Turk (Antonio Banderas) is an aged, old rock ‘n roll star. He lives in a beautiful mansion where he refuses to do anything with his life other than walking around his house, angry and frustrated with life. His wife, Sheila (Olga Kurylenko), convinces him to go on holiday so he can clear his mind and she has a chance to explore an unknown destination.
The holiday destination: Chilli.
The only trouble with this relaxing holiday is that shortly after arriving, Turk’s wife gets kidnapped while sightseeing the local animals and exploring nature. Will Turk be able to pay the random or gain the confidence to do something heroic like save his wife?
The main character, Turk (Antonio Banderas), is a character that is downright childish, selfish and immature. Who wants to follow someone like that for 1hr & 30mins?!? Heck, even within the first 10mins of watching the film I was already feeling the struggle and regrets of pressing the play button. The film is loaded with poor, unlikeable characters- every character in Gun Shy is annoying and unfunny. When you see what kind of person Turk is, I’m amazed that his wife actually loves him.
Gun Shy is directed by Simon West, a director who in the past has directed such films as Con Air, Tomb Raider & The General’s Daughter. Considering his directional history, this film will shock many movie lovers. Needless to say, West’s recent films have not had the strong, fun favour that he once had. Some of his recent work includes Stolen, Wild Card and now Gun Shy…
Overall it’s disappointing to witness this low point in Antonio Banderas & Olga Kurylenko careers. Both actors are by far greater than this film. Gun Shy is a silly film with jokes that never score a home run and many moments that are delivered in a poor, tasteless manner. Sorry folks- this is one to avoid: a film that I could never recommend to anyone.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden