"Paper Thin, Shallow and Immoral"
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DIE IN A GUNFIGHT doesn’t work on any level. The characters are shallow, with Ben unlikeable, and Mary just an airhead. The performances are over the top, and all the other characters are even more poorly drawn. Also, the attempts at comedy in DIE IN A GUNFIGHT aren’t funny, its action scenes are unimpressive, and the movie has a strong non-Christian
worldview with lots of strong foul language, some graphic violence, depicted drug use, and other immoral content.
There have been countless stories inspired by the star-crossed lovers of Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET. The new action-comedy DIE IN A GUNFIGHT tries to join that pantheon. However, this story of a young man and a young woman from rival families of media moguls, who try to reignite their forbidden love with ultimately tragic circumstances, is a failure on all levels. Its attempts at comedy fail to be funny, its action scenes are unimpressive, the acting and writing are cartoonishly bad, and the movie has a strong non-Christian worldview, lots of strong foul language, some graphic violence, depicted drug use, and other immoral content.
The movie opens with some admittedly fun animation explaining the life of its protagonist Ben (Diego Boneta), who is described by narrator Billy Crudup as having taken part in and lost more than 700 fights. He’s the bad-boy heir to a communications-mogul fortune, and his parents want to keep him away from his true love Mary (Alexandra Daddario), the daughter of their rival.
The movie’s plot is paper-thin and way too simple to sustain interest. Basically, Ben and Mary don’t care what their families think and decide they’ll be together, and Ben asks her to marry him in ridiculously fast fashion. Mary is being trailed by a hitman/spy named Terence hired by her parents to keep her from Ben, and Terence has fallen for her as well.
When the couple entrusts Ben’s mother with knowledge of their wedding, she tells a couple other people she thinks she can trust. But, as Terence and a rival hitman get the word as well, can the wedding happen safely, or is our loving couple in danger?
DIE IN A GUNFIGHT doesn’t work on any level. The characters are shallow, with Ben unlikeable, and Mary just an airhead. The performances are over the top, and all the other characters are even more poorly drawn. I didn’t laugh once in its entire 92 minutes.
The movie also has wall-to-wall narration. This is a sign of lazy writing, because the narrator has to incessantly tell viewers everything. Worst of all is its insulting slap at Christianity during the wedding scene, when the man leading the vows mocks the story of Adam and Eve as the “Judeo-Christian creation myth” and romanticizes their rebellion against God in the Garden of Eden.
Lazy, uninspired and boring, DIE IN A GUNFIGHT is a worthless viewing experience for anyone. It has a strong Romantic worldview with little to no redemptive content, lots of strong foul language, implied sexual immorality, depicted drug use, and graphic violence.