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Case Number 21077: Small Claims Court

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Image Entertainment // 2010 // 82 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge Roy Hrab (Retired) // April 8th, 2011

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Editor's Note

Our review of Gun (Blu-Ray), published January 10th, 2011, is also available.

The Charge

"My family's been in the gun business since the Hoover administration…"

The Case

John Larroquette?! What? Really? What is John Larroquette (Boston Legal) doing in this movie? And Danny Trejo (Machete) for a couple minutes, too? Whoa…I'm starting to freak-out here, man. But I digress.

Gun is piece of work. Too bad, it's a mediocre one that is populated by laughable dialogue, wooden acting, lots of cursing, and a barely coherent script. Plus, John Larroquette (the man who played Dan Fielding in Night Court!) and Danny Trejo make (very) brief appearances!

The story is penned by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (Righteous Kill), who also plays the lead character, Rich. He's an ambitious up-and-coming arms dealer in Detroit. Rich is wiping out his competition and looking to expand his business nationwide with a little help from a mysterious woman. Additionally, an acquaintance from long ago, Angel (Val Kilmer, The Doors), has just been released from prison and is looking for work. Rich brings Angel into his crew, and the body count starts to rise. As the bullets fly, the cops look to take Rich down.

That's about it. If it doesn't sound like much, that's because it isn't. The film contains story-like substances, but it is very weak stuff that doesn't hold together well. There is barely enough content for the film's slim 82 minute runtime. And that's with the pointless flashback scenes, including one involving a lame plot "twist" that will leave nobody gasping. The film actually has two "twists," so pay attention! Or not. Actually, it's probably better if you don't pay attention.

The acting is poor. Kilmer behaves like he's sedated. Jackson just doesn't have much skill as an actor at this point in time. The rest of the cast just spouts ham-fisted dialogue, such as the Larroquette line quoted above.

The picture quality is adequate. It's washed-out to give the pic an "authentic" look. The surround sound is pretty good.

The lone extra is the trailer for the film.

Gun is another forgettable straight-to-video release, featuring actors going through the motions just to collect a quick paycheck. Take a pass on it.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 25

Perp Profile

Studio: Image Entertainment
Video Formats:
• 2.35:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• English (SDH)
• Spanish
Running Time: 82 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Rated R
• Action
• Bad
• Crime

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• Trailer


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