With "The Gunman," two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn becomes the latest actor of a certain age to shoot for a mid-career jolt via some good old-fashioned action heroism. It worked spectacularly well for Liam Neeson in the "Taken" movies and its successors, less so for Pierce Brosnan in "The November Man" and Kevin Costner in "3 Days to Kill." So what about Penn?
"The Gunman" finds the dramatic actor playing a mercenary-turned-aid-worker who gets pulled back into his old gun-wielding life. Alas, according to reviews, the movie misses the mark.