Sean Penn is returning to a leading role, in this new thriller from director Pierre Morel. He, of course, is the director of Taken, which showed us just what he is capable of from an action film perspective, and from the perspective of reinvigorating the action career of an aging star as he did with Liam Neeson. From the trailer, it looks like the classic plot where a former assassin or secret operative is facing his own past when his old company seeks to tie up loose ends, including him. However, the cast in place here certainly makes it look like this will be much more than average. An ensemble including Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone and Idris Elba sounds like something I can definitely get down with, and I have to say that the trailer looked very slick. I haven’t seen Sean Penn at his best in a long time, but maybe The Gunman will be a huge return to form. His last real leading role was in ‘Milk’ and that was quite some time ago. I find that hard to believe, but it’s true.
I personally am looking forward to this one, so let’s hope Morel is able to deliver some more success, more in the vein of Taken, than his other effort From Paris With Love. The film is set for release on March 20th, 2015.