A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, working for an unknown client, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier’s (Sean Penn’s) successful kill shot forces him to go into hiding to protect himself and the members of the team from retribution. This includes abruptly abandoning his girlfriend who has no idea what is going on. The assassination, paid for by a foreign mining company, triggers wide spread chaos and death in an already inflamed Congo.
Terrier returns to the Congo years later working for an NGO, but eventually finds himself to be the target of a paid hit squad somehow connected to the ministers assassination. This leads to immediate deaths and the endangerment of the people working around him, and forces him back into hiding. In trying to discover who has put a price on his head, he begins to reconnect to the members of his old assassination team, including his old girlfriend.
The Gunman is a French-American action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel and written by Don Macpherson, Pete Travis and Sean Penn, based on the novel The Prone Gunman, by Jean-Patrick Manchette. It stars Penn, with Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, and Javier Bardem appearing in supporting roles. The film was released on March 20, 2015 by Open Road Films.
Directed by: Pierre Morel
Starring: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Alba, Mark Rylance, Melina Matthews, Jasmine Trinca, Ray Winstone, Deborah Rosan
Screenplay by: Don MacPherson
Production Design by: Andrew Laws
Cinematography by: Flavio Martínez Labiano
Film Editing by: Frédéric Thoraval
Costume Design by: Jill Taylor
Set Decoration by: Anneke Botha
Music by: Marco Beltrami
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, language and some sexuality.
Studio: Open Road Films
Release Date: March 20, 2015