Monday, October 13, 2014

Enjoy your life - Movie Review – Gutshot (2014)

Movie informations: Gutshot (aka Gutshot Straight), 2014.
Directed by Justin Steele, Starring George Eads, AnnaLynne McCord, Steven Seagal, Vinnie Jonnes, Ted Levine,Stephen Lang, Tia Carrere and Fiona Dourif.

Gutshot (2014)


A hard-up gambler gets in deep with the underworld when he takes up a bet from a wealthy gangster to pay off his loans. 

movie review - Gutshot (2014)

Don’t be fooled by the poster art for Gutshot as this isn’t a Steven Seagal vehicle, despite his image being the most prominent. Neither is it a Vinnie Jones headliner, as his mug is also all over it, but both actors are part of an ensemble cast that includes Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs), George Eads (CSI: Crime Scene Investigtion), AnnaLynne McCord (Excision) and Stephen Lang (Tombstone) in a film that feels a little different in style for all involved, which isn’t a bad thing. 

Jack (Eads) is a professional gambler who has run up a considerable amount of debt and is unable to support his wife and daughter. Fed up with living in cheap motel rooms, scraping a few dollars together in card games and taking beatings from gang enforcer Carl (Jones), who is chasing Jack for $10,000, he accepts an offer from flash stranger Duffy (Lang) to earn some serious cash. However, after a few drinks at a strip club and a few easy challenges from Duffy, Jack goes back to Duffy’s house and things take a turn for the worse when Duffy makes Jack a lucrative offer that Jack refuses, forcing the down-on-his-luck gambler to put his life on the line to protect his family. 

The first thing that strikes you about Gutshot – apart from Steven Seagal’s ludicrous hair – is that stylistically it feels like one of those post-Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels gangter movies that seemed to be everywhere around the turn of the millennium, especially with the smooth jazz song that plays over the Bond-ish credits. But it doesn’t feel derogatory like a lot of those older films do as Gunshot finds its own feet fairly quickly as we find out why Jack has gone to Seagal’s loan shark Paulie, and why Paulie hands him a gun.


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