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MOVIE REVIEW | ***CLOSING DOWN WEEK*** The Way of the Gun (2000)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “It’s trying so hard to be gritty and shocking and jarring.”

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Recently, in my neighbourhood, I saw something that’s all too common these days. A video shop that was closing down. They had a big sign out the front, “4 movies for $10”. I looked in my wallet, saw $30 and decided I wasn’t leaving that shop until I found 12 movies I thought were worth having on my DVD shelf. Some were movies I’d seen before. Some were movies I had a vague idea about and thought would be worth the $2.50 gamble. Some were oddities I’d never even heard of, but they looked interesting enough. So, thank you, Network Video Brunswick West. I never rented anything from you or even had a membership, but I did find some cool, interesting and mysterious things on your almost empty shelves.

“I promise you a day of reckoning that you won’t live long enough to never forget.”

I saw The Way of the Gun back when it was first released on video. I remember thinking it was pretty shitty. A cheap Tarantino knock off that wanted so bad to be cool. In the years since, I’ve seen it slowly sneak its way onto pop culture websites and into general movie nerd conversation as a bit of a cult classic for a certain generation. Maybe I was too young to get it back then, but being in my early 20s when it was released makes me think I was the exact target demographic for its uber machismo bull shit. I can’t imagine I ever would have sort it out again, but that growing cult respect, and the fact that it only cost $2.50, made me think that the universe was telling me I needed to give The Way of the Gun another chance.

Parker (Ryan Phillippe) and Longbaugh (Benicio Del Toro) are two drifters, surviving on the road by selling their various bodily fluids. One day at a sperm bank, they overhear a conversation about a surrogate mother and $1million. They decide that said surrogate would make for a pretty impressive ransom, so they decide to kidnap her. In a move that might set a pre-Shoot ‘Em Up record for how quickly a movie delivers its first gunfight, they manage to take the pregnant woman (Juliette Lewis as Robin) from her heavily armed body guards (Nicky Katt and Taye Diggs as Obecks and Jeffers). (more…)