to work for us?

To protect us?

I am your 24-hour personal bodyguard.

I'm putting my meanest guys

on the clinic tonight. You'll be safe.

Will you work late?

I'm hoping not.

I'll see you later.

See you later, Jim.

How we doing on

the perimeter-fence check? Over.

Perimeter checked and secured.

This security detail's getting boring.

I can't wait to see some real action.

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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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