The Way of the Gun

Year: 2000
Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Writer: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Ryan Phillipe, Benicio Del Toro, Juliette Lewis, Taye Diggs, James Caan, Nicky Katt

I only decided to watch this film after learning it was written and directed by Chris McQuarrie, whose work writing The Usual Suspects was so good.

But like Postal and Snake Eyes, only the first five minutes are very distinctive or memorable. In fact, the movie was taking so long to get anywhere and say anything it's one of the few I turned off without finishing.

McQuarrie's blistering scripting ability comes right out in the opening coda as the heroes Ryan Phillipe and Benicio Del Toro argue with a terminally angry couple (including Sarah Silverman) in a nightclub queue.

They play grifters looking for a big score who decide to kidnap a surrogate mother (Lewis) carrying a baby for a society couple. With the two private security guards (including Diggs) and a shady fixer (Caan) on their tails, you expect a lot more excitement and characterisation.

There's plenty of the latter, but for the hour or more I watched it, there was absolutely no story to go along with it, just a loose collection of scenes (some good, some over-directed) that didn't even hint at adding up to a whole.

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