The Way of the Gun
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In this suspense thriller, two small-time crooks make a bid for the big time with disastrous results. Robin (Juliette Lewis) is carrying a child as a surrogate mother for a wealthy couple, Hale and Francesca Chidduck (Scott Wilson and Kristin Lehman) when she's kidnapped by Parker (Ryan Phillippe) and Longbaugh (Benicio Del Toro), who believe that the adoptive parents will pay a large ransom to ensure the safety of both mother and baby. The kidnappers soon discover that they're out of their league when they're confronted by Mafia-connected lawyer Joe Sarno (James Caan) and a pair… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Both the picture and its nefarious plot seem self-consciously calculated."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"In a way, [McQuarrie] almost seems motivated by the same things that drive his killers: desperation and loot."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Exceptionally violent movie -- not for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"An odd mingling of the old and the no-longer-quite-so-new, a picture that shows flashes of wit but as a whole doesn't hang together."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The movie has a bunch of great individual scenes, but as a whole, the thing never gels."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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
"At first you're surprised when you get the rug pulled out from under you. Eventually, if you're a quick study, you stop stepping on it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It boastfully claims roaring, bloodletting gunfire to do Sam Peckinpah proud, Joe Kraemer's throbbing percussive score (proving timpani should get more melodies) and any number of quotable, slick dialogue snippets. Swaggering, verbose, soulful and badass."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"It wants to keep you guessing, but there are so many twists and turns that I gave up trying to guess."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Wants to be one of these violent, manly yet provocative films, but unfortunately it unfurls as more of a big budgeted student film; a collage of borrowed images paying homage to great directors."
‑ Tom Meek, Film Threat
"Christopher McQuarrie makes a sluggishly paced directing debut."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"It's a tour-de-force of cinematic invention. But at the same time, it's just about the coldest, most pointless crime movie I've ever seen."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"one hell of a sick, exhilarating roller coaster ride through Modern Film Noire Land"
‑ Brandon Judell, Detour Magazine
"Brutal scenes are undercut with lyricism and deadpan wit."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Sight and Sound
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