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  • Sep 16, 2000
Rating:
+3
Pros: Cast made out of eye candy; great plot; James Caan kicks booty!; Wonderful scenery

Cons: Really foul language and lots of violence

Since I am Features Editor of The Northern Light (UAA's newspaper), I constantly look for current movies to review, as well as music, plays, restaurants, and websites. A friend of mine and I decided to go to a movie tonight, so I jumped on Epinions this morning to find out what is going to be released next week or was just released this week.

I have unfortunately found that Anchorage (all of Alaska, for that matter) doesn't get too many movies right away. I'm too used to living in a metropolitan area (Long Island, New York), where I can take advantage of new movies immediately. Sei (my friend) and I could choose from Bait or The Way of the Gun. Since light movies have been reviewed in the past two issues, I thought the latter of the two choices would make for a nice difference in the next issue.

Boy, was I right.

When I found out that Ryan Phillippe, Benicio del Toro, James Caan, Taye Diggs, and Juliette Lewis were all in this movie, I was amazed at the lack of publicity. I didn't even see a trailer for it, and there weren't any "Coming Soon" posters up about it at the movie theatre. What a shame! Due to lack of publicity, I don't think this movie is going to get the attendance it deserves.

The movie starts out with Parker (Phillippe) and Longbaugh (del Toro) as two punks hanging out together outside a nightclub. They get into a bit of a fight (to say the least) and, the next thing you know, they're "straying off the path" they think they're supposed to take in life.

This new path leads them directly to a young woman named Robin (Lewis), who is the surrogate mother for a very wealthy couple. They kidnap her right under the noses of her bodyguards, Jeffers (Diggs) and Obecks (Nicky Katt). The future father, Mr. Chidduck (his name wasn't listed in the credits, and I don't know who he is), decides to take matters into his own hands rather than go to the police. Obecks and Jeffers along with Chidduck's longtime friend and cohort, Joe Sarno (Caan), are instructed to get the baby and the girl, kill the two kidnappers, and make sure the $15 million ransom isn't lost.

Let me warn you that there is a great deal of violence and foul language in this film. I mean, they say the "C" word twice. I believe they were trying to beat Scarface with the amount of "F" words they used in the first scene. It wasn't too appropriate, but, thankfully, the language simmered down in time. If you're easily turned off by foul language or violence (even a little gore at times), this may not be the best choice for you.

The loyalties of the audience are strewn all over this film. You constantly feel sorry for Robin, but root for Parker and Longbaugh. Then, you find yourself cheering for Jeffers until something happens. And, you will always empathize with Sarno. During the final shoot-out, you just don't know who to cheer for. The character development is wonderful.

I'm not a big Juliette Lewis fan, even though she shares the same first name as my mother. I find her very whiny. She's the reason I never saw Natural Born Killers. However, she was TERRIFIC as Robin in this movie! I couldn't get over it. For some reason, Lewis always does a great job playing a pregnant woman. (Have you ever seen Mixed Nuts?)

I like Phillippe very much. However, even though he's incredibly handsome, I didn't like the way he portrayed Parker in this film. For some reason, he uses a very thick New York accent that makes you think he's trying to be an italian mafioso man or something. That irked me, as I was under the impression that they were from Illinois due to the shot of the license plate of their car. Del Toro and Diggs were both good, but nothing to write home about. And, do I really have to say how good looking they are?

The scenery was fabulous. The entire movie, with the exception of the first 10 minutes, takes place in the southwest United States and Mexico. From the beautiful view from the Chidduck's house to the slimy hotel Robin is taken to, the set dressing is wonderful. The great cinematography really needs to be mentioned.

Speaking of which, pay close attention to the opening scene and closing scene of the movie. The whole idea (which I don't even want to come close to giving away) hit me and Sei like a ton of bricks during our ride to dinner after the movie. Let me tell you, I still feel like an idiot for not realizing it right away. I just wonder what other simple nuances I missed. Oh, well. I guess I just have to see it again.



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Two professional criminals, Parker (Ryan Phillippe) and Longbaugh (Benicio Del Toro), think they've devised the plan of a lifetime: kidnap Robin (Juliette Lewis), a pregnant surrogate mother, then collect on the ransom money from the parents-to-be. However, when Parker begins to take a shine to the kidnapping victim, the plan begins to crumble. But it is not until a heavily armed group of mob hit men arrive with the ransom money that Parker and Longbaugh realize they've cooked up a spicy stew of chaos, violence, and confusion. The unborn baby tops it off, making Christopher McQuarrie's THE WAY OF THE GUN a terrifically tense nail-biter.
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 8, 2000
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Artisan Entertainment (October 23, 2001)
Runtime: 1hr 58min
Studio: Lions Gate
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