The Way Of The Gun (2000)

“From Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Usual Suspects, this wickedly off-beat mix of crime comedy and gunplay stars Ryan Phillippe and 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 calibre 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 a rising ride of bloodshed, mind games and greed.”

Well it’s a slightly disappointing film, considering the first 5 minutes or so are quite promising and interesting but it kind of just slowly lets go of it’s grip and you’re left just a little like, ah well.

Swearing however is seen as a bit of an art form within this movie. I mean unlike in the Coen Brother’s unnecessary remake of The Ladykillers where swearing is just pointless, here it is crafted and molded in just such a way that makes you laugh, mainly because no one talks like that in real life. This is most evident in the first 5 minutes.

The cast is fairly good, except James Caan is a bit of an uncomfortable screen presents because most of the time he’s on screen he looks like he’s in pane. Plus Juliette Lewis does spend the entire movie walking around as if she is just trying to stop a cushion from falling out from underneath her top, which is equally as painful as watching James Caan’s Val Kilmer/Batman look of not moving his neck neither left nor right.

The film is darkly funny, but what it reminds me of the most is that Brad Pitt film the Mexican. In a way that, the film itself thinks that is funnier and more exciting than it actually is. Where things just happen and we don’t even know a fair enough amount about the characters to fully care or laugh. Also speaking of what I think it wants to be; a modern day Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid it surely isn’t.

Again comparing it to the Mexican, the plot itself just over complicates things to quickly and a lot of the time unnecessarily. Like certain relationships in the film don’t feel incredibly important but the film is half decent, I mean the beginning is good and the ending is good, it’s just the journey in between that brings it down.


Not as much fun as this kind of violence can be, but it has it’s moments, even if those moments are brief.

Best Line in the Film: The best “clean” line would probably be: “I promise you a day of reckoning that you won’t live long enough to never forget.”James Caan but the sweary one would definitely be: “Shut that cunts mouth before I come over there and fuck start her head”Ryan Phillippe


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