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The Way of the Gun

  R HD Closed Captioning

Christopher McQuarrie

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Plot Summary

From Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Usual Suspects, this wickedly off-beat mix of crime, comedy and gunplay stars Ryan Phillippe and Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro. Convinced they'll score big money fast by kidnapping a young surrogate mother (Juliette Lewis) carrying the child of a wealthy Southwestern couple, the two small caliber crooks soon run into major problems. Realizing too late that they're in over their heads, the kidnappers fight to keep their plan from unraveling amid rising time of bloodshed, mind games and greed.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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48%
  • Reviews Counted: 105
  • Fresh: 50
  • Rotten: 55
  • Average Rating: 5.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: McQuarrie has a gift for curveball casting. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Rotten: Stillborn. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: In a way, [McQuarrie] almost seems motivated by the same things that drive his killers: desperation and loot. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The Way of the Gun sometimes trips over its own contrivance, especially at the ammo-ridden end. But most of the time McQuarrie and his cast -- especially Del Toro, Philippe, and Lewis delivering her best, grittiest work in years -- make it crackle. – Jay Carr, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

not The Usual Suspects.

I'm not surprised to not see raves about this film, but an all out slam of it is surprising. I own and love this one. The writing is superb, but not what you'd expect coming from the mind behind The Usual Suspects (McQuarrie). There are a lot of things to dismiss here for the action blockbuster crowd. It's more like the art-house gangster mix of Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead. This is subtle in other words, but worth it. It's character driven and extremely well acted (even Ryan holds his own with Del Toro and James Caan). Although it doesn't have the mainstream appeal of Pulp Fiction it is easily as genre challenging, without the absurdism added to its violence and without the pretense added to some of its dialogue. If you liked The Usual Suspects, but wanted less sensationalism and more realism you will enjoy Way Of The Gun. If you see guns in actor's hands and want a "Die Hard" kind of experience, well, you'll probably hate this movie.

A good film!

One of my favorite movies of all time. If you like Kill Bill, Heat, Westerns, Last Man Standing, etc. You will love this movie also.

A Good Movie for Some

The gunplay in this movie is very nice. Those appreciative of gunfighting will enjoy the last gunfight. The story is something else, but the movie does a nice job with the firearms. Watch the one-handed reload during the last gunfight...nice. Overall I enjoyed this movie and still find it entertaining.

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