WAY OF THE GUN
Starring: James Caan, Benicio Del Toro,
Taye Diggs, Juliette Lewis, &
Runtime: 118 minutes
Distributor: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Producer: Kenneth Kokin
Writer: Christopher McQuarrie
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Juliette Lewis plays Robin, a young girl who agrees to be a surrogate mother for a million dollars. The couple who hire her to carry their baby are very wealthy. Two low-life criminals get the idea to kidnap the baby after visiting a sperm bank for some cash. Longbaugh (Benicio Del Toro) and Parker (Ryan Phillipe of CRUEL INTENTIONS) think they will merely kidnap Robin and demand ransom money, until they discover that the baby’s father is a schemer himself, and the duo are soon pursued by the father’s hit men.
Longbaugh is the tougher, less sensitive of the two men. Unlike Parker, who has developed a bit of sensitivity to Robin, he could care less. Merely wanting the money in exchange for the girl, he comes across Joe (James Caan of MICKEY BLUE EYES), who asks if he is the brains of the outfit. Longbaugh replies, “To tell you the truth, I don’t think this is a brains kind of outfit.” This statement rings true when the senseless violence and prolonged shootouts over money lead to a bloody end.
Although the innocents make it through this movie, the graphic scenes, including a depicted caesarian section in a dirty motel room, are not only unnecessary, but also prolonged. Some of the shootout scenes were unbelievable.
The movie’s dark theme is not only reflected in its depiction of violence and crude behavior, but also in its blasphemous messages to viewers. Parker is a hardened criminal who once heard a victim say the Lord’s Prayer before he shot him, so now he wonders what he will say to God when he dies. Parker brings the subject up to Longbaugh, who responds by saying, “I’m gonna tell God I was framed.” Viewers find out what they truly say to God when Longbaugh and Parker are both dying, while a narration says, “We don’t want your resolution . . . we don’t want your natural order of nature . . . we don’t want your forgiveness.” Regrettably, this bitter reflection is an explicit attack against the only One who truly can offer hope, peace and forgiveness.
Filled with extreme violence, foul language, blasphemy, and adult themes, the WAY OF THE GUN is abhorrent.
The graphic scenes in the WAY OF THE GUN are prolonged unnecessarily. The movie’s dark theme is reflected in its depiction of violence and crude behavior and in its blasphemous messages. For example, one criminal wonders what he will say to God when he dies. Viewers find out what he and his partner truly say to God when a narration says, “We don’t want your resolution . . . we don’t want your natural order of nature . . . we don’t want your forgiveness.” Regrettably, this bitter reflection is an attack against the only One who truly can offer peace and forgiveness. Filled with extreme violence, strong foul language, blasphemy, deception, and greed, WAY OF THE GUN is abhorrent