"Defending the Family Homestead"
What You Need To Know:
JANE GOT A GUN has bursts of action and an exciting finale, but Director O’Connor employs a meditative approach to his story. JANE GOT A GUN has more on its mind than the typical action movie or western. Also, it upholds positive values of loyalty between spouses and honoring family above all. It’s a movie with positive values, but it runs too slow to be as entertaining as it could have been. The flashbacks slow things down too much. JANE GOT A GUN also has some strong foul language, very strong violence and brief innuendo, so extreme caution is advised.
(BB, PP, C, Pa, LLL, VVV, S, AA, D, MMM) Strong moral worldview that includes a positive view of gun ownership and family loyalty, plus man selflessly comes to aid of woman, but some indications of troubled, less than pure, pasts; 22 or 23 obscenities (including three “f” words) and four or five profanities; some strong and very strong western violence includes an attempted rape scene where woman finally shoots would-be assailant, a torture scene where lead villain tries to choke a man into divulging information and it’s implied the man indeed winds up dying, shootouts and gunfights (some shootings are more graphic than others), woman digs bullets out of husband’s back after villains shoot him, a headshot, and explosions; an attempted rape scene and implied sex in the past; no nudity; alcohol use and one character has an alcoholic past that he regrets; smoking cigarettes and cigars; and, general threats and wrongdoing by criminal outlaw gang, who enjoy terrifying woman whose husband they shoot.
JANE GOT A GUN is the story of a woman in the Old West who defends her family with the help of a selfless former boyfriend, guns and explosives after her husband is shot and nearly killed by a gang of outlaws. JANE GOT A GUN has an exciting finale, with a strong moral worldview, but it’s a bit too slow getting to the end and contains some strong foul language, very strong violence and innuendo.
The movie opens with Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) watching her husband, Bill, ride home towards them on horseback. She quickly finds that something is wrong when Bill (Noah Emmerich) falls off his horse. She discovers Bill has several bullet wounds in him.
It turns out that Bill ran afoul of a gang led by wicked outlaw John Bishop (Ewan McGregor), but escaped after being shot by them. The gang is determined to find him, however. As they get ever closer to their homestead, Jane heads out to seek her ex-boyfriend Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton) and succeeds in begging him to help defend her family and land.
Between bursts of action as Dan and Jane fight back against the marauders, the movie takes lengthy detours into flashbacks that spotlight how their relationship played out in the past and led into the present. While the finale is exciting, much of the movie takes forever to have anything of interest happen as Director O’Connor employs a meditative approach to his story.
JANE GOT A GUN has more on its mind than the typical action movie or western. Also, it upholds positive values of loyalty between spouses and honoring family above all. It’s a western with strong positive values, but it runs too slow to be as entertaining as it could have been. The flashbacks slow things down too much. JANE GOT A GUN also has some strong foul language, some very strong violence and innuendo (see the CONTENT section above), so extreme caution is advised.